Report: McAfee Public Sector CTO Phyllis Schneck to be Named DHS Cyber Undersecretary

Phyllis Schneck - McAfee, ExecutiveMosaicThe Department of Homeland Security will nominate Phyllis Schneck, public sector chief technology officer at McAfee, to serve as deputy undersecretary of cybersecurity, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

Danny Yadron writes Schneck will oversee DHS’ programs for protecting U.S. networks from local and international hackers.

She also would join DHS at a time when it is deciding how to implement President Barack Obama’s executive order on building up the country’s cybersecurity posture.

Schneck, a 14-year security industry veteran, served eight years as chairman of the national board of directors for the FBI‘s InfraGard program, which works to facilitate information sharing on cyber threats between the public and private sectors.

She will succeed Bruce McConnell, who announced his departure from DHS  in July after taking the role on an acting basis in April.

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