Saying Goodbye to Dr. Schneck: With a Heavy Heart, but with Great Anticipation

This is a bittersweet moment for me. McAfee is losing a tremendous talent as Dr. Phyllis Schneck heads to the Department of Homeland Security to take on a critical leadership role in cyber security policy. But our loss is the Department’s gain, and we’re proud to be adding such an excellent resource to the government’s roster.

Phyllis has been vice president and chief technology officer of the public sector at McAfee for four years. As such she’s advised our vibrant public sector business as well as our government affairs team. Her technical expertise is significant, yet she can translate it into terms that most people can readily understand, and she’s able to link cyber security technology and policy in ways that few people can match. These are rare talents, and they’ve helped make her a natural and frequent choice as a congressional witness – a fact for which McAfee is also proud.

Her government service extends even further, however. Phyllis is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Cyber Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA), a partnership between government, law enforcement, and the private sector for information analytics; she’s vice chair of the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board (ISPAB); and she served for eight years as chairman of the National Board of Directors of the FBI’s InfraGard™ program.

So public service is in her DNA – and that’s a good thing, especially now. This is an exceptionally important time for the nation’s cyber security policy/posture, as experts from NIST, DHS and other government entities work with their counterparts in the private sector to build out a cyber security framework and implement the President’s executive order. It’s important that someone with Phyllis’s credentials and attributes help lead these efforts, and that’s why McAfee is honored to relinquish her to these critical national initiatives.

I will miss Phyllis, as will many others who work with her. But it’s gratifying to see that the same trust and faith we placed in Phyllis is shared by the Department of Homeland Security, which has made cyber a priority and further demonstrates it with this appointment. I’m confident that Phyllis’s work here at McAfee has prepared her well for this new challenge.  Phyllis, many thanks for what you’ve done for us here. And best wishes for what you’ll most certainly do for all of us nationally and globally as we continue to fight the good cyber fight.

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