Allan Friedman, PhD

Director of Cybersecurity Initiatives, National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Department of Commerce

Allan Friedman is Director of Cybersecurity Initiatives at National Telecommunications and Information Administration in the US Department of Commerce. He coordinates NTIA's multi-stakeholder processes on cybersecurity, focusing on addressing vulnerabilities in IoT and across the software world. Prior to joining the Federal Government, Friedman spent over 15 years as a noted cybersecurity and tech policy scholar at Harvard's Computer Science Department, the Brookings Institution and George Washington University's Engineering School. He is the co-author of the popular text 'Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know,' has a degree in computer science from Swarthmore College and a PhD in public policy from Harvard University, and is quite friendly for a failed professor-turned-technocrat.