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 Hickton Portrait

David J. Hickton

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.
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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 is also 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. She served as the executive director of the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, which helped carry out President Barack Obama’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan.
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Beth Schwanke Portrait

Beth Schwanke

Beth Schwanke is the executive director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security. Prior to coming to Pitt, she practiced law at the multinational law firm DLA Piper, and held positions at the Center for Global Development and Freedom Now in Washington, DC.
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Michael J. Madison Portrait

Michael J. Madison

Michael J. Madison is a Senior Scholar and the Academic Director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security. A faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law since 1998, he also serves as the Faculty Director for Pitt Law’s Innovation Practice Institute and is a John E. Murray Faculty Scholar.
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Institute Staff

Ray Winstead, Technology Director
ray.winstead@pitt.edu

Sarah Barca, Administrative Director
sld71@pitt.edu