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Unisys Chief Trust Officer invites Superintendents to the Cyber-Moonshot Grand Challenge

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National Cyber-Moonshots

Tom Patterson, a global thought leader on trust, a dynamic security executive with Government, corporate, global, and big-four executive experience, as well as public governance gave the 2020 RSA National Cyber-Moonshot Keynote in a panel that is advocating for a fundamentally safe and secure Internet for critical services, characterized by the harnessing of significant technological advances, more strongly aligned incentives and consequences for user behaviors that promote secure choices, cybersecurity policy and education reforms, and a clearer understanding about ecosystem roles and responsibilities in building and operating within a fundamentally safe environment for specific critical services.

The Cyber-Moonshot Panel joining Patterson declared at the RSAConference2020 that 2020 is the optimal time to move the country to more effectively leverage emerging technological capabilities to achieve a fundamentally safe Internet environment. The panel unanimously acknowledged that with the coming advancements in fifth generation (5G) communication technology for vastly increased connectivity and a defensible infrastructure, breakthroughs in artificial and augmented intelligence for more automated cyber threat prevention, behavioral biometrics and trillions of sensors present new opportunities to deliver an entirely new way to identify people and new capabilities in quantum encryption that can resist advanced attacks far into the future. While all of these advancements are already here—both to the United States and our adversaries— a national framework to steer cyber research, development, and deployment toward the common good is necessary lest we risk losing this generational opportunity.

Joining Tom on the Panel was the United States Government in which they jointly announced that the country is increasingly relying on the Internet and digitally connected technologies for its national security, public safety, and economic prosperity. To address this changing landscape, Unisys, a multi-billion dollar global IT company known for building highly secure, modern digital platforms has formed strategic public-private partnerships and now invites K12 school leaders to partner with them to identify, prioritize, coordinate, and accelerate development of technologies that will lead to the creation of an Internet environment that is more trustworthy and capable of  meeting the safety, security, and privacy needs of a modern, hyper-connected critical infrastructure environment. Representative examples of convergences mentioned by Unisys’ Chief Trust Officer, Tom Patterson, included augmented intelligence, quantum communications and quantum resistant cryptography, biometrics, 5G communications, XR and authentication technologies. Through the Cyber-Moonshot Grand Challenge, the Government agreed with Unisys, Aspen Institute and other leading security players on the planet that these technologies can provide the technological foundation for realizing a safer and more secure Internet. As a member of the National Cyber-Moonshot Task Force, Tom Patterson remarked that adversaries are pursuing these same technologies towards their own goals and had a call to action for everyone to invent strong defensive implementations of these emerging technologies. Unisys as a leader in the space provided guidance and suggestions which included guarding against training data poisoning in augmented intelligence, hardware-based vulnerabilities which can be introduced within ecosystem supply chains, and quantum general purpose computers capable of decrypting existing data.

The Cyber Moonshot Strategic Pillars

The  Strategic Pillars construct unveiled at the RSA2020 conference describe broad categories of activity where whole-of-nation, multi-disciplinary action must be organized in pursuit of realizing a fundamentally safe and secure Internet environment that assures trust and resiliency for digitally-connected Government and critical services at a fundamentally superior level relative to the status quo. The Strategic Pillars should be interpreted as reinforcing and cross-dependent rather than separate, independent work streams.



Calling all Educators to Shape the Future of Cyber Moonshots in Education

An interview with the Cyber Moonshots Panel made clear that development and implementation of safe environment enabling technologies will drive a greater demand for qualified practitioners to develop and operate its underlying cybersecurity infrastructure and that an education focus was necessary to achieve a Cyber Moonshot. To accomplish the Whole of Nation, Government and Industry will require an increase in the breadth and depth of K -12 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs that feed Cybersecurity Moonshot Initiative aligned strategic focus areas. The Nation must develop a concerted national strategy to rapidly increase the number of skilled cyber researchers and professionals. These cybersecurity professionals must be capable of fostering the transformative technological breakthroughs most critical to developing and sustaining the safe Internet environment. These breakthroughs must be accomplished in time to support the development, deployment, and cultivation of best practices, especially in the key identified areas such as quantum computing, AI, and 5G.

Educators are invited on May 4th, 2020 at Carnegie Mellon University to shape the future.

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