Head, The Cyber Academy, Edinburgh Napier University

Bill is a Professor in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, and a Fellow of the BCS and the IET. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to cyber security.

He has published 28 academic books and over 260 academic papers, and currently focuses on information sharing, such as using Trust and Governance Policies, threat analysis, cryptography, and triage within digital forensics.

His work 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 evidence to both the UK and Scottish Parliament.

He has been named as one of the Top 100 people for Technology in Scotland for every year since 2012, and 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. Bill was also included in the JISC Top 50 Higher Education Social Media Influencers, and has an extensive online presence, including with asecuritysite.com.

Currently he leads the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networks, and Security and The Cyber Academy (http://thecyberacademy.org).


  • –present
    Head, Centre for Distributed Computing, Networks and Security, Edinburgh Napier University


  • 2001 
    Edinburgh Napier University, PhD

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of BCS
  • Fellow of IET