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Professor Daniel Dresner

Professor of Cyber Security - University of Manchester

Danny Dresner finds the threads that bind information together and mends them when they break.

Danny is the first Professor of Cyber Security at the University of Manchester which he joined after 22 years with The National Computing Centre. Danny takes a diverse community-based approach to cyber security, and runs exercises to help people learn how to cope with the risk of on‑line harms. Danny is also a founder and a director of The IASME Consortium which champions cyber security for small businesses and runs the UK’s Cyber Essentials Scheme. Daniel also furthers the opportunities cyber security offers SMEs as part of the four-university Greater Manchester Cyber Foundry. Danny also revived The Ratio Club (a thought leadership group for cybernetics in which Alan Turing participated).

He is a visiting lecturer at Cranfield University, delivering modules on risk and cyber defence to cohorts from India and the Western Balkans at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom for the Chevening Programme.

Danny contributes to books, conferences, and appears on the BBC explaining cyber security risks to the wider community. He was voted 2nd to top cyber security influencer in the UK 2017 and 11th worldwide in 2019 and 2020.