July 07, 2015 11:00 ET

Department of Homeland Security Chief Cybersecurity Officer to Keynote at AppSec USA 2015

Phyllis Schneck to Discuss the State of Security Between Government and Private Sector at Leading AppSec Conference in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Jul 7, 2015) - The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), the worldwide nonprofit organization focused on improving the security of software, today announced deputy under secretary for cybersecurity for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), the chief cybersecurity official for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Phyllis Schneck as the third keynote for AppSec USA 2015. The four-day security conference in San Francisco focuses on new research in application, DevOps and cloud security that will be the home for the world's leading experts in Web applications from Sept. 22-25. Schneck will speak on the security landscape facing Web applications today as well as what both businesses and the government are planning and doing to keep their assets safe.

"It's evident, advanced security threats are impacting both commercial and government organizations as we recently saw with the recent OPM breach. As a result, OWASP's mission to elevate the topic of software security into top business and government conversations has never been more important," said OWASP Global Board Member and Twitter TISO Michael Coates. "We are thrilled to feature Dr. Phyllis Schneck in our keynote lineup of trusted industry experts and can't wait to hear what she has to say on the threat landscape web applications are facing today and what developers, researchers and executives can do to keep them safe."

DHS Chief Cybersecurity Officer Phyllis Schneck: As deputy under secretary for cybersecurity and communications for the NPPD, Schneck is the chief cybersecurity official for the Department of Homeland Security and supports its mission of strengthening the security and resilience of the nation's critical infrastructure.

One of Information Security Magazine's Top 25 Women Leaders in Information Security, Schneck has briefed various foreign governments on information sharing and infrastructure protection, has worked on a U.S. partnership with the U.K. infrastructure protection and cybersecurity authorities, and moderated the White House Town Hall Meeting in Atlanta for the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace. She holds seven information security patents and has six research publications in the areas of information security, real-time systems, telecom and software engineering.

Schneck was previously McAfee, Inc. chief technology officer for global public sector, and served eight years as chairman of the National Board of Directors of the FBI's Infragrad program. Before McAfee, she was service 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.

Schneck joins keynotes Alex Stamos, Facebook CSO, and Troy Hunt, author and Microsoft MVP, along with security experts contributing to a number of sessions focused on application, DevOps and cloud security (a full list of talks can be found here).

To participate in AppSec USA 2015, please register here. Discounted prices are available for early bird purchase. For more information about AppSec USA 2015, please visit the website.

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