Vladlena Benson

Professor Vladlena Benson

Chair in Cyber Security
Job title:
Chair in Cyber Security
Higher qualifications:


PhD in Computer Science (University of Texas at Dallas)
Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)


Professional organisations:
ISACA Information Systems Audit and Control Association Academic Advocate
GCHQ Certified Professional, Cybersecurity Risk Management Frameworks
Association of Information Systems (AIS)
British Academy of Management (BAM)
British Educational Research Association (BERA)
Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)


Having worked in the Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) area since her PhD studies, Professor Vladlena Benson maintains a strong focus on information security and relevant regulation.

Vladlena Benson’s research addresses the challenges of cyber security, risk management; and legal requirements. Professor Benson also investigates user behaviour online, individual privacy concerns and how digital behaviour links to cyber victimisation. Her strengths as an expert in emerging technologies for the digital economy, including digital assets and block chain, and cyber security, are based on extensive experience and professional practice. As Chair in Cybersecurity at West London, Vladlena is leading European projects on cyber entrepreneurship, and in 2017 received the Editor's Choice Women in IT Award for her research in promoting diversity in cyber security. 

Prof Benson publishes widely in such journals as Computers in Human Behaviour, Technology Forecasting and Social Change, Information Technology and People, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, British Journal of Educational Technology and others. Vladlena serves on the Board of Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) as Academic Relations and Research Director. Prof Benson is a GCHQ-certified in Risk Management Frameworks and carries BSI certification in Information Security Management.

Over her career in Higher Education Vladlena has extensive AMBA, AACSB and EPAS accreditation experience. Professor Benson serves on a number advisory boards for European Research projects as specialist in cyber security, compliance in this area and the emerging technologies applications in the digital economy. As a renowned professional keynote speaker, she regularly presents at major business events throughout the world.

Research and scholarly output:


Saridakis, G., Benson, V., Ezingeard, JN and Tennakoon, H. (2016) Individual information security, user behaviour and cyber victimisation: an empirical study of social networking users. Technology Forecasting and Social Change. Vol. 102., pp 320-330

Benson, V. and Morgan, S. (2016) Social University Challenge: Developing Pragmatic Skills for Social Networking in Management Graduates. British Journal of Educational Technology. Vol. 47(3), pp. 465-473

Benson, V. and Kolsaker, A. (2016) Approaches to Blended Learning: A Tale of Two Business School. International Journal of Management Education. Vol.13(3), pp. 316–325

Benson, V., Saridakis, G., Tennakoon, H. and Ezingeard, JN (2015) The role of security notices and online consumer behaviour: an empirical study of social networking users. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, ISSN (print) 1071-5819

Benson, V. and Filippaios, F. (2015) Collaborative competencies in professional social networking: Are students short changed by curriculum in business education? Computers in Human Behavior, doi:10.1016/j.chb.2014.11.031 

Benson, V., Saridakis, G., and Tennakoon, H. (2015) Information disclosure of social media users: does control over personal information, user awareness and security notices matter? Information Technology &People ISSN (print) 0959-3845 

Benson, V., Saridakis, G., and Tennakoon, H. (2014). Purpose of social networking use and victimisation: are there any differences between university students and those not in HE? Computers in Human Behavior. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2014.11.034 

Benson, V., Morgan, S. and Filippaios, F. (2014) Social career management: social media and employability skills gap. Computers in Human Behavior, vol.30, pp. 519-525. ISSN (print) 0747-5632

Benson, V., Morgan, S. and Tennakoon, H. (2012) 'A framework for knowledge management in higher education using social networking', Int. Journal of Knowledge Society Research, vol. 3(2), pp. 44-54. 

Benson, V., Anderson, D. and Ooms, A. (2011)' Educator's perceptions, attitudes and practices: blended learning in business and management education', Research in Learning Technology, vol. 19(2), pp. 143-154. 

Benson, V., Filippaios, F. and Morgan, S. (2010) 'Online social networks: changing the face of business education and career planning', International Journal of eBusiness Management, vol.4(1), pp. 20-33. 

Benson, V. and Anderson, D. (2010)' Towards a strategic approach to the introduction of blended learning: Challenges faced and lessons learned', British Journal Of Educational Technology, vol.41(6), pp.129-131. 


McAlaney, J., Benson, V. and Frumkin, L (eds)(2017) Psychological and Behavioral Examinations in Cyber Security Hershey: IGI Global. p. 590. (in print)

Benson, V., Saridakis, G. and Tuninga, R. (eds.) (2016) Analyzing the Strategic Role of Social Networking in Firm Growth and Productivity, Hershey: IGI Global. p. 560.

Benson, V. and Morgan, S.(eds.) (2015) Implications of Social Media Usage in Personal and Professional Settings, Hershey: IGI Global. p.362.

Benson, V. and Morgan, S.(eds.) (2014) Cutting-Edge Technologies and Social Media Use in Higher Education, Hershey: IGI Global. p.357.

Palanisamy, B. and Benson, V. (2013) Making the most of big data: manager‘s guide to business intelligence success, Denmark: Ventus Publishing.

Industry Reports

The State of Global Cyber Security: Highlights and Key Findings. LT International. 2017.


2017 Compulsive Use of Social Media: Joint project with the University of South Florida.

2017 Persuasive Systems Design: Information Security Concerns and Sustainability Behaviour in Smart Homes: University of Oulu, Finland 

2017 British Educational Research Association Integrating Digital Competencies. Curriculum Investigation Grant BCF.

2016: KA2 Strategic Partnerships. Principal Investigator. KidVenture Developing Digital Skills. Six EU partner institutions; 36 months.

2016 Bringing in Female Talent into Cybersecurity Entrepreneurship. HE Entrepreneurship Group.

2016 Joint project with AMBA and Kent Business School:' Professional Use of Social Networks by MBA graduates'.

2016: The European Association for Decision Making (EADM) award in collaboration with DART.

2016: University of North Carolina Mobility Grand.

2015 Santander Collaborative Grant, University of Technology Mexico.

2015-2016 IGI Global Media Series. Does Social Media Provide Success or Setbacks in the Modern Workplace?


She is the winner of the Women in IT Editor’s Choice Award 2017, the winner of the Celebrate Enterprise 2017 Commercial Entrepreneur of the Year Award and has been nominated for the WISE 2016 Research Winton Capital Award. 




AMCIS 2017 Track Chair SIGeBIZ, eBusiness, eCommerce, Digital Commerce: Matt Nelson, Michael Shaw, Troy Strader, and Chandra Subramaniam Shahriar Akter, Ygal Bendavid, Vladlena Benson, Wei-Lun Chang, American Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) 2017,  Boston, MA 10-13 August 2017

Women in Cyber Innovation: Inspiring Leaders and Entrepreneurs Workshop. King’s College, Waterloo Campus. 25th May 2017 Workshop Chair

Conference Chair: ECRM 2016: 15th European Conference on Research Methods, London UK, June 2016

Research degree supervision:

Rami Baazim, How religion influences online privacy: The impact on user's religion on preserving online privacy