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. He has created new BU Security Degrees and exploited KE collaborative programmes across all four BU faculties, LEP, Dorset Growth, Dorset Councils, Dorset Police, Regional Law Enforcement, NCA, DSTL, DCMS, BEIS, MOD and the Intelligence Communities. Recently working with Dorset’s PCC CyberSAFE campaign and lately with the Dorset Cyber Alliance.
Passionate about School Outreach and Wider Participation and the UK’s need to develop students for professional security careers, he is instrumental in the national development of Cyber Degree Apprenticeships and the Professionalism of BU Students. He works with a wide range of collaborators in the multi-disciplinary, multi-sectoral development of assuring our hyper-connected world.