David Thaw is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and holds appointments in the School of Law, the School of Computing and Information, and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. He is also an Affiliated Fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School.
David is an internationally-recognized expert on cybersecurity law and policy. His work uses computing and information empirical methods to understand the nature and character of cybersecurity risks and to understand cybercrime. David is the founder and faculty director of the CyREN Laboratory, which uses advanced simulation technology and social science research methods to examine empirically how adversaries compromise information systems.
In his legal and policy scholarship, David uses scientific data to examine how regulatory frameworks drive cybersecurity practices. His legal scholarship also examines connections between "cyber" challenges and areas of law, focusing indentifying the legal tools best suited to addressing leading technology problems. David's research spans cybersecurity, privacy, cybercrime, legal issues of cyberwarfare, and criminal law and procedure, and administrative law and regulatory theory.
Prior to joining the Pitt faculty, David taught at the University of Connecticut and the University of Maryland. He also practiced cybersecurity and privacy regulatory law at Hogan Lovels (formerly Hogan & Hartson) and was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale Law School.
David holds a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley's School of Information, a J.D. from Berkeley Law, a M.A. in Political Science from UC Berkeley and a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.A. in Government & Politics from the University of Maryland.