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Young Security Engineer of the Year Award

Bill Buchanan

Friday, June 10, 2011 at 1:00 PM - Monday, June 20, 2011 at 4:00 PM (BST)

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Young Security Engineer of the Year Award


The award will be given within the Symposium on Security and Cybercrime [Book your place at the Symposium]. For this the UK is faced with many new threats which could damage the infrastructure of the country, especially in terms of its critical infrastructure. These threats include the risk to individuals, to communities, and to businesses. Thus there needs to be an integrated approach to understanding these risks, and to mitigate them wherever possible. A key factor is for a range of domains to collaborate effectively, and to co-ordinate their activities, especially in defining the important threats, and how information can be gained to prevent any future events.

The Symposium aims to cover key security risks, and is organised for:

Monday, 20 June 2011 in The Egg on the Craiglockhart Campus at Edinburgh Napier University


The Symposium aims to award prizes towards the  Young Security Engineer of the Year, and the prizes include:

  • 2/3 month paid Internship with a major finance company.
  • Dell Dual notepad. [Sample prize]
  • and others to be confirmed.

The prize is open to all BEng (Hons), MSc and first year PhD students, and includes a poster of current project work. This will be assessed in terms in a number of ways, including the potential impact, and the relavence of the work.

If you are interested in submitting for this prize, please book your ticket.


If you have any questions, please contact any of the following:

Bill Buchanan (Edinburgh Napier University),
Mike Just (Glasgow Caledonian University),
Ishbel Duncan (University of St Andrews),
Richard MacFarlane (Edinburgh Napier University),

Have questions about Young Security Engineer of the Year Award? Contact Bill Buchanan


Friday, June 10, 2011 at 1:00 PM - Monday, June 20, 2011 at 4:00 PM (BST)

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Bill Buchanan

Bill Buchanan is a Professor in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, and a Fellow of the BCS and the IET. He has a long track record of success in innovation, teaching and research, including two successful spin-out companies.His current duties including leading Public Engagement activities winning Edinburgh Napier University.


He currently leads the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networks, and Security, and works in the areas of security, e-Health, Cloud Security, Web-based infrastructures, e-Crime, cryptography, triage, intrusion detection systems, digital forensics, mobile computing, agent-based systems, and security risk.


Bill has one of the most extensive academic sites in the World, and is involved in many areas of novel research and teaching in computing. He has published over 27 academic books, and over 250 academic research papers, along with several awards for excellence in knowledge transfer, and for teaching, such as winning at the Excellence Awards at Edinburgh Napier University in 2011, 2014 and 2015. 


He is currently an external examiner at Royal Holloway (University of London) and has been an external examiner for many programmes, and for PhD examinations.

Presently he is working with a range of industrial/domain partners, including with the Scottish Police, the finance sector, and many large and small companies. He has a long track record in commercialisation activities, including being a co-founder of Zonefox and, which of which progressed from PhD work to a university spin-out, though the Scottish Enterprise funded Proof-of-Concept scheme. Over the past four years he has received direct funding of over £2.5million related to computer security, which has had a major impact on an international basis. Along with this he gives many keynote/endnote talks at conferences, including at NISC 2014 on Heartbleed.


Both spin-outs build on patented technology, including one which has patenting protection over three territories around the World. His current work includes a 500,000 Euro project which aims to build an advanced training infrastructure for Cyber Security and Digital Forensics. Previous projects have included collaboration of TSB Grants with Microsoft plc on a £2million project which aimed to improve the care of the elderly using Trusted Cloud-based services, and with Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on a next generation Health Care platform. This also matches up with other funded projects with the FSA and the Scottish Police.

He has created many innovations in teaching related to computer security, including being sole author on (Cisco Simulators), and (one of the most extensive computer security site for academic material in the World) and in creating DFET (an innovative Cloud training infrastructure for security and digital forensics training). His lectures are online at, with over 400 on-line lectures, and has over 2,500 subscribers, with more than one million minutes watched. He regularly appears on the BBC radio and TV talking about Cybercrime (see

Bill was also a member of the ICT in Education Excellence Group, which has been setup by the Scottish Government in 2012, and innovated the Christmas Cyber lecture for Schools in Scotland (attended by over 3,000 pupils in Dec 2013). He has done extensive work with Schools in promoting ICT, especially focused on computer security, and created the Bright Red Digital Zone, which now includes most of the subjects with the N5 (CfE) subjects in Scotland (, and which has extensive coverage of areas such as computer security.

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