Mils Hills is currently Associate Professor in Risk, Resilience and Corporate Security at the University of Northampton Business School (UK) alongside his role as Head of the online MBAplus Programme and a management role in the Centre for Citizenship, Enterprise and Governance (CCEG).
Associate Professor Dr Mils Hills graduated with a PhD (1998) and MA (Hons) (1995) in Social Anthropology from the University of St Andrews. He joined the research agency of the Ministry of Defence in 1998. Within a couple of years, he rose from being a contributing researcher in the area of Information Warfare to leading the national research capability in targeting / defending decision-making and business processes (Information Operations). He was later seconded to the Cabinet Office, helping establish the Civil Contingencies Secretariat, building the resilience and security of UK plc. as well as supporting the development of foreign policy, legislation and operational interventions in civilian, defence, intelligence and other activities.
Using proprietary methods informed by his academic and applied research, Mils worked in sensitive and highly classified commissions to management boards and Permanent Secretaries across all Departments, but notably:
- 10 Downing Street
- the intelligence agencies
- the Governor of the Bank of England
- the Houses of Parliament, and
- the Royal Household.
Increasingly, this work also involved co-ordination with private sector partners. During much of this period, he remained the UK research capability head for Information Operations research.
Believing in the market value of his approach, he co-founded the consultancy Analytic Red LLP which worked with both government and commercial clients between 2005-10. Returning to academia in November 2010, he took an interim post at the University of Leicester (reviving a multi-million pound distance-learning MSc) and then a senior lectureship at Coventry University (Global Strategy), before joining Northampton Business School in 2012 as Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management.
At Northampton, Mils has led bids and delivered consultancy. In September 2013, he was appointed Associate Professor in Risk, Resilience and Corporate Security whilst also being Programme Leader for the distance-learning MBAplus and leader of the Critical Issues module on the MBAplus programme. He is currently developing a new online Masters programme in applied risk and crisis management..
Mils is an external Assessor and dissertation supervisor for the world-renowned MSc programme in Cybersecurity at Warwick University – specialising in the human factors of Information Security. He also sits on the Senate and Court of the University of Northampton; currently supervise two PhD students and forms part of the management team of the business school’s Centre for Citizenship, Enterprise and Governance (CCEG). In this latter role, he is Solutions Architect; business mentor for third sector and other organisations and works to grow CCEG’s reach in the health, automotive, defence and psychological service markets.
Mils currently teaches across a wide range of Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes in Northampton Business School: ranging from BUS1005 (Business in Context) through strategic Management BUS3005 to the Masters in Business Administration (MBA). Mils leads the Programme for the Online MBA.
Mils has been involved in a wide range of research projects during his civil service, consultancy and academic career, with his main focus in the following subject areas:
- Information Warfare (IW) / Information Operations (IO)
- Open Source Intelligence exploitation
- Targeting & defending decision-makers
- Scenario-planning and scenario-testing for policy, operational and strategic decision-takers
- Hills, M. (2018) Asymmetric thinking: anthropology and its potential for career development. Workshop presented to: Anthropology Career Options, Oxford Brookes University, 23 April 2018.
- Hills, M. (2018) Enhancing evidence-based research within law-enforcement intelligence practice. Invited Keynote presented to: Society for Evidence Based Policing (SEBP) Conference 2018, Open University, Milton Keynes, 01-02 March 2018.
- Hills, M. and Allen, N. (2018) Growing immunity to terrorist or other violent attacks at UK higher education institutions – CHESS: the Colleges and Higher Education Security Standard. Invited Presentation presented to: University of Northampton Annual Research Conference, The University of Northampton, 20-21 June 2018.
- Hills, M. (2018) Improving incident detection through capturing new behaviour analytics. Invited Presentation presented to: The European Information Security Summit 2018 (TEISS), ILEC Conference Centre, London, 20-21 February 2018.
