McAfee CTO headed for federal cybersecurity role

McAfee CTO headed for federal cybersecurity role

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

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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).

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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.

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

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  • Right...

    Let's see, McAfee has made it's coins writing virus protection for an OS fulla holes, that GovCo insists on buying, at taxpayer's expense. And now, that is considered a plus? Wow! Just wow!
    wayward4now
    • Windows? Very secure since Windows 7

      Your info is 4 years out of date. Windows 7 is arguably more secure than Mac OS or Linux.

      The only reason Windows is still the main target is because it's on 90% of all desktops and laptops. Why would anyone bother to write viruses for anything but the biggest market possible?

      OSX's market share is small, and is now shrinking - sales are falling faster than Windows.
      james.faction
  • Right...

    Let's see, McAfee has made it's coins writing virus protection for an OS fulla holes, that GovCo insists on buying, at taxpayer's expense. And now, that is considered a plus? Wow! Just wow!
    wayward4now
  • Revolving door between business and govt

    anyone who thinks that there is any real separation between corporate America and Federal Govt is deluding themselves...
    james.faction