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Allan Friedman, PhD

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
Senior Advisor and Strategist
Allan Friedman is the guy who won’t shut up about SBOM at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Administration. He coordinates the global cross-sector community efforts around software bill of materials (SBOM), and works to advance its adoption inside the US government. He was previously the Director of Cybersecurity Initiatives at NTIA, leading pioneering work on vulnerability disclosure, SBOM, and other security topics. Prior to joining the Federal government, Friedman spent over a decade as a noted information security and technology 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.  He is quite friendly for a failed-professor-turned-technocrat.