Principal Cyber Security Scientist
Principal Cyber Security Scientist


David Manz, Ph.D. is a Principal Cyber Security Scientist within the National Security Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

David's areas of expertise include cyber resilience and critical infrastructure security. Since 2010 he has led multiple cybersecurity related projects as both primary investigator and project manager including co-leading the PNNL investment, PACiFiC: Proactive Adaptive Cybersecurity Framework for Control. He has been responsible in the design and execution of over $30M in project funding during his career.

David is a co-author of the book “Research Methods for Cyber Security,” as well as numerous papers and presentations on cybersecurity, control system security, and cryptographic key management. He is a recipient of PNNL’s Ronald L. Brodzinski Laboratory Director’s Early Career Exceptional Achievement Award.

Prior to PNNL, David spent five years as a researcher on Group Key Management Protocols for the Center for Secure and Dependable Systems at the University of Idaho (U of I). He has taught undergraduate and graduate computer science courses at U of I, and as an adjunct faculty at Washington State University.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, computer science, University of Idaho
  • Master of Science, computer science, University of Idaho
  • Bachelor of Science, computer information science, University of Oregon