Managing Director/Head of Cybersecurity of Wealth Management
Rachel Wilson spent the first 15 years of her career at the National Security Agency. While there, she held several key senior-executive-level leadership positions. Between 2008 and 2010, she ran NSA’s counterterrorism operations and led a global enterprise in detecting and disrupting terrorist plotting against the United States and its allies. Between 2010 and 2012, she served as NSA’s chief of operations in the United Kingdom, working out of the U.S. Embassy in London. In this role, she worked with UK intelligence services to counter terrorist and cyber threats to the 2012 Olympics.
Returning to the U.S. in 2012, Ms. Wilson spent nearly five years leading NSA’s cyber exploitation operations within NSA’s Tailored Access Operations. In this capacity, she led the planning and execution of thousands of cyber exploitation operations against a wide array of foreign intelligence, military and cyber targets and served as the committing official for many of NSA’s highest risk and most important intelligence-gathering activities. In April 2017, she became the first head of cybersecurity for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and Investment Technology. She is responsible for protecting the cybersecurity of Wealth Management, Investment Management and Prime Brokerage systems and the integrity and confidentiality of firm and client data. She advises the leadership of Wealth Management, Investment Management and Prime Brokerage on cybersecurity issues. She also leads field and client education and communication on cyber risk, threats and mitigations.
Ms. Wilson 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 also was named one of the “Top Women in WealthTech 2020” by ThinkAdvisor. In her private capacity, Ms. Wilson 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). Ms. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago. She and her husband live in New York City with their two children.