Rachel Wilson
Director of Cybersecurity, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management;
Former Head of Counterterrorism Operations, National Security Agency (NSA)


Rachel Wilson spent the first 15 years of her career at the National Security Agency (NSA). Over the course of her NSA career, she held several key senior executive-level leadership positions working to detect and disrupt terrorist and cyber exploitation activity against the US and its allies.

Currently, Rachel Wilson is the first Head of Cybersecurity for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, where she is responsible for protecting cybersecurity and ensuring the integrity and confidentiality of firm and client data. Additionally, Rachel advises leadership on cybersecurity issues, including secure code development standards, secure network architecture, vendor relationships, advanced persistent threat (APT) detection and mobile security. She also leads field and client education and communication on cyber risk, threats and mitigations. She and her team drive innovation for new cybersecurity and authentication technology. Rachel was recognized by Morgan Stanley Wealth Management as part of the 2019 MAKERS Class, a program that honors women who serve as groundbreakers, innovators and advocates. She was also named one of the Top Women in WealthTech 2020 by ThinkAdvisor.

In her private capacity, Rachel advises individuals, corporations and institutions on cybersecurity best practices and strategies. She serves on the Advisory Board of WATSCO Inc (NYSE: WSO) and on the CISO Advisory Board of Amgen Inc (NASDAQ: AMGN). Rachel is a sought-after speaker for technology, financial, and professional forums and has recently keynoted the Barron’s Top 100, the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA) 401k Annual Summit, the Portfolio Management Institute (PMI) Annual Conference, the Association of Professional Investment Consultants (APIC) Annual Conference, and the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals Annual Conference. Rachel is a leading thinker on protecting children and teenagers from cyber threats and loves educating young people and their parents on how to be safe citizens on the internet.

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