Prof Bill Buchanan rewarded with OBE for cyber security work

Professor Bill Buchanan, head of Edinburgh Napier University’s Cyber Academy, has been awarded an OBE.

Professor Buchanan, from the School of Computing, has been recognised for his services to cyber security and innovation.

Professor Bill Buchanan, from the School of Computing, has been recognised with an OBE for his services to cyber security and innovation.

Professor Buchanan, from the School of Computing, has been recognised with an OBE for his services to cyber security and innovation.

A Fellow of the British Computer Society, he is an international authority on cryptography, eHealth and the criminal use of hacking software. He has published more than 220 research papers and 27 academic books, and has won a string of awards for teaching and innovation.

He regularly advises governments and law enforcement agencies on cyber security, and his work has led directly to the creation of three highly successful Edinburgh-based spin-out companies: ZoneFox; Symphonic Trust; and Cyan Forensics.

A regular contributor to TV and radio discussions about technology and cyber security issues, he is passionate about promoting technology-driven innovation in Scotland and improving health and social care, and has a deep love of his home city of Edinburgh.

Professor Buchanan said: “The award of an OBE is recognition for not just my own work but that of the Cyber Academy, and for the role my university, my School and the city has played in supporting that work. We have never had any barriers placed in our way, and have always received the required support, and the freedom, to develop our vision.

“We hope our work can continue to provide both economic and social impacts, and that cyber security can point the way to building new infrastructures which respect the rights of individuals while also protecting our societies.”

In February 2016, Professor Bill Buchanan was included in our Digital List: 50 people from Scotland’s technologies industry who are changing the world.