Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security

About the Institute


Pitt Cyber provides a unique interdisciplinary environment for tackling cyber challenges. We bring the breadth of one of the world’s leading public research universities to bear on the critical questions of networks, data, and algorithms, with a focus on the ever-changing gaps among law, policy, and technology. Our collective of legal, policy, and technical researchers engages with policymakers and industry to create both actionable proposals to address current demands and fundamental insights to understand the future as it arrives.

David J. Hickton, JD
Founding Director

David J. Hickton is the founding director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security. Prior to coming to Pitt, he served as United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and has been an advocate for cybersecurity vigilance, as well as the development of methods to defend the nation’s systems infrastructure. He played an integral role in creating legal practices for cybercrime investigations and prioritized the prosecution of computer crimes throughout his tenure from 2010 to 2016.

Kiersten E. Todt, MS
Resident Scholar

Kiersten E. Todt is the resident scholar at the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security. 

Beth Schwanke, JD
Executive Director

Beth Schwanke is the executive director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security.

Michael J. Madison, JD
Academic Director & Senior Scholar

Michael J. Madison is a senior scholar and the academic director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security.

Ray Winstead
Technology Director
Sarah Barca
Administrative Director

Affiliate Scholars

Adjunct Professor of Law
School of Law
Professor of Law
School of Law
Professor of Law
School of Law
Assistant Professor
Swanson School of Engineering
Mark A. Nordenberg University Professor and John E. Murray Faculty Scholar, and Academic Director, Center for International Legal Education
School of Law
Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives; Chair, Department of Information Culture and Data Stewardship; Professor
History of Art and Architecture
Professor
Swanson School of Engineering
Founding Dean and Professor
School of Computing and Information
William S. Dietrich II Chair of Political Science
Department of Political Science
Associate Professor & Director of Stephen R. Tritch Nuclear Engineering Program
Swanson School of Engineering
Professor of Law
School of Law
Associate Professor
Swanson School of Engineering
ECE Department Chair and R&H Mickle Endowed Chair; NSF CHREC Center Director
Swanson School of Engineering
John E. Murray Faculty Scholar, Professor of Law
School of Law
Assistant Professor
Swanson School of Engineering
Professor; Associate Director, NSF SHREC Center
Swanson School of Engineering
Professor
School of Computing and Information
Manager, Strategy and Business Development, Center for Energy and Energy GRID Institute
Swanson School of Engineering
Associate Professor, Program Director of International Affairs at GSPIA
Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
Professor
School of Computing and Information
Adjunct Professor
Swanson School of Engineering
Assistant Professor
School of Computing and Information
Clinical Associate Professor, History of Art and Architecture; Director, Visual Media Workshop; Associate Professor, School of Information Sciences
History of Art and Architecture
Associate Dean, Associate Professor
School of Computing and Information
Assistant Professor
Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
Faculty Director of Innovation Practice Institute, Professor of Law
School of Law
Professor
School of Computing and Information
Associate Profssor
Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
Professor
School of Computing and Information
Assistant Professor
Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
Director, Center for Energy and Energy Grid Institute
Swanson School of Engineering
Senior Lecturer and Director
Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
Chief Research Informatics Officer, Department of Biomedical Informatics; Visiting Professor, Biomedical Informatics
Assistant Professor of Law and Informations Sciences
School of Law
Professor
School of Computing and Information
Assistant Professor
Department of English
Nickolas DeCecco Professor, Associate Director, Center for Energy
Swanson School of Engineering
Executive Director, Research Operations & Business Engagement
Swanson School of Engineering
Chair, Department of Informatics and Networked Systems; Professor
School of Computing and Information
Professor; Director, Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies
Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
Assistant Professor
Swanson School of Engineering
William Kepler Whiteford Professor
Swanson School of Engineering
Assistant Professor
Swanson School of Engineering
Chair, Department of Computer Science; Professor
School of Computing and Information