Neil Barrett studied mathematics and computer science at Nottingham University, where he also completed a Ph.D. He became the UK's youngest lecturer following his appointment at York University in 1985. He currently works as the Technical Director at IRM, where he is responsible for development of security policies and contingency plans, penetration testing and forensic analysis. In addition he has recently been appointed Professor of Computer Criminology at the Royal Military College of Science, Cranfield University. He has appeared as an expert witness in a number of court cases, and has advised lawyers and police forces throughout the UK on computer crime.