Byron Acohido, one of the nation’s most respected cybersecurity and privacy experts, has stepped into a new role: editor-in-chief at IDT911. Acohido first began paying close attention to cybersecurity and privacy in 2004 as a technology reporter and web producer at USA Today. Acohido’s deeply reported, award-winning stories and videos chronicled the emergence of cybercrime and rise of unprecedented privacy issues in the Internet Age.
While at the Seattle Times earlier in his career, Acohido was awarded the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting and 11 other national awards for investigative stories linking a defect in the rudder controls of Boeing 737 jetliners to a string of crashes that killed hundreds of people.
Acohido will direct IDT911’s news content generation and also be available as an expert commentator on privacy and security topics.
Acohido is a native of Hawaii. He graduated from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and also practiced journalism at the Herald, of Everett, WA, and the Dallas Times Herald. He taught college courses at the University of Alaska Anchorage as the Atwood Chair of Journalism. He is highly regarded in tech, journalism, government and academia as an author, analyst, instructor and public speaker dedicated to fostering fresh thinking and fruitful discussions about cybersecurity and privacy.