- Hills, M. and Allen, N. (2018) Organisational resilience at UoN: growing immunity to a full spectrum of threats. Invited Keynote presented to: Higher Education Business Continuity Network (HEBCoN) Annual Conference 2018, University of York, 22 March 2018.
- Hills, M. and Allen, N. (2018) Organisational resilience at the University of Northampton: growing immunity to a full spectrum of threats. Journal of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning. 12(2) 1749-9216. (In Press)
- Hills, M. (2017) Reviewer. Journal of Terrorism Research.
- Hills, M. and Anjali, A. (2017) A human factors contribution to countering insider threats: practical prospects from a novel approach to warning & avoiding. Security Journal. 30(1), pp. 142-152. 0955-1662.
- Hills, M. (2017) Always on guard: how a corporate immune system can engage full-spectrum risks – a conceptual framework to re-engineer organizational capability and culture. In: Bajgoric, N. (ed.) Bajgoric, Nijaz Always-On Enterprise Information Systems for Modern Organizations. London: IGI Global. pp. 41-59.
- Hills, M. (2017) Communicating risk. POSTnote. 564(Nov 17), pp. 1-7.
- Hills, M. (2017) Corporate cyber immunity – what can a company do to prevent itself becoming a target? [Video]. YouTube.
- Hills, M. (2017) Full spectrum threats – why organizational culture (and its micro-cultures) are critical to the success or failure of organizational resilience. In: Boskovic, M. (ed.) Boskovic, Milica Security Risks: Assessment, Management and Current Challenges. New York: Nova Science Publishers.
- Hills, M. (2017) Lessons from the NHS ransomware calamity. EDQuarter. 26/05/2017
- Hills, M. (2017) Nowt wrong with £3.47 chicken. Country Squire Magazine. 26/09/2017
- Hills, M. (2017) On Her Majesty’s service (and beyond): Anthropology’s contribution to an unconventional career. In: MacClancy, J. (ed.) MacClancy, Jeremy Anthropology and Public Service: The UK Experience. Oxford: Berghahn. pp. 61-78.
- Hills, M. (2017) The cancer of terrorism. Country Squire Magazine. 18/08/17
- Hills, M. (2017) Towards corporate cyber immunity. Invited Keynote presented to: Cyber Security Briefing by Northamptonshire Growth Hub, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and the University of Northampton, Cottesbrooke, Park Campus, The University of Northampton, 08 September 2017.
- Hills, M. (2016) Being resilient: business continuity principles for vetinary practice. In Practice. 38(10), pp. 484-486. 2042-7689.
- Fassam, L. and Hills, M. (2016) Food supply chain resilience: a conceptual vision for an intelligence-led approach to combating food criminality and terrorism. Journal of Transportation Security. 1938-7741. (Accepted)
- Hills, M. (2016) Socio-technical gambits that destroy cyber security & organisational resilience. In: Hills, M. (ed.) Hills, Mils Why Cyber Security is a Socio-Technical Challenge: New Concepts and Practical Measures to Enhance Detection, Prevention and Response. New York: Nova Science Publishers.
- Batchelor, G. (2016) Swimming to the strategic vision: lessons from triumphing over adversity to managing cyber crises. In: Hills, M. (ed.) Hills, Mils Why Cyber Security is a Socio-Technical Challenge: New Concepts and Practical Measures to Enhance Detection, Prevention and Response. New York: Nova Science Publishers.
- Hills, M. (2016) The use of lean, scenario-driven exercises for decision-making resilience. Invited Presentation presented to: Performing Under Pressure: A Masterclass In Organisational Resilience To Terrorism & Other Risks, Cheyne Walk Club, Cheyne Walk, Northampton, 06 May 2016. (Unpublished)
- Hills, M. and Atkinson, L. (2016) Towards cyber-resilient & sustainable SMES: the case study of added value from a large IT reseller. In: Hills, M. (ed.) Hills, Mils Why Cyber Security is a Socio-Technical Challenge: New Concepts and Practical Measures to Enhance Detection, Prevention and Response. New York: Nova Science Publishers.
