Allan Friedman, PhD













I am a Research Scientist at the Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute at George Washington University’s School of Engineering. My work spans technology and policy, focusing on cybersecurity and privacy issues.


I am the co-author of Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know, released in 2014 by Oxford University Press. The book offers comprehensive overview of the myriad 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."  More info at


Previously, I was the Research Director for the new Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution and a Fellow in the Governance Studies Program, where I worked on a wide range of information technology policy issues. 


Before moving to Washington, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Harvard Computer Science department at the Center for Research in Computation and Society, a Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, where I worked on cybersecurity research and supervised student research with the MIT/Harvard Minerva Project . I was also affiliated with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.



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