McAfee Public Policy

Accelerating cybersecurity for people, businesses, and governments worldwide

Working to drive worldwide cybersecurity innovation

McAfee is one of the world’s leading independent cybersecurity companies. Inspired by the power of working together, McAfee creates business and consumer solutions that make the world a safer place. By building solutions that work with other industry products, McAfee helps businesses orchestrate truly integrated cyber environments, where protection, detection, and correction of threats happen simultaneously and collaboratively. By protecting consumers across all their devices, we secure their digital lifestyle at home and away. By working with other cybersecurity players, we are leading the effort to unite against state-sponsored actors, cybercriminals, hacktivists, and other disruptors for the benefit of all. McAfee is focused on accelerating ubiquitous protection against security risks for people, businesses, and governments worldwide.

McAfee is committed to engaging with policy makers and other stakeholders to enable a world where cybersecurity is so consistent, reliable, and effective that it becomes a trusted foundation in our lives—like clean air and water.

Our areas of focus

Diversity and inclusion

McAfee is firmly committed to driving diversity in all shapes and forms. Diversity makes us smarter, more creative, and innovative. McAfee believes that diverse teams’ insights and leadership styles create more opportunities for real innovation, creativity, and strategic thinking. Diversity invites different perspectives and experiences, and makes all of us all stronger while adding significant value to our company and solutions.

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Cybersecurity skills shortage

To solve the most complex security challenges that organizations face today, industry, government, and academia must substantially increase the number of cybersecurity professionals in the workforce. Barriers to entering the field must be eliminated, and educational opportunities must be increased to ensure that talented people from diverse backgrounds have opportunities to fill the growing IT and cybersecurity talent deficit. To help compensate for the lack of skilled professionals, automated solutions must become more sophisticated.

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Open cybersecurity platforms

For far too long, cybersecurity vendors have hesitated to open up their interfaces and allow their competitors the ability to provide valuable capabilities that integrate directly with their own. Customers would like to be able to construct their cyber defenses using best-of-breed products that are interoperable, but the extreme difficulty of integration has made that aim extremely resource-intensive and costly. It is time for the open platform model to become the norm. In this model, proprietary technologies work together cooperatively in an open architecture, giving customers the ability to update solutions as needed when new threats are on the horizon and acknowledging that no one vendor alone can solve every problem.

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Privacy

For technology to be effective, individuals and corporations must be able to trust it. McAfee believes that trust in the integrity of systems—whether a corporate firewall or a child’s mobile phone—is essential to enabling people to get the most value from their technologies. Fundamental to that trust is privacy and the protection of personal data. McAfee is committed to protecting customers, consumers, and employees.

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Information sharing

Threat information is the lifeblood of cyber defense. McAfee supports robust, real-time information sharing of threat data to help protect citizens and organizations from cyberattacks. McAfee has an extensive background in sharing cyber threat information as founding members of the Cyber Threat Alliance and the No More Ransom project. We actively share threat information through our products and our industry and governmental partnerships. We believe Together is Power.

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Public-private partnerships

McAfee believes that collaboration in cybersecurity is the best way to defeat cyberattackers and secure our networks, data, infrastructure, and even lives. We believe that strong, voluntary public-private partnerships are the best path forward to solve the grand cybersecurity challenges we face. These partnerships promote trust and innovation and are far better suited to produce long-term success than overly restrictive and trust-eroding government mandates and regulations.

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Critical infrastructure

McAfee is dedicated to making the connected world more secure. The destruction or incapacitation of physical and/or information-based infrastructures from natural disasters, cyberattacks, or other means could cause great harm to citizens, companies, and governments. The challenge of protecting critical information systems and networks is global. It is therefore essential to approach the challenge of protecting global critical information infrastructure by adopting effective international strategies and solutions. As part of our dedication to serving the interests of our customers, we take an active interest, and seek to influence, the public policy environments in which our customers and prospects operate as part of a larger, win-win strategy.

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Immigration

McAfee depends on employees who are highly skilled in the areas of STEM to generate innovative products and serve our customers’ growing security needs. Our first choice is always to hire well-qualified U.S. workers. However, in unique situations when we are unable to hire qualified American talent, we use the H-1B program to meet our employment needs. That’s why we support the industry position calling for a market-based approach that lets employers decide what kind of workers they need.

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International trade

As McAfee’s business is global, modernizing customs and trade procedures are important to us. We depend upon the ability to move products across international borders quickly, cost effectively, and with minimal burdens. McAfee believes in robust free trade agreements (FTAs), which open foreign markets and level the playing field for U.S. businesses.

