Ric Derbyshire

I’m a PhD student under Dr Benjamin Green, Dr Jerry Busby, and Professor David Hutchison, as part of an industrial CASE award funded by EPSRC and Airbus. I have worked in cyber security since 2011, providing consultancy and penetration testing to a diverse range of clients of varying size and sector. I still engage in industry work, and as such, endeavour to maintain industry relevance, applicability, and usability throughout my academic work. My research at Lancaster University focuses on adversary-centric risk assessment in cyber security, more specifically, the costs incurred by an adversary in performing a cyber attack.

Research Interests

    • Cyber security
    • Offensive security
    • Risk assessment
    • ICS (nascent interest)


  • Green, B., Derbyshire, R., Knowles, W., Boorman, J., Ciholas, P., Prince, D. and Hutchison, D., 2020, August. ICS Testbed Tetris: Practical Building Blocks Towards a Cyber Security Resource. In The 13th USENIX Workshop on Cyber Security Experimentation and Test (CSET’20).
  • Derbyshire, R., Green, B., Prince, D., Mauthe, A. and Hutchison, D., 2018, April. An Analysis of Cyber Security Attack Taxonomies. In 2018 IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy Workshops (EuroS&PW) (pp. 153-161). IEEE.