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Dr. Phyllis Schneck

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Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • National Executive Board
  • Founder
    Information Security


  • Ph.D. , computer science
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Then the FBI cloned it, says Phyllis Schneck, chairman of the board of directors of the InfraGard National Members Alliance, and the prime mover behind the growth of InfraGard over the last several years.
Schneck, who by day is the vice president of research integration at
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Phyllis Schneck, the co-chairman of the InfraGard executive board, said that if an online attack takes place a business will benefit from knowing which FBI agents to contact."The people that you want to call, the people you want to contact, are the ones you trust," Schneck told about 200 attendees at the InfoWarCon conference.
SecureWorks, 12 July 2000 [cached]
July 12, 2000 - Dr. Phyllis Schneck, SecureWorks Executive, Named President of Atlanta Chapter of InfraGardSecureWorks
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Dr. Phyllis Schneck, SecureWorks Executive, Named President of Atlanta Chapter of InfraGard
FBI-established effort fosters information exchange between the business community, academic institutions, and government agencies to combat cyber crime.
(ATLANTA) - July 12, 2000 - A local security expert has been chosen to lead Atlanta's participation in an FBI-sponsored national initiative to fight cyber crime.Dr. Phyllis Schneck, vice president of high-speed access at SecureWorks, has been appointed president of the Atlanta chapter of InfraGard.
InfraGard was established by the FBI to coordinate and promote the sharing of cyber crime information among private enterprises, law enforcement agencies and educational institutions.The effort marks a fresh approach to the crime prevention aspects of law enforcement in which the FBI builds relationships with businesses before they become crime victims.The Atlanta InfraGard chapter joins a national network of operating chapters in such cities as Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C.
Dr. Schneck began her association with the FBI while co-founding the Information Security Working Group (part of the Georgia Electronic Commerce Association) while working at the Georgia Institute of Technology's Information Security Center.She sees her participation in InfraGard as a natural extension of her role as an executive at SecureWorks, a provider of 24 x 7 Internet security monitoring and response services.
"We've just begun to understand the enormous challenges that businesses and institutions face in defending themselves against cyber crime, and it's rewarding for me to work with professionals at the front lines through both SecureWorks and InfraGard," says Schneck."One role involves delivering a specific solution to businesses, and the other provides a platform to build a foundation of security knowledge to share among the general community.Both types of activity are essential in combating this new breed of civic and economic crime - computer crime."
Harold W. Phipps, FBI special agent, computer and economic espionage investigation and Atlanta InfraGard coordinator, notes that Schneck is well-suited to her professional roles.
"Phyllis was among the very first people to completely devote their technical expertise to Internet security issues," he says."We are fortunate to have her lead the Atlanta InfraGard chapter as it prepares to serve its community and our growing national network."
About InfraGard
InfraGard is the information-sharing program of the FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC).NIPC was established by the President of the United States in 1998 as a national security and law enforcement effort to assist in the prevention, detection, containment, and investigation of computer intrusions and unlawful acts that threaten or target critical infrastructures.
SC Magazine, 17 Mar 2004 [cached]
Marcia Savage asks Phyllis Schneck, InfraGard's national chair, how an FBI pilot project developed into a collaborative group of more than 10,000 enthusiastic members who donate their time and energy to defend the nation's cyberspace
When someone asked her friend if he'd heard of "this thing called InfraGard," Phyllis Schneck was thrilled.As chair of InfraGard's national executive board, Schneck believes the random question shows that the organization is on its way to fulfilling her ambition for it to become a household name.
Since its inception in 1996 as an FBI pilot project in Cleveland, Ohio, InfraGard has grown into a national entity dedicated to sharing information between private industry and the U.S. government in order to protect the nation's critical infrastructures.InfraGard has around 10,700 members and 79 chapters across the country.
While there have been many changes since InfraGard laid out its strategic plan in 2001 - such as the creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - Schneck believes the group has moved a long way towards meeting its goals.SC Magazine caught up with her to talk about the group's accomplishments, objectives and challenges ahead.
Back in 2001, much of Infra-Gard's information-sharing strategy revolved around working with the FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC).With the creation of DHS, NIPC last year was transitioned to the Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection (IAIP) directorate, which is charged with identifying and assessing threat information, issuing warnings and taking protective action.But the FBI and InfraGard's private-sector members worked to keep InfraGard as an FBI program, recalls Schneck.InfraGard's chapters are centered around FBI field offices.
"We didn't want to disrupt the trust and relationships that were being built nationwide," says Schneck, who started with InfraGard in 2000 as founding president of the Atlanta chapter.She was elected national chair in 2002, and was re-elected last June.She says InfraGard plans to receive information analysis from DHS and is meeting with IAIP leaders to "determine the best fit for InfraGard within the infrastructure protection architecture being created."
The creation of DHS hasn't affected InfraGard's operations, maintains Schneck, who has a Ph.D. in computer science."The migration of NIPC over to DHS IAIP has opened up a whole new world of opportunity," she says.
"We're focusing on how we work with the different agencies, so we can truly define working together," says Schneck."Many people use the phrase 'working together,' but we are actually trying to do it."She adds that InfraGard is a pioneer in private- and public-sector collaboration.
The size and demographics of InfraGard's membership have put it in the ideal position to achieve the goal it set out in 2001 of becoming the designated private-sector group to partner with the government on information sharing, contends Schneck.The volunteer organization's membership has more than doubled in the past three years.
"InfraGard is the only private-sector organization with outreach that ranges from Fortune 500 executives to medium and small businesses," she says.
Withers also praises Schneck's leadership, which he says provided much-needed stability during NIPC's transition to DHS.
In addition to shepherding InfraGard through a changing federal landscape, Schneck also led InfraGard's global efforts, travelling with Hovington to Tokyo last year to address the Japanese government on information sharing.
Looking forward, Schneck says InfraGard plans to reach out to more small and medium businesses and make sure that it has its organizational structure in place in order to establish partnerships with other agencies.Another high priority for the group is information exchange with DHS and the various industry sector Information Sharing and Analysis Centers (ISACs).
Challenges on the road ahead
There are plenty of challenges ahead for InfraGard, acknowledges Schneck.She acknowledges that setting up an architecture so 10,000 people can get timely and accurate information while maintaining the integrity of the organization - "letting it grow big enough and yet keeping it a special population" - is no small task.
With so many groups focused on critical infrastructure protection and information sharing, marketing is another challenge, says Schneck."We are very, very different," she asserts, adding that InfraGard strongly discourages vendor sales pitches at meetings.
Security boils down to implementing a culture in business - one that views security as a business enabler and assigns companies responsibility for protecting their assets, advises Schneck.
"Homeland security is going to help with that by providing as much information as it possibly can, but it really is up to us in the private sector to use that information and to help [DHS] help us," she says.
Intacta - Press Room, 20 Feb 2001 [cached]
Intacta's high-level software development components will allow us to deliver secure and effective pervasive computing applications more quickly , said Dr. Phyllis Schneck , Vice_President of Broadband Security at SecureWorks.
The companies intend to announce specific products intended for the wireless and pervasive markets during the second quarter.Intacta is currently shipping enabling technology for the Logistics , Supply Chain , Publishing and Customer_Service industries.
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