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Professor William Hutchinson

Honorary Academic

Staff Member Details


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A model for IT security outsourcing of critical services,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Discovery Projects,  2004 - 2006,  $20,000.
  • 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.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Computer Science),  A knowledge-based approach to intrusion detection systems.
  • 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
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Compatibility of a Western systemic approach for handling complex, pluralist and coercive problems in developing countries.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  An intelligence model for terrorist incident prevention for Australian police: A systemic investigation
  • 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,  Evaluating the influence of it capability in the context of SMEs.
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