Michael Daugherty

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Michael Daugherty (born November 1, 1960) is an American businessman who was the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of LabMD, an Atlanta-based cancer-testing laboratory[1] which he started in 1996. He is currently the President of the Cyber Education Foundation, established in 2018.

Early Years

Daugherty grew up in Detroit, Michigan where his father and mother were local police officers. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1982 with degrees in Psychology and Economics


In 2008, the security firm Tiversa notified LabMD that the records of thousands of LabMD's patients had been accessed and were publicly available on the internet.[[4] 2] The Federal Trade Commission charged LabMD with engaging in "unfair business practices" for the security breach. A Tiversa employee-turned-whistleblower later testified that he was responsible for breaching LabMD's network . In a decade of litigation, it was revealed that Tiversa and the FTC had a working relationship. The FTC would identify companies for Tiversa to target and Tiversa would either gain security contracts with these companies or refer them back to the FTC for fines.

In June of 2018, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the FTC's approach to developing cyber and security standards violates due process.[3] Justin Gus Hurwitz of the Federalist Society called Daugherty a "hero because he spent the last decade fighting charges brought by the Federal Trade Commission that LabMD had engaged in 'unfair' business practices in 2008 when it was hacked by a security consulting firm trying to get him to buy their security services."[4]


Daughtery wrote "The Devil Inside the Beltway" to document his ten-year legal defense and battle against the Federal Trade Commission's charges[5]. He is among one of the only corporate executives to successfully challenge the FTC's authority relating to cybersecurity and online privacy in the last 15 years.

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