June 1st, 2017

PITTSBURGH — The former executive director of the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity has a new position as resident scholar at the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security, effective today. Kiersten Todt headed up the national cybersecurity commission, which helped carry out President Barack Obama’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan. Its members — top strategic, business and technical thinkers from outside government — worked to strengthen…

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June 23rd, 2015

Faced with liability from cyber-attacks, companies must take proactive steps to ensure they are prepared to mitigate the impact of a cyber-attack. By Kim Peretti and Jason Wool, Alston & Bird LLP, and Kiersten Todt and Roger Cressey, Liberty Group Ventures, LLC It is often said that a cyber-attack is a matter of “when,” not “if,” for companies ranging from Fortune 500 powerhouses to mom-and-pop establishments. While this statement provides a dose of dark reality, it offers no…

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December 27th, 2013

By AARON KATERSKY 
SUSANNA KIM Target Corp. said that PIN data was lifted during its massive data breach, but that it’s “confident that PIN numbers are safe and secure.” “The most important thing for our guests to know is that their debit card accounts have not been compromised due to the encrypted PIN numbers being taken,” Target said in a statement today about the data breach that might have affected as many as 40 million customers between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15. Earlier this week, a…

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June 1st, 2013

Kiersten E Todt considers how open events such as the Boston Marathon can be better secured against violence, examining the role of video surveillance, layered security and community and crowd awareness. On 1 October 2005, a bomb detonated fewer than 200 yards from Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, where 84,501 spectators were attending a football game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Kansas State Wildcats. Some spectators inside the stadium heard an explosion that was also reported up to five…

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March 1st, 2013

Security strategy has evolved since 11 September 2001, from a focus on prevention to a wider consideration of resilience. This approach has particular relevance to mega sporting events, where the ability to recover from disruption and complete the event is both important and time-sensitive. Kiersten Todt Coon discusses the value of resilience during major events. On the final day of the Winter Olympics, an explosive device is detonated at a critical power substation for the statewide power…

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