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Pitt Cyber Announces Inaugural Affiliate Practice Scholar James Kitchen

May 17, 2018

Pitt Cyber Announces Inaugural Affiliate Practice Scholar James Kitchen


Pittsburgh – Pitt Cyber announced attorney James Kitchen as its inaugural Affiliate Practice Scholar today.

Affiliate Practice Scholars, chosen from outside of the University, will join Pitt Cyber’s Affiliate Scholars, faculty from across the University of Pittsburgh, to collaborate and be a source of practical experience and expertise for research, experiential learning, and discussion.

James Kitchen is Of Counsel at the global law firm Jones Day where he assists companies with internal investigations, cybersecurity, data privacy, and breach response, including resulting litigation.  Kitchen practices in the firm’s Investigations and White Collar Defense as well as its Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Protection groups. 

Kitchen is also a former Assistant US Attorney who worked with Pitt Cyber’s founding director David Hickton, then US Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, on several landmark cybercrime cases while specializing in leading investigations involving sophisticated nation-state backed hackers and their targeting of American companies. Some of Kitchen’s notable cyber investigations resulted in:

  • The 2014 indictment of five members of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army for hacking into Westinghouse, US Steel, Alcoa, Allegheny Technologies, and the United Steelworkers (the first-ever corporate cyber espionage indictment of nation-state hackers);
  • The 2017 indictment of three reported associates of the Chinese Ministry of State Security for hacking into Siemens, Trimble Navigation, and Moody’s Analytics;
  • The 2015 international coordinated takedown and dismantling of the Darkode Internet criminal hacking forum, involving 20 countries and over 70 forum members; and
  • The successful investigation in 2012 identifying and arresting Scottish terrorist Adam Busby for sending anonymized email bomb threats to the University of Pittsburgh.

As a result of these investigations and more, Kitchen was designated as a National Security Cyber Specialist and Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council Coordinator by the US Department of Justice and received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award and the FBI Director’s Award for Outstanding Cyber Investigation.

“I am pleased to announce Jimmy as our inaugural Affiliate Practice Scholar. I can’t think of someone who more exemplifies the boldness of what Pitt Cyber is building here. Our dogged prosecutions of cyber criminals here in Western Pennsylvania were groundbreaking and internationally significant,” said David Hickton, the institute’s founding director. “Academia has a critical role to play in tackling cyber challenges—and opportunities—but equally critical are those working in the worlds of policy and practice.”

“I’m honored to join Pitt Cyber. The opportunity to collaborate with this extraordinary collective of scholars who have an eye toward real-world impact is tremendous,” said Kitchen.  “Academia and practitioners in the arena of cybersecurity have much to offer each other, and I’m excited to collaborate with the University of Pittsburgh to develop cutting edge solutions that impact this practice.”

Pitt Cyber’s Affiliate Practice Scholars, starting with Kitchen, will be comprised of individuals across disciplines and industries.


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Deborah Todd