Lance Hoffman

Lance Hoffman
Distinguished Research Professor
George Washington University

Lance J. Hoffman taught the first regular university course in cybersecurity (at the University of California, Berkeley) in 1970, and established the computer security program at GW in 1977. He led GW to national recognition as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research. Distinguished Research Professor of Computer Science, he is the author or editor of numerous articles and five books on computer security and privacy; his teaching innovations include multidisciplinary courses on electronic commerce and network security, the development of a portable educational network for teaching computer security, and the initial blueprint for cyber defense exercises in academia.

He is currently Principal Investigator for the Department of Homeland Security, Defense Department, and National Science Foundation computer security scholarship programs under which full scholarships are given to some full-time students in computer security and information assurance (see for details). A Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, Dr. Hoffman founded and directs what is now GW's Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute (CSPRI) and has served on a number of Advisory Committees including those of the Center for Democracy and Technology, IBM, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Department of Homeland Security. He has testified before Congress on security and privacy-related issues.

Prof. Hoffman directs the research, education, and service projects of CSPRI, a center for GW and the Washington area to promote technical research and policy analysis of problems that have a significant computer security and information assurance component. CSPRI's mission is to encourage, promote, facilitate, and execute interdisciplinary research in these areas, including the exploration of the norms, governance issues and operating systems of cyberspace. More information on CSPRI is available at

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March 12, 2015

Recent reports suggest the U.S. government wants to ban strong encryption, a policy that could spell disaster for both U.S. competitiveness and civil liberties. Can policymakers reconcile the needs of law enforcement with good cybersecurity practices? Join ITIF for a lively panel discussion.