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Speaker Bios: McAfee Threat Report Briefing Discussions in D.C. – First Event June 3

By on May 31, 2013

I’m pleased to present the two panelists who will be leading our briefing on Monday, June 3. The value of this event will be not only in the report itself but also in the perspective and insights the speakers bring to it. Brent Conran is CSO and Phyllis Schneck CTO-Public Sector of the world’s largest dedicated security technology company. Without further ado…








Brent Conran

Chief Security Officer, McAfee

Brent Conran is the CSO at McAfee, Inc., the world’s largest dedicated security technology company. Long a champion of cyber security, his in-depth knowledge of both technology and business helps him drive and manage organization-wide information security programs aligned with business strategies. Conran engages and educates stakeholders, finding ways to mitigate and reduce risk while balancing security and business needs which enhances the McAfee brand.  Responsible for safeguarding the company’s assets, intellectual property, and computer systems, he works closely with McAfee employees and executives, government agencies and local, state, and federal law enforcement to ensure optimum security.

Conran brings a unique combination of pragmatism and practicality based on years of experience in business, government and financial services. Before joining McAfee, Conran held dual responsibilities as both the Chief Information Officer and the Chief Information Security Officer for the US House of Representatives, where he managed the IT operations necessary to facilitate a robust computing environment for the Members of Congress. Earlier he served as Security Officer/Architect for Merrill Lynch Private Client Group and for J.P. Morgan. He has worked as a white hat hacker with CSC Hack Pack, and was instrumental in evolving the SEA Sparrow Missile WAN for NATO.

In 2010, Conran received the Uptime Institute Green Enterprise IT award for IT Innovation. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Towson University and has earned numerous certifications in the security industry, including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), and Checkpoint Certified Security Expert (CCSE).




Dr. Phyllis Schneck
VP & CTO, Global Public Sector, McAfee

Dr. Phyllis A. Schneck is Vice President and CTO of McAfee’s Global Public Sector business. In this role, she is responsible for the technical vision for public sector applications of security and global threat intelligence, strategic thought leadership around technology and policy in cyber security, and leading McAfee initiatives in adaptive security and intelligence in networks for critical infrastructure protection and cross-sector cyber security.

For more than 14 years, Schneck has had a distinguished presence in the security and infrastructure protection community, most recently as a Commissioner and a working group Co-Chair on public-private partnership, and a working group Chair on Network Situational Awareness for the CSIS Commission to Advise the 44th President on Cyber Security. Schneck recently Co-Chaired the Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Congress and is leading the follow-up effort for the first global strategic plan for CIP. Schneck is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Cyber Forensics and Training Alliance, a partnership between corporations, government and law enforcement for cyber analysis to combat international cyber crime. Schneck also serves on the NIST Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board. Schneck was recently named the Loyola University Maryland David D. Lattanze Center 2012 Executive of the Year.

Schneck served for eight years as chairman of the National Board of Directors of the FBI’s InfraGard program and founding president of InfraGard Atlanta, growing the InfraGard program from 2000 to over 30,000 members nationwide. In this role, she was primarily responsible for the strategic growth and vision of the private sector side of the InfraGard Program, and for growing the relationship between InfraGard and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through several Directorates. Schneck was chiefly responsible for the first Memorandum of Understanding between DHS and InfraGard and for engaging DHS officials with all local InfraGard Chapters nationwide. She was also responsible for creating the first overall InfraGard strategic plan in 2002, and represented InfraGard in the creation of National Policy, such as the National Infrastructure Protection Plan. Named one of Information Security Magazine’s Top 25 Women Leaders in Information Security, Schneck briefed the governments of Japan, Australia and Canada by invitation on information sharing and infrastructure protection, has worked with the UK infrastructure protection and cyber security authorities on US partnership, and was the moderator of the White House Town Hall Meeting in Atlanta for the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace in June of 2002.

She holds three patents in high-performance and adaptive information security, and has six research publications in the areas of information security, real-time systems, telecom and software engineering.

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 and managed the IP portfolio for the entire email security and intelligence suite. 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 that was 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.

Schneck received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech, and pioneered the field of information security and security-based high-performance computing at Georgia Tech. She maintains a seat on the Advisory Board of the Johns Hopkins University Department of Computer Science, served on the Steering Committee for the Sam Nunn Information Security Forum as well as a term on the Georgia Tech Advisory Board, and cofounded the Georgia Tech Information Security Center and the Georgia Electronic Commerce Association’s Working Group on Information Security.