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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

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

Risk and self-disclosure in sustainable persuasive smart home technologies

Shevchuk, N., Benson, V. & Oinas-Kukkonen, H., 17 Aug 2019, 25th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2019. Association for Information Systems

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Smart meters
Systems analysis
Information systems
Application programs

The role of learning analytics in networking for business and leisure: A study of culture and gender differences in social platform users

Benson, V. & Filippaios, F., 1 Mar 2019, In : Computers in Human Behavior. 92, p. 613-624 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Social Networking
Leisure Activities
Analysis of variance (ANOVA)

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