Cybersecurity in 2019: Threats, Risks and How to Protect Our Crown Jewels

Rachel Wilson
Managing Director, Head of Cybersecurity for

Wealth Management and Investment Technology

Morgan Stanley

Former Senior Security Executive at the NSA

Rachel Wilson spent 15 years at the NSA, where she ran counterterrorism operations, worked cybersecurity threats to the 2012 summer Olympics in London, and spent five years leading NSA’s cyber exploitation operations mission. As the senior committing official for NSA’s hacking mission, she oversaw the planning and execution of thousand of cyber operations against America’s adversaries. In the spring of 2017, Rachel became the first Head of Cybersecurity for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. In this role, she leverages her experience in attacking and defending high-consequence systems to protect Morgan Stanley and its clients from cyber actors.

In her riveting keynote, Rachel will describe the current cybersecurity threats facing companies and institutions from nation states like North Korea, China and Iran, from cyber organized crime syndicates, and from individual hackers looking to make money or create mayhem. Drawing from her experience at the NSA and in the financial sector, she will discuss what corporate corporate executives and Boards of Directors need to be considering in the current cyber risk environment and describe the aspects of an effective corporate cyber resiliency strategy. From cyber governance and strategy, to cybersecurity technology investment, to quantum computing, to the recruitment and retention of cybersecurity professionals, Rachel will cover the landscape of challenges facing today’s cyber-savvy senior leaders and provide practical advice on how to build a cyber resilient organization. Rachel will invite you to think about your networks, your systems and your applications through the lens of a cyber actor and identify potential cyber risks and attack scenarios to your business. Pragmatic and outcomes-focused, Rachel will provide you with actionable advice on how to influence your Board of Directors, calibrate your workforce to cyber risk, manage vendor and third party risk, and optimize your technology stack for cyber resiliency - all to demonstrably reduce cybersecurity risk at your company.

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