McAfee CTO headed for federal cybersecurity role

Summary:McAfee must be in the process of looking for a new chief technology officer now too.


There's a bit of a swap going on between Silicon Valley and the Capitol this week.

Phyllis Schneck, who currently serves as chief technology officer and vice president for McAfee, has been appointed Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD).


The program falls within the collective of the Department for Homeland Security.

Since taking the CTO gig in 2009, Schneck has been responsible for overseeing McAfee's public sector business and the government affairs team.

Prior to her tenure at McAfee, Schneck has held various senior and information science positions at the likes of IBM, NASA, and the University of Maryland, among elsewhere.

Schneck also currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Cyber Forensics and Training Alliance, a partnership between corporations, government and law enforcement set up to combat international cyber crime.

She has also served as the Chairman of the NIST Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board for identifying emerging safeguard issues relative to information security and privacy.

In a memo published on Monday morning, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano didn't go into too many specifics as to what will be on Schneck's plate once she arrives, except that she will help "create a safe, secure and resilient cyber environment and promote cybersecurity knowledge and innovation."

McAfee has not announced anything about Schneck's successor just yet.

Image via McAfee

Topics: Government : US, Legal, Security, Tech Industry


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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