Phyllis Schneck appointed Northrop VP, CISO

Northrop Grumman Corporation announced on October 3 that it has appointed Phyllis Schneck vice president and chief information security officer effective Oct. 14. Schneck will report to Shawn Purvis, corporate vice president and president, Northrop Grumman Enterprise Services.

In this role, Schneck will oversee Falls Church, VA-based Northrop Grumman’s global cybersecurity strategy and policies, and will be responsible the security of the company’s products, services and infrastructures.

“Phyllis’ extensive experience as a senior leader in many government and private-sector cybersecurity positions will contribute greatly to Northrop Grumman’s capabilities in support of our nation’s military and its global security mission,” said Purvis.

Most recently, Schneck led the cybersecurity practice at Promontory, an IBM company. Previously, she served as the deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity and communications for the Department of Homeland Security, where she led responses to cybersecurity threats against corporations, civilians and the government. During this time, she led the defensive cybersecurity operational mission to mitigate and respond to cyber threats across the federal civilian government and private sector.

Schneck also served as chief technology officer for the global public sector at McAfee, where she was responsible for products and services used by governments to counter global cyberthreats and maintain industrial and telecommunications security.

Schneck was a member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency. She was chairman of the board of directors of the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance, and vice chairman of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s advisory board on information security and privacy. Schneck also served for eight years as national chairman of the board of directors of the FBI’s public-private InfraGard program. She holds several information-security and technology patents.

Schneck holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology, as well as both a master’s degree in computer science and a bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics from The Johns Hopkins University.

Source: Northrop Grumman