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    PhD projects

    Implications of Emergent Technologies for Data Privacy; Individual Privacy Modelling; Blockchain and other DLT technologies; AI/ML explainability and governance; Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC); Cyber Security and Online Victimisation.


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    Personal profile


    Professor Vladlena Benson is an industry-recognised expert in cybersecurity risk management. She is a Head of the IS Group at Aston Business School. She has successfully led the Cybersecurity and Criminology Centre, University of West London. Vladlena's research is in the field of Computer Security, Compliance, Risk, Reliability and Information Systems. She is a Board member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association Central UK and holds several cybersecurity industry awards.

    Research Interests

    • GRC; Cybersecurity Risk Management; in-line victimisation; user Behavioural analytics.
    • Emergent technologies compliance including AI explainability and governance; age verification.

    Teaching Activity

    • Cybersecurity and Risk Management
    • Digital Transformation
    • Emergent Technologies
    • Blockchain and VFAs

    External positions

    BERA Audit and Risk Assessment

    2016 → …

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    Research Output

    Cybersecurity as a social phenomenon

    Mcalaney, J. & Benson, V., 2020, Cyber Influence and Cognitive Threats. Elsevier, p. 1-8 8 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Jigsaw teaching method for collaboration on cloud platforms

    Chang, W-L. & Benson, V., 12 Jun 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Innovations in Education and Teaching International.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Social big data and its integrity: The effect of trust and personality traits on organic reach of facebook content

    Benson, V. & Buchanan, T., 2020, Cyber Influence and Cognitive Threats. Benson, V. & Mcalaney, J. (eds.). Elsevier, p. 145-158 14 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Understanding the Relationship between Cybercrime and Human Behavior through Criminological Theories and Social Networking Sites

    Benson, V., Saridakis, G. & Mohammed, A-M., 1 Feb 2020, Encyclopedia of Criminal Activities and the Deep Web. hosrow-Pour, M. (ed.). IGI Global, 10 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

    Open Access
  • Building Business Resilience What the Board of Directors Need to Know A Briefing for the C-Suite

    Benson, V. & Hughes, M., Aug 2019

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    Open Access
  • Activities

    • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, seminar or course

    "Cybersecurity, Innovation and Resilience"

    Vladlena Benson (Participant)
    25 Sep 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, seminar or course

    Press / Media

    Cyber and the CFO

    Vladlena Benson


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research