Cheri McGuire

VP, Global Affairs and Cybersecurity Policy, Symantec

Cheri McGuire

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 and government engagement strategy, including cybersecurity, data integrity, critical infrastructure protection, and privacy.  She works extensively with industry and government organizations, including serving from 2010 to 2012 as Chair of the US IT Sector Coordinating Council.  She is a member of the Industry Botnet Group; a board member of the Information Technology Industry Council, the TechAmerica Commercial Policy Board, and the US Information Technology Office (USITO) in China; and is a past board member of the IT Information Sharing and Analysis Center.  Ms. McGuire is a frequent presenter, including testifying before the US Congress in 2013 on security, privacy and cybercrime, and speaking at the 2012 Budapest Conference on Cyberspace, the UN Economic and Social Council plenary session on cybersecurity and development in 2011, and the ITU Plenipotentiary special session on cybersecurity in 2010.

Prior to joining Symantec in 2010, Ms. McGuire served as Director for Critical Infrastructure and Cybersecurity in Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Group.  From 2005 to 2008, she served in numerous positions at DHS, including as Acting Director and Deputy Director of the National Cyber Security Division and US-CERT.  In this capacity, she provided thought leadership for DHS on the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative released by the President in January 2008, led the implementation of the 2008 National Cyber Exercise — Cyber Storm II, and was Head of US Delegation for bilateral cybersecurity discussions with 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.  Ms. McGuire holds an MBA and a BA.