IFSEC Global Influencers 2018: Dr Daniel Dresner Named As The Highest Ranking UK Academic


Congratulations to Dr Daniel Dresner (The University of Manchester) who has been named as the highest ranking UK academic in the international line-up of cyber security influencers in the IFSEC Global Influencers CyberSecurity category.  

The judges chose the experts on the list by exploring how:

  • Each candidate plays a key role in technological innovation
  • The person catalyses change in regulation, standards and best practice
  • Each person has been instrumental to the success of their organisation or business
  • Each candidate has raised the industry's profile or been influential in the national media
  • Each candidate's insights/ opinions are widely respected and shape debate around key industry issues

Daniel G. Dresner is the Academic Coordinator for Cyber Security at the University of Manchester, and director and co-founder of The IASME Consortium which created a benchmark of cyber security governance achievable by SMEs, and helped to pioneer the Cyber Essentials. A consulting research analyst and lecturer Danny Dresner has described his mission as being to “find the threads that bind information together and mend them when they break.”

His nomination: “Daniel is an evangelist for useful standards and good practice. He nurses organisations through ISO/IEC 27001, and was awarded a PhD for his work in information systems risk. Daniel is a Fellow (and founder member) of the Institute of Information Security Professionals. Before his current roles, Daniel was at The National Computing Centre for 22 years. He was architect of DTI’s Towards Software Excellence programme, created the core of the original SANS training for BS 7799, edited the UK’s first national security breaches survey at NCC, and wrote the first international standards for source code escrow.

“Daniel’s contribution to new risk management guidance from the National Cyber Security Centre has been noted, and he is an active member of Information Assurance Advisory Councils North West cohort (and created its Northern Academic Liaison Panel). Daniel is also active in the Yorkshire Cyber Security Cluster and most recently revived The Ratio Club (an academic thought leadership group in which Alan Turing had participated). Daniel is now part of the Infrastructure and Academic Advisory Groups for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s aspirations for resilient, cyber secure, digital community and economy.

“His consultancy work spans public, private, and third sectors and varies from identifying the vulnerabilities (and how to fix them) of a small firm with responsibility for 7 million personal records to writing a definitive guide to cyber resilience for local government (on behalf of SOCITM). He has contributed to books, conferences, and appears on the BBC to explain the risks and opportunities of information systems to the wider community.

“When asked about ‘what best helped your learning?’ in Daniel’s cybersecurity lectures, a student replied, ‘His funny videos, jokes, exquisite dress sense. Most importantly, the way he applies his lessons to the real world in the form of stories, hard questions, exercises and news events. He also went through some hard work to get us guest speakers that could be beneficial for our careers. If that doesn’t show you that a person cares, I don’t know what would.’”