White House Taps McAfee CTO for Cybersecurity Post

The Obama administration officially tapped a senior executive at the computer-security giant McAfee to be the Department of Homeland Security’s top cybersecurity official.

Phyllis Schneck, a vice president and chief technology officer for the public sector at McAfee, a unit of Intel, will start in early September as the deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity, a DHS official said. Homeland Security takes a leading role in protecting U.S. networks from foreign and domestic hackers.

She steps into a position that has had an active revolving door lately. Her predecessor, cybersecurity veteran Mark Weatherford, stayed in the job for less than 18 months and left in April. His interim replacement, Bruce McConnell, announced his departure in July.

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