As vice president of engineering and chief technology officer for Unisys Federal Systems, Mark Cohn leads technology strategy and solution development for major U.S. Federal government programs. He and his team bring innovation to expand the mission impact of IT, design capabilities that enable secure business operations and implement mobility-enabled and cloud-driven enterprise services transformation. Mark represents Unisys for government-industry liaison on Defense Industrial Base cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection and sits on AFCEA International’s Technology Committee serving the defense, homeland security, and intelligence communities.
Prior to his current assignment, Mark served as partner and vice president, Enterprise Security for Unisys globally with responsibility for the vision and management of security solutions and services programs across the company and for directing the Federal Systems enterprise security practice. He led the Unisys global team of experts and became a widely recognized spokesperson on the application of information technology to identification and credentialing, physical security, surveillance, transportation, and border security.
Since joining Unisys in 1985, Mark has served in a broad range of leadership positions including vice president and chief architect for Unisys Global Public Sector where he directed innovations in defense and domestic security. He was technical advisor and program executive at the DoD Counterintelligence Field Activity, program manager for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Registered Traveler pilot, principal architect for the Department of Homeland Security US-VISIT Exit system, and has led other immigration control, border security, and biometric identity management initiatives. Prior to that, he managed the transition to Unisys of IT Production Support at the Executive Office of the President and architected the technical solution for the TSA Information Technology Managed Services contract as well as several interagency law enforcement biometric and biographical information sharing systems. In 2001, Mark was chief architect for modernizing Unisys health care solutions to move from mainframe to Wintel servers and comply with HIPAA regulations. From 1997 through 2000, he was general manager of the architecture and software development practice of Federal Systems, managing Unisys e-government solutions and a $25M/year portfolio of programs from sales through service delivery at the Federal Aviation Administration, Military Health Service, National Guard Bureau, Public Buildings Service, and the Departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Education.
Mark is an expert in the design and implementation of trustworthy, highly available distributed systems. He began his career at Unisys as a senior systems programmer on fault-tolerant systems used for aviation infrastructure management and was the principal designer and chief engineer for nationwide maint3enance management and system monitor and control capabilities, including electronic and environmental sensor management and signaling, that are essential to air traffic control and have proven to be among the most reliable systems ever put into operation.
Mark was educated at MIT, the University of Maryland in College Park, and American University in Washington DC including a graduate certificate in management information systems and master’s degree in management of technology. He has received the highest Unisys engineering achievement award as well as the company’s top global sales award and was honored in 2013 with the prestigious Federal 100 Award recognizing significant contributions to Federal information technology. He has been a Certified Computer Programmer and is currently a Certified Information Security Manager, Certified Biometrics Professional, and Project Management Professional. He resides in Washington DC.