Dr Benjamin Sanders

Ben Sanders

Course Leader & Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Computing and Technology

Location: Chelmsford

Ben’s expertise is in networks and security. He has a particular interest in the Internet of Things and Biometric Authentication, with a focus on how they can improve security in mobile devices.

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Ben joined Anglia Ruskin University in 2015. He has been an active academic and researcher since 2008 focusing primarily on computer security and the opportunities and risks in online interactive environments. Ben previously lectured at Plymouth University (including Academic Partners) in computer security, networking, project management and web development.

Research interests

  • Internet of Things: by 2015 more than 25 billion devices will be connected there is a corresponding necessity to identify and develop security solutions to this evolving technology
  • Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games: Privacy, addiction and data disclosure.  Ben’s interest is to contribute to research in the field of online gaming with a specific focus on player behaviour, proposed addiction measures and the risks relating to self-disclosure.
  • EU Digital Single Market
  • Member of the Virtualisation, Simulation & Infrastructure Research Group at Anglia Ruskin.

Areas of research supervision

  • Design of a new framework based on Software Defined Networks to support QoS on a sliced architecture, PhD supervision


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  • PhD Computer Science (Plymouth University)
  • MSc Network Systems Engineering (Plymouth University)
  • Learning & Teaching in Higher Education (Plymouth University)
  • BSc (Hons) Computing (Plymouth University)
  • Cisco Certified Academy Instructor (CCAI)
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Chartered Engineer, Engineering Council UK (CEng)
  • Member, British Computer Society (MBCS)

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Vice Chancellor's Research and Enterprise Awards, 2010, grant for the investigation into online gaming addiction
  • Visiting Fellow Nanyang Technological University, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Singapore 2010

Selected recent publications

Zahra, D., Bailey, C., Hedge, C., Wyles, K., & Sanders, B.G. (2013). A Short Report on the Trait Meta-Mood Scale and the Importance of Scale Norms. Social Psychological Review 15(1) 14-24

Sanders, B., Dowland, P.S., Atkinson, S., Furnell, S.M. (2011). Massively Multi-Player Online Role Playing Games: What’s the Risk? Journal of Virtual Worlds Research, vol. 3, no. 3, ISSN: 1941-8477.

Sanders, B., Zahra, D., Hedge, C., Summerscales, J. (2011). Heavier, or just colder? A new approach to perception research, PsyMag, Issue 78, March, pp4-8.

Sanders, B., Atkinson, S., Dowland, P.S., Furnell, S.M., Papadaki, M. (2011). Emerging risks in massively multiplayer online role playing games. EU Kids Online Conference, Friday 23 September, New Academic Building LSE.

Sanders, B., Chen, V., Zahra, D., Dowland, P.S., Atkinson, S., Papadaki, M., Furnell, S.M. (2010). Online Addiction: Privacy Risks in Online Gaming Environments. Proceedings of the International Conference on Management of Emergent Digital EcoSystems (MEDES), October 26-29, Bangkok, Thailand.

Recent presentations and conferences

Biometric Authentication: No Silver Bullet, New York, USA, 2016

Emerging Opportunities and Risks in Online Gaming Environments, Singapore, 2015, Invited presentation.

Sanders, B., Dowland, P.S., Furnell, S.M. (2010). Implications and Risks of MMORPG Addiction: Motivations, Emotional Investment, Problematic Usage and Personal Privacy. 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.

Media experience

Contributor to newspaper technology columns/articles - Newsrooms 365