Speaker: Peter Altabef, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Unisys

Topic: NSTAC Cyber Moonshot

Echoing the clarity of mission, bold initiative, and empowering language of John F. Kennedy’s national challenge to send a man to the Moon before the end of the decade, in 2018, NSTAC (National Secure Telecommunications Advisory Committee), a presidential advisory committee, proposed a simple but necessary goal: Make the Internet safe and secure for critical infrastructure within ten years. Unisys Chairman and CEO Peter Altabef co-chaired the year-long process with former Palo Alto CEO Mark McLaughlin, enlisting the expertise of visionaries from across industry, government and academia.

Delivered to the White House in November, 2018, the NSTAC “Cyber Moonshot” initiative describes the whole-of-nation requirements required to achieve its audacious goals, including how such ambitious initiatives require not just buy in from academia, private industry and government, but are reliant upon discrete pillars: Beyond just technology, equal focus must be shed upon education, public policy, privacy, and human behavior, all tied together by a comprehensive ecosystem.

During this one-hour session, Altabef will go into detail about the origins and goals of the Cyber Moonshot, the history of Grand Challenges and how they have worked in the past, and describe current and future activities – and how citizens can get involved.



Peter A. Altabef has served as chairman of the board of Unisys Corporation since April 2018, and as president and CEO of Unisys since January 2015. Prior to joining Unisys, Peter served as president and CEO of MICROS Systems, Inc., as president and CEO of Perot Systems Corporation and as president of Dell Services, the information technology services and business process solutions unit of Dell.

Peter is a member of the boards of directors of EastWest Institute and NiSource Inc. He is a member of the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) and has served as co-chair of its Cybersecurity Moonshot subcommittee. He is the 2019 recipient of the Federal 100 Industry Eagle Award.

Peter has served as senior advisor to 2M Companies, Inc. and as a director of MICROS Systems, Inc., Perot Systems Corporation and Belo Corp.

His professional activities have included membership on the Americas International Advisory Council of the International Business Leaders Forum and the advisory board of the Institute for Law and Technology of the Center for American and International Law.

His community service activities have included membership on the board of governors of the Dallas Symphony Association, the associates' board of Children's Medical Center Dallas, the board of advisors of Dallas Children's Theater, the Technology Committee of the Highland Park Independent School Board, the advisory board of the Dallas Museum of Natural History and as co-chairman of the American Heart Association Heart Walk Dallas.

Peter received a J.D. degree from The University of Chicago Law School, and a B.A. degree in economics from Binghamton University, SUNY.


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