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The 'Basics We Need to Get Right'

Professor Daniel Dresner on How Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises Can Be Safer
Daniel Dresner, professor of cyber security, University of Manchester

"There are so many basics we need to get right," says Daniel Dresner, professor of cyber security at Manchester University. In this interview, he discusses the cybersecurity practices that he recommends to make the task of securing small- to medium-sized enterprises, or SMEs, less overwhelming.

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Dresner says that once security practitioners in small businesses know where to start the daunting job of keeping their enterprise's data secure, they are ready for the next step, which is, "When stuff happens, listen, learn, and adapt to what's going on."

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group, Dresner discusses:

  • How keeping up with cybersecurity basic practices can help SMEs deflect 80% of low-level attacks;
  • How the IASME Consortium and the Greater Manchester Cyber Foundry help SMEs improve their security posture;
  • Why SMEs cannot ignore cybersecurity - especially as they increase the number of devices they have.

Dresner is the first professor of cyber security at the University of Manchester, which he joined after spending 22 years with the National Computing Center. He is a founder and a director of the IASME Consortium, which champions cybersecurity for small businesses, and he runs the U.K.'s cyber essentials scheme. He is also part of the Greater Manchester Cyber Foundry Team.

About the Author

Anna Delaney

Anna Delaney

Director, ISMG Productions

An experienced broadcast journalist, Delaney conducts interviews with senior cybersecurity leaders around the world. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of the website for The European Information Security Summit, or TEISS. Earlier, she worked at Levant TV and Resonance FM and served as a researcher at the BBC and ITV in their documentary and factual TV departments.

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