White House Names Former McAfee CTO Phyllis Schneck As DHS Cybersecurity Exec

Posted Aug 19, 2013

The Obama administration has named Phyllis Schneck as the Department of Homeland Security’s cyber-security head.  Schneck used to be the vice president and chief technology officer for the public sector at Intel subsidiary McAfee.  Schneck will be starting in early September as the deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity.  The Department of Homeland Security is known for protecting U.S. networks from hackers.

Schneck will be replacing cybersecurity veteran Mark Weatherford.  Weatherford had the job for under 18 months and left this past April.  Weatherford’s interim replacement Bruce McConnell left last month.

?We have strengthened partnerships with the private sector to secure cyber networks and protect physical assets,? said outgoing DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano in a written statement. ?I am confident that Phyllis will continue these efforts, and build upon the foundations laid by her predecessors, to create a safe, secure and resilient cyber environment and promote cybersecurity knowledge and innovation.?

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[Source: WSJ]