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    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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    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 2014 2020

    Cybersecurity as a social phenomenon

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

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    advertising campaign
    group dynamics

    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.). p. 145-158

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    social data
    personality traits

    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
    Board of directors

    Cyber Influence and Cognitive Threats

    Benson, V. (ed.) & McAlaney, J. (ed.), 1 Sep 2019, USA: Elsevier. 400 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

    Critical infrastructures
    Data privacy
    Law enforcement
    Learning systems

    Information and communication technologies: a curse or blessing for SMEs?

    Mohammed, A-M., Idris, B., Saridakis, G. & Benson, V., Sep 2019, Emerging Cyber Threats and Cognitive Vulnerabilities. Benson, V. & McAlaney, J. (eds.). Academic Press, p. 163-171

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Information and communication technology
    Small and medium-sized enterprises
    World Wide Web

    Activities 2019 2019

    • 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

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    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research