Professor Mark Button



Doctorate (London School of Economics)

MA (University of Warwick)

BA (Hons) (Exeter)


Mark Button is Director of the Centre for Counter Fraud Studies at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth. Mark has written extensively on counter fraud, cyber-fraud and private policing issues, publishing many articles, chapters and completing eight books. His latest book (co-authored with Dr Cassandra Cross ) is titled Cyber Frauds, Scams and their Victims has just been published by Routledge.

Some of the most significant research projects include leading the research on behalf of the National Fraud Authority and ACPO on fraud victims; the Department for International Development on fraud measurement, Acromas (AA and Saga) on ‘Cash-for-Crash fraudsters’, the Midlands Fraud Forum, Eversheds and PKF on ‘Sanctioning Fraudsters’, and the Government’s Annual Cyber Breaches Survey. Mark is also working with Dr Victoria Wang on a major EPSRC funded project on open data and on the Government’s annual Cyber-breaches survey with IPSOS-Mori. 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 and the United Nations Development Programme/European Union on enhancing civilian oversight of the Turkish private security industry. Mark also holds the position of Head of Secretariat of the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board. He is also a former Director of the Security Institute. Before joining the University of Portsmouth Professor Button was a Research Assistant to the Rt Hon Bruce George MP specialising in policing, security and home affairs issues.


Counter fraud

Security management

Cyber crime

Private security regulation

Private policing

Fraud measurement

Fraud policing and punishment

Security officers

Fraud victims