- Hills, M., (ed.) (2016) Why Cyber Security is a Socio-Technical Challenge: New Concepts and Practical Measures to Enhance Detection, Prevention and Response. New York: Nova Science Publishers. 9781536100907.
- Hills, M. (2016) Why we need to rethink email #NHSMail. The University of Northampton Blog. 16/11/2016
- Hills, M. (2016) Written evidence submitted by Dr Mils Hills to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee Inquiry Cyber Security: Protection of Personal Data Online. London: Houses of Parliament.
- Hills, M. (2015) Committee Member of the 15th European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security. European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security.
- Hills, M. (2015) Reviewer. Information Security Journal.
- Hills, M. (2015) Assuring organisational resilience with lean Scenario-Driven Exercises. International Journal of Emergency Services. 4(1), pp. 37-49. 2047-0894.
- Hills, M. (2015) Beyond simple human threats to cybersecurity: the need for strong proactive measures and resilient responses to cyber risk. Cyber Security Review. Spring(2015), pp. 26-30. 2055-6950.
- Hills, M. (2015) Business continuity: observations for a Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership seminar. Practical presented to: Business Continuity Workshop – Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership, Nene Whitewater Centre, Northampton, 29 April 2015. (Unpublished)
- Hills, M. (2015) Competitive advantage from human factors: cybersecurity. Invited Presentation presented to: Warwick Manufacturing Group Cybersecurity MSc Programme Event, Warwick University, 20 April 2015. (Unpublished)
- Hills, M. and Batchelor, G. (2015) Culturing defensive immunity: hardening psychological targets against cyber attack. In: Abouzakhar, N. (ed.) Abouzakhar, Nasser Proceedings of The 14th European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security ECCWS-2015, The University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK, 2-3 July 2015. Reading: Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited. 9781910810286. pp. 95-103.
- Hills, M. (2015) Enhancing corporate resilience to cyber-enabled attack: building immunity to psycho-cultural exploits. Invited Presentation presented to: Inaugural Northampton Business School Research Conference, Sunley Management Centre, The University of Northampton, 18 June 2015. (Unpublished)
- Hills, M. and Batchelor, G. (2015) Hard targets and an immune response: how information warfare and special force perspectives can deliver competitive advantage in mitigation and management of cyber crisis. Invited Presentation presented to: I4 (International Information Integrity Institute) – KPMG, Barcelona, Spain, 24 June 2015. (Unpublished)
- Hills, M. and Mehta, A. (2015) Parasites, energy and complex systems: generating novel intervention options to counter recruitment to suicide terrorism. In: Stedmon, A. and Lawson, G. (eds.) Stedmon, Alex and Lawson, Glyn Hostile Intent and Counter-Terrorism: Human Factors Theory and Application. Farnham: Ashgate. pp. 225-231.
- Hills, M. (2015) Socio-cultural insight. Invited Presentation presented to: Changing Character of War Programme – British Army Study Day, University of Oxford, 19 May 2015. (Unpublished)
- Fassam, L., Dani, S. and Hills, M. (2015) Supply chain food crime & fraud: a systematic literature review of food criminality. Paper presented to: 20th International Symposium on Logistics (ISL 2015) : Designing Responsible and Innovative Global Supply Chains, Bologna, Italy, 05-08 July 2015. (Unpublished)
- Hills, M. (2015) Upstream operations: resilience to malign intent – ‘Analogical reasoning’ for new options to detect and engage. Invited Presentation presented to: Upstream Effects: Capacity Building, Stabilisation and Counter-Terrorism (Land Intelligence Fusion Centre, British Army and Oxford University), Merton College, University of Oxford, 08-09 December 2015. (Unpublished)
- Hills, M. (2015) Written evidence submitted by Dr Mils Hills, Associate Professor of Risk, Resilience and Corporate Security, Northampton Business School. Online: UK Parliament House of Commons Defence Select Committee.
