Irving Lachow


Dr. Irving Lachow was a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution. Lachow spent over 20 years working at the intersection of technology and policy issues, with the last 15 years being primarily focused on cybersecurity. Irv joined MITRE in 2010 as a Principal Cyber Engineer.  He has worked on and led a number of projects across a range of cyber policy and technology areas for the Department of Defense, the intelligence community, and the Department of State.  Dr. Lachow is currently a Portfolio Manager and is leading the company’s international cyber programs. In addition to working at MITRE, Dr. Lachow is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, an Affiliate at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, and an advisor to the Mach37 Cyber Accelerator. 

Dr. Lachow has authored or coauthored more than 30 publications, including books, articles, and reports. He has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Notable media appearances include the PBS NewsHour, CNN, CSPAN, the Los Angeles Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and Dr. Lachow received his Ph.D. in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University. He earned an A.B. in political science and a B.S. in physics from Stanford University.

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The Promise And Peril Of Active Cyber Defense

by Irving Lachowvia The Hill
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

American businesses are under siege from cyber criminals and state-sponsored cyber spies. Despite the billions of dollars spent by companies on cyber defenses, the problem is getting worse.