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Professor William Hutchinson


  • Bill Hutchinson is an Adjunct Professor at secau – Security Research Centre, ECU and Deakin University and until his retirement in 2010 was IBM Chair at ECU.
  • Founding Director of secau Security Research Centre
  • Co-founder of the Journal of Information Warfare and written extensively in this area.
  • Bill has worked in the oil and finance industries as well as government in various roles.

Research Areas and Interests

  • Information Warfare
  • Cyber Security
  • Counter Terrorism
  • Environmental Security
  • Information Operations
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Murdoch University.
  • , The University of Western Australia, 1989.
  • , Open Universities Australia, 1981.
  • A study into the demise of the North Sea Herring Industry, England, 1972.


Recent Research Grants

  • Better Planning for and Managing Asymmetric Threats to Australia's Security: Applying the Field Anomaly Relaxation(FAR) Systems Thinking Approach.,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Projects),  2004 - 2007,  $199,783.
  • A model for IT security outsourcing of critical services,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Discovery Projects,  2004 - 2006,  $20,000.
  • An evaluation of the vulnerabilities of RFID and their implications to the Australian Government sector,  Department of Defence,  Defence Signals Directorate - Grant,  2005 - 2006,  $25,000.
  • Research into the use of deception as a potentially legitimate policy in Commonwealth agencies,  Department of Defence,  Defence Signals Directorate - Grant,  2004 - 2005,  $39,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Hutchinson, B., (2015), Deception in the cyber-world. Cyber Security: Analytics, Technology and Automation, 78(16), 97-107, Netherlands, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-18302-2_7.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Compatibility Of A Western Systemic Approach For Handling Complex, Pluralist And Coercive Problems In Developing Countries.
  • Master of Science (Computer Science),  A Knowledge-based Approach To Intrusion Detection Systems.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Evaluating The Influence Of It Capability In The Context Of Smes.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Transformation Theory In E-commerce Adoption.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Terroists Conducting Information Warfare: Enhancing National Security In Western Nations.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  An Intelligence Model For Terrorist Incident Prevention For Australian Police: A Systemic Investigation
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Information Strategy Requirements Of The Unit States Government From 2004 Onwards.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Vulnerabilities In Class One Electronic Product Code Radio Frequency Identification Systems
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