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Partnering with industry

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Coalition for Cybersecurity Policy & Law

The mission of the coalition is to promote a vibrant and robust cybersecurity ecosystem, support the development and adoption of cybersecurity innovations, and encourage organizations of all sizes to take steps to improve their cybersecurity.

Cyber Threat Alliance

The Cyber Threat Alliance (CTA) is a group of cybersecurity practitioners from organizations that have chosen to work together in good faith to share threat information for the purpose of improving defenses against advanced cyber adversaries across member organizations and their customers.

Information Technology Industry Council

The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) is the premier advocacy and policy organization for the world's leading innovation companies. ITI represents companies on the cutting edge of technology, and its mission is to promote the global competitiveness of our member companies through tech-friendly public policy.

Digital Dialogue Forum

The Digital Dialogue Forum (DDF) is a non-partisan public policy coalition of world-leading technology companies. Its mission is to enhance U.S. innovation and global competitiveness through high-level dialogue between business and government leaders. DDF provides a unique and effective platform to collaborate with policymakers, share industry concerns, build relationships and consensus, and advance good public policies to foster innovation and economic growth in the United States.

Cyber, Space & Intelligence Association

Cyber, Space & Intelligence Association was founded in early 2011 to provide an environment for a vital flow of ideas between national security thought leaders in government, industry, and Congress, by focusing on cybersecurity, military space, and intelligence challenges and opportunities.

National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee

Meeting our nation’s critical national security and emergency preparedness challenges demands attention to many issues. Among these, none could be more important than the availability and reliability of telecommunication services. The mission of the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) is to provide the U.S. government the best possible industry advice in these areas. Chris Young, McAfee’s CEO, is a member of this advisory committee.

Information Technology Sector Coordinating Council

The Information Technology Sector Coordinating Council (IT SCC) serves as the principal entity for coordinating with the government on a wide range of critical infrastructure protection and cybersecurity activities and issues. The IT SCC brings together companies, associations, and other key IT sector participants, to work collaboratively with the Department of Homeland Security, government agencies, and other industry partners. Through this collaboration, the IT SCC works to facilitate a secure, resilient, and protected global information infrastructure

Congressional testimony

Steve Grobman

May 17, 2018

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WAYS AND MEANS SUBCOMMITTEE ON SOCIAL SECURITY: Hearing on Securing Americans’ Identities: The Future of the Social Security Number

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Joe Bernik

May 15, 2018

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES, SUBCOMMITTEE ON TERRORISM AND ILLICIT FINANCE ON "MONETIZATION OF STOLEN FINANCIAL AND OTHER DATA"

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Thomas Gann

Nov. 15, 2017

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE ON SMALL BUSINESS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND SMALL BUSINESSES: PROMOTING GREATER INFORMATION SHARING FOR STRONGER CYBERSECURITY

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Scott Montgomery

Sept. 7, 2017

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HOMELAND SECURITY SUBCOMMITTEE ON CYBERSECURITY AND INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION THE CHALLENGES OF RECRUITING AND RETAINING A CYBERSECURITY WORKFORCE

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Lisa Depew

April 4, 2017

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SUBCOMMITEE OF THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM REVIEWING FEDERAL IT WORKFORCE CHALLENGES AND POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS

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Steve Grobman

March 22, 2017

U.S. SENATE COMMERCE COMMITTEE THE PROMISES AND PERILS OF EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES FOR CYBERSECURITY

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Scott Montgomery

March 9, 2017

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CYBERSECURITY AND INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION SUBCOMMITTEE THE CURRENT STATE OF DHS PRIVATE SECTOR ENGAGEMENT FOR CYBERSECURITY

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McAfee response activities

These comments are submitted as part of specific governmental efforts.

February 12, 2018

Department of Commerce

Comments in response to the Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security on “Enhancing the Resilience of the Internet and Communications Ecosystem Against Botnets and Other Automated, Distributed Threats”

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January 19, 2018

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Comments in response to NIST’s Solicitation for Comments on “Draft 2 of Cybersecurity Framework Version 1.1”

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September 20, 2017

American Technology Council

Comments in response to Request for Comments on the “IT Modernization Report to the President”

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April 10, 2017

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Comments on the Proposed Update to the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (V1.1 Draft 1)

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Public policy contacts

Thomas Gann

Chief Public Policy Officer

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Kent Landfield

Chief Standards and Technology Policy Strategist

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Chris Hutchins

Managing Director, Public Policy EMEA

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