Managing Director, Cyber Readiness Institute
Kiersten Todt currently serves as the Managing Director of the Cyber Readiness Institute (CRI), a non-profit initiative that convenes senior executives of global companies to develop free cybersecurity tools and resources for small businesses, worldwide. She co-founded CRI in 2017 with the CEOs of Mastercard, Microsoft, PSP Partners, and the retired CEO of IBM. She is also the Scholar in Washington, DC at the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security. Ms. Todt is also the CEO of Liberty Group Ventures, LLC (LGV). She develops risk and crisis management solutions for cybersecurity, infrastructure, homeland security, emergency management, and higher education clients in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Ms. Todt advises senior executives and Boards on cyber risk management, including the development and execution of tabletop exercises and relevant senior-level education and training programs. She also provides strategic advice and counsel to senior leaders in industry and government. She most recently served as the Executive Director of President Obama’s independent, bipartisan Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. Prior to this role, she was the CEO of Liberty Group Ventures, LLC (LGV). She was a member of the team supporting the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the development of the Voluntary Cybersecurity Framework called for in President Obama’s 2013 Executive Order 13636 on cybersecurity. Prior to LGV, Ms. Todt was a partner at Good Harbor Consulting and was responsible for building and managing the company’s North America crisis management practice. Before joining Good Harbor, she worked for Business Executives for National Security (BENS) and was responsible for integrating the private sector into state and local emergency management capabilities, following Hurricane Katrina; she also worked with the White House to develop the Federal Maritime Security Strategy. Prior to BENS, she was a consultant for Sandia National Laboratories and worked with the California Governor's Office to develop the homeland security preparedness plan for the Bay Area. Ms. Todt was an adjunct lecturer at Stanford University. Ms. Todt served as a Professional Staff Member on the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. She worked for the Committee Chairman, Senator Joseph Lieberman, and was responsible for co-drafting the cybersecurity, infrastructure protection, emergency preparedness, bioterror, and science and technology directorates of the legislation that created the Department of Homeland Security. Before working in the Senate, Ms. Todt served in the Office of the Vice President on domestic policy issues. She was also the senior advisor on demand-reduction issues to Director Barry R. McCaffrey at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). Ms. Todt has commented on homeland security, cybersecurity, and sport security issues in multiple media outlets, including Bloomberg, NBC, CBS, CNN, BBC, NPR, FoxNews, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Business Insider. Her writing on cybersecurity, crisis management, and sport security has been published in relevant journals and news publications. Ms. Todt graduated from Princeton University, with a degree in public policy from the School of Public and International Affairs and a certificate in African-American Studies. She holds a master's degree in Public Policy and a certificate in negotiation and conflict resolution from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.