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McAfee’s Phyllis Schneck, Ph.D., named Lattanze Executive of the Year

March 20, 2012 | By Nick Alexopulos

Loyola University Maryland’s Sellinger School of Business and Management will honor Phyllis Schneck, Ph.D., vice president and chief technology officer for global public sector at McAfee Inc., as the 2012 Lattanze Executive of the Year on Thursday, April 19. The event, which takes place from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at Loyola’s Graduate Center–Timonium Campus, will feature Schneck’s address, titled “The Business Plan of the Cyber Adversary,” as well as the award presentation and a cocktail reception.

At McAfee, the world’s largest dedicated security technology company, Schneck is responsible for public sector applications of security and global threat intelligence, automated intelligence, strategic thought leadership around technology and policy in cyber security across global governments as well as telecom and Critical Infrastructure Protection direction.

“Cybersecurity expertise is one of the greatest needs in today’s business environment,” said Karyl B. Leggio, Ph.D., dean of the Sellinger School. “Cyber criminals profit by taking advantage of legitimate enterprises and their actions can be devastating to businesses at any stage of development. Dr. Schneck is a global authority on cyber threat, cybersecurity, and their impact on business, and we are delighted to both honor her as the Lattanze Executive of the Year and to hear her insights on this critical issue.”

For many years, Schneck has had a distinguished presence in the security and infrastructure protection community, most recently on the CSIS Commission to Advise the 44th President on Cyber Security. She is chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Cyber Forensics and Training Alliance, a partnership between corporations, government, and law enforcement. Schneck also serves on the NIST Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board. For eight years, she served as chairman of the National Board of Directors of the private sector side of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s InfraGard program to build relationships nationwide between private sector, law enforcement and government from local to federal.

Named one of Information Security Magazine’s Top 25 Women Leaders in Information Security, Schneck has briefed the governments of Japan, Australia, and Canada on information sharing and infrastructure protection and has worked with United Kingdom infrastructure protection and cybersecurity authorities on U.S. partnership. 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.

Schneck, who received her Ph.D. in computer science from Georgia Tech, holds 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, and completed a term on the Georgia Tech advisory board. She also co-founded the Georgia Tech Information Security Center and the Georgia Electronic Commerce Association’s working group on information security.

The award, established in 1991 and formerly known as the Lattanze CIO of the Year, is presented by Loyola’s David D. Lattanze Center for Information Value. It recognizes leaders who have distinguished themselves in the strategic application of information technology to achieve organizational objectives. The nominating committee consists of senior executives and professors of business in the Baltimore area. Previous recipients have included LaVerne Council of Johnson & Johnson; David Barnes of United Parcel Services; Charles Geshke of Adobe Systems; and David Norton of Caesars Entertainment Corp.

The event is free but reservations are required. To RSVP or for more information, please visit www.loyola.edu/lattanze/award.

The Lattanze Center for Information Value, a nationally recognized center of excellence for issues related to information technology, was formed in 1987 in memory of David D. Lattanze, EMBA ’82. Lattanze, who spent his entire career in the information technology industry, sought to create an educational forum where the information technology, business, and academic communities could gather and exchange problems, ideas, and other subjects of interest. The resulting partnership facilitates information sharing and research among practitioners, executives, and academics on a variety of issues ranging from the business value of IT to information security and IT innovation.

In addition to the Lattanze Center and the Sellinger School of Business and Management, this event is sponsored by System Source, Mind Over Machines, GP Strategies, McCormick & Co., and Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson.

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