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John McNeely has joined the board of the Cyber and Information Security Consortium, a partnership between UT, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Consolidated Nuclear Security Y-12, Sword and Shield Enterprise Security, the East Tennessee Economic Council, CISCO, and others.

The consortium was founded by the group in 2016 as a way to bring together some of the top minds in cybersecurity. 

Leon Tolbert, the Min H. Kao Professor and head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the Tickle College of Engineering, is UT’s representative on the board. 

McNeely comes to the group as head president and CEO of Sword and Shield. 

“The challenges we’ve faced in cyberspace over the years are ultimately challenges that every industry is now facing,” McNeely said in a press release. “There is a lot of practical information and technologies out there that we all need to be aware of, both at the executive and practitioner level. East Tennessee has a growing cybersecurity ecosystem, and I hope to continue the initiatives that CISC has started and further our efforts to be a catalyst for innovation, as well as a resource that helps businesses in our region thrive.”

The full release can be seen here

More on the consortium can be found here