Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security

About the Institute

The Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security is positioned to make significant contributions to the national discussion on cyber-related issues. Building upon the University of Pittsburgh’s existing strengths in the area of cybersecurity, the institute provides a platform for innovative solutions that are critical to meet cybercrime threats.

The institute’s work will be driven by faculty members who teach in the areas of cyber law, security, policy, and technology, many of whom will be part of the recently approved School of Computing and Information, which will open in July.


David Hickton Portrait

David J. Hickton

David J. Hickton, former United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, 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.
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Kiersten E. Todt Portrait

Kiersten E. Todt

Kiersten E. Todt is the resident scholar at the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security. She also is the president and managing partner of Liberty Group Ventures, LLC (LGV), a role in which she develops risk and crisis management solutions for cybersecurity, infrastructure, homeland security, emergency management, and higher education clients in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
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Institute Staff

Ray Winstead, Technology Director

Sarah Barca, Administrative Director