- Hills, M. (2014) Intellectual first mover advantage in a people-centric approach to achieving military superiority: out-thinking and out-fighting adversaries. The British Army Journal. 2014
- Hills, M. (2014) Key challenges for reputation, brand security and supply chain integrity. Invited Keynote presented to: Annual General Meeting of the UK Leather Federation, BLC Leather Technology Centre, Northampton, 28 January 2014. (Unpublished)
- Hills, M. (2014) Leveraging professional expertise & leveraging choice for career or personal development. In: Alden Rivers, B. and Smith, J. (eds.) Alden Rivers, Bethany and Smith, James Changemaker in the Curriculum: The University of Northampton: Case Studies 2013-2014. Northampton: The University of Northampton. pp. 21-24.
- Hills, M. (2014) Socio-technical security: the insider threat. Invited Presentation presented to: Warwick Manufacturing Group Cybersecurity MSc Programme Event, Warwick University, 24 April 2014. (Unpublished)
- Hills, M. (2014) The deregulation and swarming of cyberwarfare: the need for and limitations of law in enabling aggressive ‘hacking-back’ and pre-emption. Journal of Law & Cyber Warfare. 3(1), pp. 43-51.
- Hills, M. and Logendran, G. (2014) The rotten apple in the barrel has a bug in it: how the analogy of parasitic infection may shed light on the causes of & solutions to recent financial scandals. Invited Presentation presented to: British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA) Annual Conference 2014, London School of Economics, 14-16 April 2014. (Unpublished)
- Hills, M. and McFarlane, P. (2014) Towards a higher plane of air transportation security: from hubris to knowledge. Journal of Transportation Security. 7(2), pp. 115-121. 1938-7741.
- Hills, M. (2014) Weak signals of the future: current challenges that may endure future media: implications for the armed forces of engagement in and through the media. Invited Presentation presented to: Changing Character of War Programme / British Army Directorate of Force Development, University of Oxford, 15 January 2014. (Unpublished)
- Hills, M. (2013) Editorial Board Member. Central European Journal of International and Security Studies. Online: Metropolitan University Prague. 7805-482x (online), 1802-548x (print).
- McFarlane, P. and Hills, M. (2013) Developing immunity to flight security risk: prospective benefits from considering aviation security as a socio-technical eco-system. Journal of Transportation Security. 6(3), pp. 221-234. 1938-7741.
- Rose, E. and Hills, M. (2013) Mitigating risk for graduates and potential employers: The moral imperative for students in delivering superior value for employers. Paper presented to: Association of Business Schools (ABS) Learning & Teaching Conference: ‘Innovation and the Student Experience’, Nottingham Trent University, 23-24 April 2013. (Unpublished)
- Khan, Z., Khan, S. and Hills, M. (2013) Resource warfare: considering the challenge of supply chain security in an era of unrestricted warfare. International Journal of Logistics Economics and Globalisation. 5(3), pp. 240-249. 1741-5373.
- Hills, M. (2012) A new perspective on the achievement of psychological effects from cyber warfare payloads: the analogy of parasitic manipulation of host behavior. Journal of Law & Cyber Warfare. 1(1), pp. 208-217.
- Hills, M. (2012) Developing and maintaining personal resilience. Invited Presentation presented to: Senior Civil Service Base Camp, National School of Government, Sunningdale, 08 March 2012. (Unpublished)
- Hills, M. (2012) From the field, to information warfare, to 10 Downing Street, the boardroom to the business school: applying anthropology to the real world. Invited Presentation presented to: Presentation for Final Year Undergraduates in Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Oxford Brookes University, 09 February 2012. (Unpublished)
- Hills, M. (2012) Social media & violent effects. Invited Presentation presented to: Changing Character of War Programme / British Army Study Day, University of Oxford, 09 July 2012. (Unpublished)