Daniel is Academic Lead for Cyber Security at the University of Manchester where he has taught cyber security to over 2000 students. Daniel is director/co-founder of the IASME benchmark of information and cyber security governance for SMEs and an accreditation body for the Cyber Essentials. Daniel is an evangelist for useful standards and good practice, nursing organisations through ISO/IEC 27001 and working with the British Standards Institution to define standards of good practice in systems and software engineering. He was awarded a PhD for his work in information systems risk and is a Fellow of the Institute of Information Security Professionals. Daniel is a visiting lecturer at Cranfield University and delivers module on risk and cyber defence to cohorts from India and the Western Balkans at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom under the Chevening Programme of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Daniel has contributed to risk management guidance from the National Cyber Security Centre. He’s an active member of the Information Assurance Advisory Council’s North West cohort (creating its Northern Academic Liaison Panel) and in the Yorkshire Cyber Security Cluster. Daniel also advises the Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s on its aspirations for a resilient, cyber secure, digital community and economy. He is a director of a programme to train neurodiverse individuals in cyber security whilst offering security support to vulnerable people. He benchmarked local authorities for 5 years under the SOCITM programme and authored SOCITM’s Cyber Resilience Guide.
During 22 years at The National Computing Centre where he designed and managed the Centre’s information security management system (one of the first to be integrated with ISO 9001), he was architect of DTI’s Towards Software Excellence programme, created BS 7799 training for SANS, edited the UK’s national security breaches survey, and wrote the first international standards for source code escrow. More recently, Daniel revived The Ratio Club (an academic thought leadership group in which Alan Turing had participated).
Daniel advises the Greater Manchester Combined Authority on cyber security resilience in its digital economy. He contributes to books, conferences, and appears on the BBC explaining cyber security risks to the wider community. He was voted second top influencer in UK cyber security 2017 and number 8 worldwide in 2018.