Bill Buchanan (professor)

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William (Bill) Buchanan
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Bill Buchanan
Born 6 March 1961
Nationality British
Occupation Professor
Employer Edinburgh Napier University
Known for Computer Security
Computer Forensics
Cloud Computing
Home town Edinburgh

Bill Buchanan is a Scottish computer scientist. He leads the Centre for Distributed Computing and Security at Edinburgh Napier University and The Cyber Academy.[1] He has published 27 academic books, including The Handbook of the Internet, the Handbook of Data Communications and Networks, and a wide range of academic papers.[2]

His patents include Digital DNA[3] and Information Sharing using Binary Decision Diagrams.[4] Bill Buchanan has an academic web site related to the teaching of security. On 20 September 2011, he gave evidence to the Justice Committee at the Scottish Parliament on the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Bill and he appeared on Newsnight Scotland as part of a debate on Cybercrime.[5]

Bill is a Professor in the School of Computing and the Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation (IIDI) at Edinburgh Napier University, and a Fellow of the British Computer Society and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He currently leads the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networks, and Security, and works in the areas of security, next generation user interfaces, Web-based infrastructures, e-Crime, intrusion detection systems, digital forensics, e-Health, mobile computing, agent-based systems, and simulation. Recent TV and radio appearances include BBC Scotland Brainwaves on Cybercrime [6] and on Newsnight on 16 Jan 2015 in a debate over the UK Government clamping down on encryption.[7]

Public Engagement[edit]

Bill has been involved in a wide range of public engagement events. From 16 December 2013 to 19 December 2013 he was one of the presenters within the Christmas Cyber lecture which was delivered to Schools across Scotland, in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen. Over 3,000 pupils attended the presentation, and it built on the previous year, for which Bill was one of the co-creators of the event, along with Ian Ferguson (Abertay), SICSA, Police Scotland and the Scottish Government.[8] In 2015, he was included in the Jisc Top 50 Social Media Influencers in Higher Education.[9] Bill also presents the IET Christmas lectures in Scotland including presentations in 2015 in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Inverness.[10] I

Media Events[edit]

On 26 November 2013, Bill was interviewed on BBC News related to Scottish Independence on news related to the White Paper published by the SNP.[11] In September 2013, Bill ran a course for Police Scotland on Digital Investigations, which was covered by a range of media outlets, including STV.TV and BBC Scotland GMS. On 25 November 2013 he gave an interview live on BBC News related to the SNP White Paper on Scottish Independence. With a documentary on Cyber Security, broadcast on Monday 8 November 2015, Bill and his team setup a fake Web site for hackers to gain access to, as part of the BBC Panorama programme. [12]

Innovation and Enterprise[edit]

Bill has three spin-out companies which are based on research work at Edinburgh Napier University. This includes ZoneFox,[13] Symphonic Software[14] and Cyan Forensics,[15] who are all based in Edinburgh. He is a co-author on patents related to the spin-out companies, including for Contributions to Digital Forensics [16] and the Modelling of Trust Relationships. On 6 May 2015 he launched The Cyber Academy at the Merchiston Campus of Edinburgh Napier University.[17]

He was named on one of the Top 100 people for Technology in Scotland for 2012,[18] 2013, 2014.[19] and 2015.[20] His work within education includes being the Web architecture and implementer of the Bright Red Publishing Digital Zone, which covers the Scottish N5 Curriculum related to the Curriculum for Excellence.[21] In Feb 2016, he was included in the FutureScot "Top 50 Scottish Tech People Who Are Changing The World".[22] Bill, along with Dr Lu Fan and Payfont, were involved in the team which were awarded the "Innovation of the Year" at the Scottish Knowledge Exchange awards held in Edinburgh on 24 Feb 2016.[23] The work integrates Shamir's secret share methods in order to create a secure and robust Cloud infrastructure. In December 2016, he was awarded the Scottish Cyber Evangelist of the Year award, along with an award related to a collaboration with Police Scotland.[24] This collaboration related to work on the vSoC (Virtual Security Operations Centre) project.


Bill's teaches on a number of computing areas including:

  • Computer Security[25]
  • Cisco Simulators[26]
  • Web-based Cisco Simulators[27]
  • Digital Investigator[28]


  1. ^ "The Cyber Academy". 
  2. ^ "Papers". 
  3. ^ "US Patent Application No: 2012/0011,153". 
  4. ^ "US Patent Number: US9043867 B2". 
  5. ^ "Cybercrime". 
  6. ^ "Cybercrime". 
  7. ^ "UK Encryption debate". 
  8. ^ "Xmas Cyber Lectures 2013". 
  9. ^ "JISCTop50". 
  10. ^ "IETXmas2015". 
  11. ^ "Scottish Independence debate". 
  12. ^ "BBC Panorama". 
  13. ^ "Zonefox". 
  14. ^ "Symphonic Software". 
  15. ^ "Cyan Forensics". 
  16. ^ "Improvements in or relating to digital forensics". 
  17. ^ "Edinburgh Napier University launches International Cyber Academy". 
  18. ^ "Tech 100 2012". 
  19. ^ "Tech 100 2014". 
  20. ^ "Tech 100 2015". 
  21. ^ "Digital Zone". 
  22. ^ "FutureScot". 
  23. ^ "Innovation of the Year (2016)". .
  24. ^ "Scottish Cyber Awards". 
  25. ^ "Security Examples". 
  26. ^ "Networksims". 
  27. ^ "Profsims". 
  28. ^ "Digital Investigation".