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Dr Ben Sanders PhD, BSc (Hons), MSc, CEng, PgCert LTHE, CCNA, MBCS is Head of Department of Digital Futures.  His specialist areas are Cyber Security and Computer Science at Winchester Business School.  He has been lecturing in the fields of computer science, cyber security and networking for almost 10 years. He has led and authored a range of undergraduate and postgraduate computer science and cyber security degree programmes. He has delivered a range of professional training programmes including Cisco and Certified Information Systems Security Professional courses.

His academic interests are wide-ranging and he has published peer-reviewed research outputs in computer security, psychology, virtual worlds and management journals, book chapters and conference proceedings. He is a Visiting Research Fellow at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and has presented his research at many international conferences including the USA, Europe, China and South Africa. Much of his research and teaching is focussed on cyber security, risk management, threat analysis and networks.

Higher Education Teaching Qualification

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

Areas of expertise

  • Cyber security
  • Networking
  • Mobile security and biometrics
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Online gaming and behavioural addiction



  • Penetration Testing: A Manager’s Guide. British Computer Society, Learning and Development Ltd 2017 (In press)


  • Risk Management in Online Games using a Novel Decision Support System. Journal of Behavioural Addictions, 2017 (In press)
  • A short report on the Trait Meta-Mood Scale and the importance of scale norms. Zahra D, Hedge C, Wyles K, Bailey C, Sanders B, 2014, Social Psychological Review, vol. 15, no. 1, ISBN: 1369-7862
  • Massively Multi-Player Online Role Playing Games: What’s the Risk?
    Sanders B, Dowland PS, Atkinson S, Furnell SM. Journal of Virtual Worlds Research, vol. 3, no. 3, ISSN: 1941-8477, 2011
  • Heavier, or just colder? A new approach to perception research
    Sanders B, Zahra D, Hedge C, Summerscales J. PsyMag, Issue 78, March, pp4-8, 2011
  • Online Addiction: A Cultural Comparison of Privacy Risks in Online Gaming Environments. Sanders B, Dowland PS, Atkinson S, Zahra D, Furnell SM, Papadaki M. Journal of Multimedia Processing Technologies, vol. 1, no. 3, pp181-193, ISSN: 0976-4127, 2010


  • Understanding Opportunities and Risks in Online Gaming Environments: An Ethnographic Approach. Sanders B. CERC 2017, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • A Novel Taxonomy of Opportunities and Risks in Online Gaming Environments Sanders B, Marchang J. Proceedings of the International Conference on Management of Emergent Digital EcoSystems (MEDES), November 2-4, Hendaye, France, 2016
  • The Positive and Negative Implications of Emerging Mobile Technologies. Bolitho T, Sanders B. Proceedings of the 10th Annual Security Conference, 4th-6th May, Las Vegas, USA, 2011
  • Online Addiction: Privacy Risks in Online Gaming Environments
    Sanders B, Chen V, Zahra D, Dowland PS, Atkinson S, Papadaki M, Furnell SM. Proceedings of the International Conference on Management of Emergent Digital EcoSystems (MEDES), October 26-29, Bangkok, Thailand, 2010
  • Implications and Risks of MMORPG Addiction: Motivations, Emotional Investment, Problematic Usage and Personal Privacy. Sanders B, Dowland PS, Furnell SM. Proceedings of the South African Information Security Multi-Conference (SAISMC 2010), Port Elizabeth, South Africa, 17-18 May, ISBN: 978-1-84102-256-7, pp61-73, 2010
  • An Assessment of People’s Vulnerabilities in Relation to Personal and Sensitive Data. Sanders B, Dowland PS, Furnell SM
    Proceedings of the Third International Symposium on Human Aspects of Information Security & Assurance (HAISA 2009), Athens, Greece, ISBN: 978-1-84102-231-4, pp50-60, 2009
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