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Neil Richardson

Neil Richardson BSc (Hons), MSc, FHEA

Senior Lecturer in Computer Systems and Networks


I have always had an interest in how technology works. As I developed that interest I progressed into the area of how to then break, fix and adapt technologies. My first encounter with computer security was when I discovered that you could manipulate the traffic in MMPOGs. From there I then discovered and started to investigate the workings Sub-7 and NetDevil Trojans - at that point I was hooked.

Professionally, I have experience in web, mobile and infrastructure penetration testing. I enjoy grounding my teaching in real life, providing students with issues that they will face when they come to graduate. For example: the understanding of and overreliance on tools and the challenges of speed and efficiency when it comes to performing a penetration test.

I am one of the co-founders of Steelcon, Sheffield's very own annual Ethical Hacking conference founded in 2014. I also run the Sheffield OWASP chapter.


Department of Computing

College of Business, Technology and Engineering

Business Computing


PhD in Botnet Detection. My main focus here is on detecting Botnets which communicate using covert channels, for example over the dark net utilising technologies such as Tor and I2P.

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