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Rachel Wilson

Managing Director, Head of Wealth Management Cybersecurity

Rachel is the Head of Cybersecurity for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, and is responsible for protecting the cybersecurity of Wealth Management and Investment Management systems and the integrity and confidentiality of Firm and client data. Rachel advises the leadership of Wealth Management and Investment Management on cybersecurity issues ranging from secure code development standards, secure network architecture, vendor relationships, advanced persistent threat (APT) detection and mobile security. Rachel 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 joined the firm in April 2017 after nearly 15 years at the National Security Agency (NSA). Over the course of her NSA career, Rachel 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 U.S. and its allies. Between 2010 and 2012, Rachel served as NSA’s Chief of Operations in the U.K., working out of the U.S. Embassy in London. In this role, she worked with U.K. intelligence services to counter terrorist and cyber threats to the 2012 Olympics. Returning to the U.S. in 2012, Rachel spent nearly five years leading NSA’s cyber exploitation operations as the Deputy and then Chief of the Remote Operations Center with 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.