Prof. Bill Buchanan OBE

Prof. Bill Buchanan OBE

Company: Edinburgh Napier University

Job Title: Professor - School of Computing

Bill Buchanan OBE is a Professor in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, a Fellow of the BCS and a Principal Fellow of the HEA. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to cyber security. In 2018 he received an “Outstanding Contribution to Knowledge Exchange” at the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards. One of his most recent achievements is the creation of a Blockpass Identify Lab and which is one of the first of its type in the world, and has significant industry funding.

Currently he leads the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networks, and Security at Edinburgh Napier University, The Cyber Academy (http://thecyberacademy.org) and the Blockpass ID Lab. His main research focus is around information sharing, IoT, e-Health, threat analysis, cryptography, and triage within digital forensics. This has led to several World-wide patents, and in three highly successful spin-out companies: Zonefox (zonefox.com); Symphonic Software (www.symphonicsoft.com/); and Cyan Forensics (cyanforensics.com).

Bill regularly appears on TV and radio related to computer security, and has given expert evidence to both the Scottish and UK Parliaments. He has been named as one of the Top 100 people for Technology in Scotland for in every year from 2012 onwards. Bill was also included in the FutureScot "Top 50 Scottish Tech People Who Are Changing The World". Recently his work on Secret Shares received “Innovation of the Year” at the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards, for a research project which involves splitting data into secret shares, and can then be distributed across a public Cloud-based infrastructure. He was included in the JISC Top 50 Higher Education Social Media Influencers. In 2018, he was included in the Top 10 academics for Blockchain with a UK Government report, in the Top 100 for cryptography, world-wide, and within the Top 5 technology influencers in the UK.

His current work focuses on the secret share methods, and especially in how documents can be stored securely in public cloud-based systems. The current cryptography work around secret shares has won several awards, and is the basis for new funded work. This is further enhanced with work around sticky policies and identity-based encryption, and which aims to integrate access rights on document within public cloud systems. This includes the storage of high risk documents, such as health care records and financial information. Along with this he has new research work which integrates machine learning into insider threat detection, and within side channel analysis on embedded systems.

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