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Robots, hackers, 5G, and more: How tech is transforming our world with Booz Allen CEO

April 7, 2021

Robots, hackers, 5G, and more: How tech is transforming our world with Booz Allen CEO

Horacio Rozanski

President & CEO, Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.

Willy Walker and Horacio Rozanski dive into a wide range of topics from 5G to navigating the current cyber climate.

The world is rapidly transforming around us, and few people are playing a more prominent role in the transformation than Booz Allen Hamilton CEO Horacio Rozanski.  

In the latest Walker Webcast, Willy Walker and Horacio dive into a wide range of topics from the military's application of artificial intelligence, the potential of 5G, navigating the current cyber climate, and Booz Allen Hamilton's role in protecting U.S. interests.

 

With over 27,600 clients, Booz Allen is committed to implementing long-lasting, sustainable technology to better the world across all fields - ranging from healthcare to international development - with a dedicated team of engineers, software developers, scientists, and technologists. Horacio is not only the President and CEO of Booz Allen, but also Chairman of the Board of Directors for Children’s National Medical Center, and an active member of a number of committees including the Board of Directors at Marriott International and CARE.

Born in Argentina, Horacio discusses how he came to the United States in pursuit of the American dream. He attended the University of Wisconsin and received an M.B.A. degree from the University of Chicago. Joining Booz Allen in 1991, his values are in strong alignment with the firm’s mission of being of service to their clients by addressing barriers to their success. Ultimately, Horacio and Booz Allen are committed to impacting the world in a way that will positively affect change.

In the first half of the episode, Horacio shares with Willy his own story of facing a cybersecurity breach in the form of tax fraud and how that experience has informed his work today. As a result, Horacio has identified 3 key factors that he believes allow him to best meet client’s needs based on the most relevant issues of cybersecurity today. He answers Willy’s questions about some of the biggest obstacles Booz Allen faces in their work and states that one challenge is creating technology that is adaptable across all contexts as each mission they take on has different and ever-changing requirements for the work. 

The conversation then shifts to how Booz Allen has been able to adapt during the COVID-19 pandemic and what Horacio’s predictions are for the future of remote work. They then segue into specific areas that Booz Allen specializes in such as robotics, AI, space command, and the development of 5G networks and what impact they could have on our future security and technological advances. 

The episode wraps up with Horacio providing advice to listeners on how to best combat Ransomware and other cyber-attacks by playing defense rather than offense. By operating with a mindset that the adversaries are already within the system, companies can implement protections that can most effectively respond to and prevent future attacks. Horacio departs today’s episode by explaining the personal connection he has to his work. For Horacio, what is most important is having the opportunity to be part of something bigger than himself and his hope for the future is to leave it better than he found it. 

Links:

Learn more about Horacio Rozanski by visiting his bio webpage.
Learn more about Booz Allen Hamilton by visiting their company website.
Purchase the book recommended by Willy, Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know by Adam Grant.
Purchase the book recommended by Horacio, Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations by Thomas L. Friedman. 
Connect with Horacio Rozanski on LinkedIn
Learn more about Willy Walker and connect with him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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