Dr. Phyllis Schneck serves as the Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD). She is the chief cybersecurity official for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and supports its mission of strengthening the security and resilience of the nation's critical infrastructure.
Schneck came to DHS from McAfee, Inc., where she was Chief Technology Officer for Global Public Sector. She was responsible for the technical vision for products and service for public sector as well as global threat intelligence, industrial control system security and telecom strategy. She has served as a Commissioner on public-private partnership, and a working group Chair for the CSIS Commission to Advise the 44th President on Cybersecurity. Before joining McAfee, Schneck was vice president of Research Integration for Secure Computing, where she conceived and built the early intelligence practice into a full Beta program for data as a service. Prior, Schneck was the vice president Enterprise Services for eCommSecurity. Prior to that, she served as vice president of Corporate Strategy for SecureWorks, Inc., and was founder and chief executive officer of Avalon Communications, a provider of real-time security technology, since acquired by SecureWorks, Inc. Schneck also held various information science technical positions with CygnaCom Solutions, the MITRE Corporation, Computer Sciences Corporation, IBM Systems Integration Division, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the University Of Maryland's Department of Meteorology.