Scott Howitt is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO)
at McAfee. He is responsible for McAfee’s corporate systems, leading the
Information Security and IT organizations, and for driving the company’s
cloud transformation. Alignment of technology to company strategy,
partnerships with product and sales teams to ignite innovation, and
positive customer experiences are guiding principles on which Scott and
his teams focus.

Scott joined McAfee from MGM Resorts International, where he served as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and CIO while leading the information security and privacy program for all 27 resorts worldwide. Prior to MGM Resorts, his leadership journey included executive roles at JCPenney, Alliance Data, and Electronic Data Systems (EDS). He was also a Commissioner on Nevada’s DHS Cyber Security Commission and was a founding member and served on the Board of the Retail and Hospitality ISAC.

Scott earned his B.A. in Physics from the University of Texas and attained his CISSP in 2005. In his free time, Scott is a voracious reader and avid hiker, and he enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters.

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Time to Batten the Cyber-Hatches

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Executive Perspectives

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Executive Perspectives

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Executive Perspectives

SOC Health Check: Prescribing XDR for Enterprises 

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