Allan Friedman

Allan Friedman

NTIA (National Telecommunication and Information Administration) US Dept of Commerce
Director of Cybersecurity Initiatives

Dr. Allan Friedman is Director of Cybersecurity at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in the US Department of Commerce. He coordinates NTIA’s multi-stakeholder processes on cybersecurity, convening cross-sector working groups with a focus on resilience in a vulnerable ecosystem. This has included pioneering government engagement on coordinated vulnerability disclosure, IoT security, and software component transparency. 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.

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