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Dr. Christopher John Richardson BEng EngD CEng QTS M.Inst.ISP joined Bournemouth University (BU) in February 2011 after working for 25 years in the Military and Civil Telecommunication Industries.

Dr. Richardson is an Information Assurance Architect who heads the Bournemouth University's Cyber Security Unit (BUCSU) and is a Senior Lecturer in Cyber Security and Information Assurance in the SciTech Department of Computing and Informatics. In 1980, he joined the Royal Air Force and left as a RAF Communications and Electronics Engineer Officer becoming a Chartered Engineer in 1991 working on Satellite and global Fibre Optic Telecommunication Systems and their service interconnections. He became a qualified teacher (QTS) in 2003 and as a Civil Servant he received his Engineering Doctorate from the University of Southampton.

Dr Richardson is an established entrepreneurial UK Cyber Security expert with a wide-ranging Research and Knowledge Exchange (KE) academic profile. Working with the United Nations, the UK Government, Law Enforcement agencies and the local communities he manages a portfolio of BUCSU research and industry partnerships, capitalising on the ever-increasing cyber security marketplace, particularly with his innovative CSIAR contracts...


Journal Articles




PhD Students

  • Mohamed Ben Naseir, 2019. Intelligence Systems for Homeland Security: from an Information Assurance Perspective.
  • Stephen Ambore, 2021. Cybersecurity for the Unbanked.
  • Helen Thackray, 2018. Anonymous hackers: Online group processes, social identity and cyber security.
  • Mohamed Almarashda, 2017. A resilient national information-sharing framework for Security Incident Management, Policy and procedures in the United Arab Emirates
  • Saqib Shamim, 2018. nvestigating the influence of leader’s behaviour on employee innovative work behavior, through employee job attitudes, and knowledge management practices, in hospitality sector

Profile of Teaching PG

  • M-Level Continuous Professional Development (CPD) offers EMEA students a blended learning environment of taught modules to strengthen and provide a breadth of skills training, education and comprehension of Cyber Situation Awareness, Virtualisation of the Common Operational Pictures and Superior Decision Making Knowledge Exchange and Awareness to both the Social and Technical aspects of Cyberspace. Our CDP modules cover the ISO standards, the industry’s body of knowledge and the information exploitation of cyber defence against an evolving threat landscape that we develop on individual understanding and through group led exercises and case studies. Students are exposed to Strategic, Operational, Tactical and Cultural strategies to transform business processes to safe and secure digital services. We examine the Societal Challenges of Enterprise Resilience, Human Factors and Cyber Psychology, Human-Cyber Interexchanges and Big Data, Hyperconnectivity and the evolving Web-Centric Services, Cyber Defence and Intelligence-led strategies, DevSecOps, Security by Design, Information Assurance and Cybercrime.
  • M-Level Information Assurance (IA) taught module provides BU students a 9-week blended learning opportunity to discover the complexities of assured socio-technical systems. With appropriate case studies, the module covers the 8 key domains of Information Assurance as they apply to business and decision making processes. Students are encouraged to analyse, synthesise and evaluate socio-technical issues to improve system assurance, risk management and trustworthiness. This module improves critical thinking and strategic evaluation of socio-technical concerns, their holistic complexity and resilience that is relevant to IA plans, maturity models, system dependability, security and understanding the of Actors and Agent’s roles, responsibility, governance, risk management, accreditation and compliance in hyperconnected digital services.
  • NQF Level-7 Individual Masters Projects. Dr Richardson has supervised over 30 MSc Projects with various degrees of sensitivity and security clearances covering cyber situation awareness, knowledge exchange modelling, security education, visualisation of the common operation digital picture, military communication systems, securing command & control systems, C3I, homeland security, law enforcement, cybercrime, enterprise architect, HCI, industry processes, security standards and policy making, IT Governance, threat landscape and cyber risk, cyber power projection, data protection, corporate resilience, next-generation security operations, secure communications and other cyber security concerns.

