October 10, 2002
Some of America's most powerful figures from government, industry and academia met Wednesday in Pittsburgh to chart a course for cooperation to help combat terrorism. Corporate leaders included C. Michael Armstrong, chairman of AT&T Corp.; Raymond V. Gilmartin, chairman of Merck & Co. Inc.; F. Duane Ackerman, chairman of BellSouth Corp. . .From academia, attendees included the leaders of Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, Purdue University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. . . AT&T's Armstrong said the most imminent terrorist threat to America, its corporations and institutions is from attacks on information technology and communications infrastructure. "We've got to look at cyber-security with the same seriousness we look at the rest of our organization," Armstrong told a group of corporate and government leaders at the Omni William Penn Hotel, Downtown, which hosted the Symposium on Security and Productivity sponsored by the Council on Competitiveness and Carnegie Mellon University.