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.

Ray Winstead
Technology Director
Sarah Barca
Administrative Director
Christopher R. Deluzio, JD
Law & Policy Fellow

Christopher R. Deluzio is the Law & Policy Fellow 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.