Profile of Teaching UG

  • C- Level Security Technologies
  • I-Level Network Security
  • H-Level Information Assurance

Invited Lectures

  • Information Assurance, City University London, 2011


  • CyberSmart Workshop for Charities (Safer Dorset Fund, 25 Jan 2017). Completed
  • TDSi KTP (Innovation UK, 04 Aug 2014). In Progress
  • Enterprise Assurance & Security Consultant Practice (Higher Education Funding Council for England, 01 Jan 2013). Completed
  • Bridging the Air Gap (EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Centre) Funded Doctoral Training, 03 Sep 2007). Completed

External Responsibilities

Internal Responsibilities

  • Member - Representing the £250,000 3-year HEIF investment into the BU Cyber Security Business Case, BU R&KEO HEIF Committe. <a href="" class="iconRight" target="blank"><i class="fa fa-external-link"></i></a>
  • Member - PGR Supervisor and Department of Computing & Informatics Head of Professional Services, SciTech Faculty Research Degrees Committee. <a href="" class="iconRight" target="blank"><i class="fa fa-external-link"></i></a>
  • Member - Representing the interests of BU Cyber Security Unit, Faculty Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee. <a href="" class="iconRight" target="blank"><i class="fa fa-external-link"></i></a>
  • Member - HEIF-5 Committee Representative, University Research & Knowledge Exchange Committee
  • Head of Unit and Lead Principal Investigator (PI), Bournemouth University Cyber Security Unit (BUCSU). <a href="" class="iconRight" target="blank"><i class="fa fa-external-link"></i></a>

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • The UK’s Information commissioner Christopher Graham used his Infosec Conference keynote to discuss how UK firms are suffering a record number of security breaches, costing billions of pounds a year, a survey of more than 400 businesses shows. According to security experts at Infosec Europe 2012 networks cannot be defended against advanced attacks, which require a new response from businesses. The conference discussed how to tackle implementation and governance internet communication protocol (SSL) as its first project. Furthermore, experts discuss how SMEs face the same threats as bigger organisation, but lack the same level of security expertise needed.
  • Following from been a panel member for the Defence College (DCCIS), I became the Bournemouth University Academic Liaison Panel member in 2012. IAAC invite academic organisations to come together in an Academic Liaison Panel so that all of us can work together to achieve best results and outcomes across the whole IA business space. The Information Assurance Advisory Council's activities all involve bringing together public, private, academic and other sectors together to discuss and research strategic level information assurance issues and as such they are a not-for-profit research organisation. All IAAC events involve a wide range of people and organisations. IAAC is greatly helped by the energy and commitment of its sponsors, the Government Liaison Panel members, the Academic Liaison Panel members, members of Community of Interest (COI) , members of the IAAC Emeritus Group, and attendees at its events. IAAC is constantly exploring opportunities to engage with other organisations, commercial, public, academic and third sector that have a shared interest in achieving a robust and resilient UK information. IAAC is a company limited by guarantee; Companies House registration number is 04326237.

Conference Presentations

  • Symposium on Cyber Security, Motivations, group processes and decision making of hackers and hacktivists, 14 Nov 2017, Manchester

Consultancy Activities

  • KINGFISHER CSIAR, Industry Collaborative Research on Security Nano-Learning. Kingfisher IT Services, Sharon Jones - Head of IT Governance, 17 Feb 2017
  • NPL Management CSIAR, Collaborative Industry Information Security and Assurance Research. National Physics Laboratory (NPL), Darryl Brown - NPL Head of Infrastructure, 06 Feb 2017

Attended Training

  • Grant writing workshop for early career researcher, 25 Jan 2012, 18-month membership of BU Grant Academy
  • Grants Academy, 09 May 2012, The criteria for assessing applications broadly includes: potential for generating research and KE income in future scope of future research plans.


  • 2:2 in Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Salford University, 1988)
  • PGCE in Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) (Department for Education, 2003)
  • EngD in Information Assurance (University of Southampton, 2013)


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