date and time icon Fri, 10 Nov 2023

Cyber Academy Manager recognised by Europe-wide industry awards

An Edinburgh Napier University lecturer has been recognised for his teaching at a leading industry awards ceremony.

Basil Manoussos, who is the Cyber Academy Manager at Edinburgh Napier's School of Computing, Engineering & the Built Environment, claimed the Best Educator award at the PICCASO Privacy Awards Europe.

Representing Privacy, InfoSec, Culture, Change, Awareness, Societal, and Organisation, the PICCASO Privacy Awards recognise and spotlight the people and organisations making an outstanding contribution to this dynamic and fast-growing sector.

This year’s edition comprised over 100 short-listed finalists across 19 categories, with the final prizes handed out at a gala dinner in London. The judging panels included leading figures from digital giants such as Microsoft, Meta, Accenture and eBay.

Basil has been working with ENU since 2017, raising the profile of The Cyber Academy and helping to create awareness of cyber threats to businesses, individuals, the third sector and the state, in Scotland, the UK and around the world.

Coming from a digital forensics and cybercrime background, he has extensive experience in digital forensic investigations, as a practitioner and director of Strathclyde Forensics Ltd.

Among his recent achievements at Edinburgh Napier, he convened the sixth International Conference on Big Data, Cybersecurity & Critical Infrastructure at the University’s Craiglockhart campus in May.

PICCASO Privacy Awards founder, Vivienne Artz said: “Every winner and highly commended individual deserves immense praise for their exceptional accomplishments within their respective domains.

“These experts have showcased unwavering commitment to advancing privacy innovation, exhibiting thought leadership, and taking decisive action to embed privacy by design into our daily lives, both societally and in our businesses.

“Their dedication is a testament to their remarkable contributions, making a lasting impact on the way we approach privacy in today's rapidly evolving world.”