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November 2017, Vol. 19, No. 9

From the White House to IBM Watson technology with Phyllis Schneck

Phyllis Schneck is a managing director at Promontory Financial Group, the regulatory consulting company IBM acquired in 2016. Schneck joined Promontory in early 2017 after working for the Obama administration. She was formerly deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity and communications in the Department of Homeland Security's National Protection and Programs Directorate, where she focused on work with private companies. Prior to that position, she was a vice president and CTO at McAfee. Marcus Ranum caught up with Schneck to talk about her early years in computer science, space odyssey with her influential father, who worked for NASA, and why understanding fundamental algorithms -- think IBM Watson technology -- may be in your future. How did you get pulled into the technical track? Phyllis Schneck: My dad was a NASA computer scientist. My earliest memories are that he did operating systems for the Apollo. We were living in New York, and his office was at the Goddard Space Studies Institute above Tom's diner. He would bring home ...

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