Unisys to Co-Host Government, Industry and Academic Leaders for Virtual Workshop on Education Pillar of Cybersecurity Moonshot Initiative
Workshop to focus on increasing the availability, quality and diversity of cybersecurity talent to meet the White House initiative's goal for a safe and secure internet for critical infrastructure by 2028
BLUE BELL, Pa., September 29, 2020 – Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) today announced the company will co-host a National Cybersecurity Moonshot Virtual Workshop focusing on innovation and execution for cyber education – one of the initiative's six foundational "pillars" – with a goal of dramatically increasing the availability, quality and diversity of cybersecurity talent.
Also being co-hosted by American University, the Center for Internet Security® (CIS) and the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (the I3P), the workshop will be held on October 5-6. The event is scheduled to include leading voices among government, industry and academia including keynote speeches from Bradford Willke, assistant director of the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge.
Unisys Chairman and CEO Peter Altabef – who co-chaired the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) subcommittee that produced the Cybersecurity Moonshot report – will join cyber education experts including Dr. Beverly Scott, a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council and an infrastructure-focused executive specializing in workforce development at all levels; Admiral(ret.) Mark Montgomery, executive director of the Cybersecurity Solarium Commission; Bobbie Stempfley, adjunct faculty, Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University; and Tom Patterson, chief trust officer for Unisys, who will discuss highly-innovative cyber education efforts that can help address current and future workforce needs.
"It is essential that the government forge trusted partnerships with industry and academia to help identify, cultivate and hire diverse sources of talent and accelerate the speed and breadth of cyber education necessary for our critical infrastructure protection," Altabef said. "Artificial intelligence, 5G communications, identity management and quantum encryption are undeniably important to the future of cybersecurity, but the technologies are rapidly evolving and markedly different. Through education on these topics and the nurturing of a diverse talent pool, the country will stand at the forefront of cyber innovation."
National Cybersecurity Moonshot and Pillars
Founded in 1982 by President Reagan and an act of Congress, NSTAC is chartered to provide information and advice to the President with respect to national security and emergency preparedness, telecommunications, information and communications services (including emerging technologies, broadband, public safety, communications infrastructure security and resilience and cybersecurity).
The National Cyber Moonshot report features a set of recommendations for a "whole of nation approach" – similar to the one once announced by President Kennedy for "landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth" by the end of the 1960s – for a safer, more resilient use of the Internet to deliver government and critical infrastructure services by 2028.
Education is one of the six pillars outlined in the report as foundational to the moonshot's success, with the other five being Technology, Behavior, Ecosystem, Privacy and Policy. Learn more.
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