Professor Mark Button, University of Portsmouth
Professor Mark Button
Co-Director Centre for Cybercrime and Economic Crime
University of Portsmouth

Mark Button is Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Centre for Cybercrime and Economic Crime at the University of Portsmouth. He was founder and Director of the Centre for Counter Fraud Studies at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Portsmouth between 2010-2022. Mark has written extensively on counter fraud, cyber-fraud and private policing issues, publishing many articles, chapters and completing eleven books, including Economic Crime: From Conception to Response; Private Policing and Cyber Frauds, Scams and their Victims. Some of the most significant research projects include a Home Office funded study on victims of computer misuse, leading the research on behalf of the National Fraud Authority and ACPO on fraud victims; the Department for International Development on fraud measurement, and an ESRC funded project on ageing and fraud in the UK and South Korea. Mark also worked for four years on the Government’s Annual Cyber Security Breaches Survey. In total he has worked on research projects as PI or CoI generating £1.25 million for the University. Mark has also acted as a consultant for the United Nations Offices on Drugs and Crime on developing international standards for Civilian Private Security Services, co-writing a UN handbook on regulation of private security; and the United Nations Development Programme/European Union on enhancing civilian oversight of the Turkish private security industry. Mark is also a Fellow of the Security Institute and a former board member. Before joining the University of Portsmouth he was a Research Assistant to the Rt Hon Bruce George MP specialising in policing, security and home affairs issues. Mark completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Exeter, his Masters at the University of Warwick and his Doctorate at the London School of Economics.