Cheri F. McGuire

Vice President, Global Government Affairs & Cybersecurity Policy, Symantec Corporation

Ms. Cheri McGuire serves as Vice President for Global Government Affairs and Cybersecurity Policy at Symantec. She is responsible for Symantec’s global public policy agenda, including cybersecurity, data integrity, critical infrastructure protection (CIP), and privacy. In this role, she works extensively with industry and government organizations, including serving as Chair of the IT Sector Coordinating Council — one of 18 critical sectors identified by the President and the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to partner with the government on CIP and cybersecurity. She also serves on the board of the IT Information Sharing and Analysis Center. She is a frequent presenter at international events, including testifying before the US Congress in 2011 on CIP and public-private partnerships, speaking at the United Nations Economic and Social Council plenary session on cybersecurity and development in 2011, and presenting at the International Telecommunication Union Plenipotentiary special session on cybersecurity in 2010. Prior to joining Symantec in August 2010, Ms. McGuire served as Director for Critical Infrastructure and Cybersecurity in Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Group, where she focused on advancing public-private critical infrastructure security and resiliency, including risk management, incident response, and information sharing. She also served as Microsoft’s representative to the Industry Executive Subcommittee of the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2008, Ms. McGuire served in numerous positions at DHS, including as Acting Director and Deputy Director of the National Cyber Security Division and US-CERT, where she was responsible for leading the national-level mission for responding to cyber incidents and securing America’s cyber infrastructure. Ms. McGuire provided thought leadership for DHS on national cybersecurity priorities including the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative released by the President in January 2008. She also led the implementation of the 2008 National Cyber Exercise — Cyber Storm II; and served as Head of US Delegation, composed of government and industry members, for official bilateral discussions on cybersecurity with the Government of Japan in 2007. Prior to DHS, she served as a program manager for an international consulting firm for nearly five years, as a manager for a telecommunications infrastructure engineering firm, and as a Congressional staffer for seven years in the U.S. House of Representatives. Ms. McGuire holds an MBA from The George Washington University and a BA from the University of California at Riverside.