Professors in Residence

Richard Henson is Senior Lecturer in Computing at the University of Worcester, specialising in Information Security. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and has become a Professor in Residence for the NCSC

Professor Richard Benham is a pioneer of the study of Cyber Security Management having founded The National MBA in Cyber Security with Coventry University in 2014. Richard Benham is also a Professor in Residence for the NCSC


When I advise businesses on being protected against cyber-attacks, one of the first things I focus on is their desktop operating systems. Updates bring about improvements, and fix potential security flaws. It is free, and can easily be automated, but can also be forgotten. Old operating systems often cannot be updated, and from a security perspective this is dangerous. Organisations […]

Sorry for not posting for some time, but 2016 has been such a topsy-turvy year regarding progress with organisational Cyber Security. It started with the announcement that the EU was going ahead with its new, stronger, data protection regulation (GDPR). This would (of course) include the protection of personal data in the UK. Stronger meant, amongst other things, that organisations […]

The New European Data Protection Law (GDPR), is expected some time in the summer of 2016. Who would have thought that the US State of California would have led the world on an important matter of human rights? Well, back in 2002, against all expectations, California did indeed produce ground-breaking Data Breaches legislation, which became law in 2003 (SB 1386). Most other […]

Despite the impression given by media reporting on larger companies, it is the small business that is probably most at risk of being hacked. Their customers may not take kindly to having their privacy compromised, or being unable to log in due to systems put out of action. Until very recently, some considered it an acceptable risk assessment strategy for small businesses to “run the risk”, in the […]

When I first heard the term “social engineering” I thought of high rise buildings and moving people from back-to-back terraced housing in the 1960s, in the vain hope that it would create a new (even improved?) social dynamic. That is roughly what the term meant to most social scientists. Quite surprised that it was being presented as a type of […]

So the BBC have finally told it as it is, through the latest Panorama episode, available on i-player. Better late than never, as they say! Highly recommended. Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Richard Henson, and I’ve been lecturing at University of Worcester for over 15 years. Whilst I am interested in technical matters, my passion is the […]

According to a recent report by banking sector association BBA and professional services network PwC, British financial companies spent £700m on cyber security last year. However the financial sector’s current biggest security risk is from lack of employee training and awareness – not from the investment into technology. Your Better Business put forward a few questions to Professor Richard Benham […]

Prof Richard Benham from Coventry University says cybersecurity checks are needed in banking to avoid online security threats As the UK and US announce increased cooperation on cybersecurity 1, particularly around the banking sector, an expert from Coventry University has warned that financial firms need to focus more on the human element of cybersecurity, rather than just the technical safeguards. […]