Allan Friedman 

Biographical Sketch 

Allan Friedman was a Research Scientist at the the Cyber Security Policy Research Institute in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at George Washington University, where he works on cybersecurity policy. 
Wearing the hats of both a technologist and a policy scholar, his work spans computer science, public policy and the social sciences, and has addressed a wide range of policy issues, from privacy to telecommunications. Friedman has over a decade of experience in cybersecurity research, with a particular focus on economic, market, and trade issues. He is the coauthor of Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Prior to his time at CSPRI, Friedman was a Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and the research director for the Center for Technology Innovation.  Before moving to Washington, he was Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University Computer Science department, where he worked on cyber security policy, privacy-enhancing technologies and the economics of information security. Friedman was also a Fellow at the Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, where he worked on the Minerva Project for Cyber International Relations. He has also received fellowships from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and the Harvard Program on Networked Governance. He has a degree in Computer Science from Swarthmore College, and a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University.

Selected Papers and Media

Follow Dr.Friedman on Twitter: @allanfriedman

Book Information

Friedman's book, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know was published by Oxford University Press in 2014. Co-authored with national security expert Peter Singer, the book offers a comprehensive overview of the myriad of risks we face in cyberspace today. It is written in easy-to -understand Q&A style, explaining key technical and policy issues while sharing interesting illustrative stories that will keep even veteran cyber types engaged. The book has been described by the Chairman of Google as “an essential read” and by the former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO as “most approachable and readable book ever written on the cyber world.”  Book Website

Listen to Dr. Friedman and Peter Singer discuss their book and other cyber security issues:  
Cybersecurity and Cyberwarfare (C-SPAN Video Library)