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Report: McAfee’s Phyllis Schneck Emerges As Potential DHS Cyber Undersecretary

DHSlogoPhyllis Schneck, McAfee vice president and chief technology officer for the public sector, has emerged as a possible candidate to head cyber operations at the Department of Homeland Security, The Hill newspaper reported Monday.

Jennifer Martinez, citing two sources, writes Schneck is the most likely choice to succeed Mark Weatherford as DHS deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity, a role that involves overseeing the agency’s efforts to secure federal networks and its alliance with private-sector organizations.

The report said the names of Tiffany Jones of Symantec and Debora Plunkett of the National Security Agency were floated as potential candidates for the post earlier this year.

According to the paper, security experts have been urging DHS to appoint a successor with close ties to the technology community.

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