As Rackspace Chief Security Officer, Brian Kelly looks out for the safety and security of Rackers, facilities, infrastructure and data/information. Brian also brings his vision and expertise to the development of Rackspace’s security offerings. His contributions are significant, as our 300,000 customers all over the globe trust us to provide and maintain mission critical compute, network and storage workloads.
Brian joined Rackspace in October 2014 after three decades of leadership experience in security, special operations intelligence, and business operations with the U.S. government, Department of Defense (DoD), and private sector. He previously led the Giuliani Advanced Security Center in New York and served as CEO of iDefense, the first cyber threat intelligence provider for the private sector.
A native Bostonian who has kept his accent, Brian graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he earned a degree in management and lettered in three varsity sports: hockey, lacrosse, and boxing. Brian was also selected for a prestigious Department of Defense fellowship in Washington, D.C. He later earned an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a MS from the Air Force Institute of Technology.
In the Air Force, Brian rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel, leading teams involved in satellite surveillance, cyber security, cyber warfare, and management of highly sensitive operations around the globe. As a DoD Fellow, he advised the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Secretary of Defense, and received a DoD meritorious service medal.
Brian left the Air Force in 1995 and moved to San Antonio to lead business operations for Trident Data Systems, which provided industry leading security research and technology to the public and private sectors. He later served as a partner (select) at Deloitte and Touche, president of Newbrook Technologies, and executive director of IT risk transformation for Ernst and Young. In each role, he honed his skills in executive leadership, personnel, data and facility security, incident response, and forensic evidence collection. He has also worked closely with senior executives for leading companies in global financial services, technology, health care, and manufacturing.
A gifted speaker and storyteller, Brian frequently presents at industry conferences on security. He is the author of “From Stone to Silicon: a Revolution in Information Technology and Implications for Military Command and Control” and a contributing author of the book, “Navigating the Digital Age, The Definitive Cybersecurity Guide for Directors and Officers”. Brian also sits on the board of directors for a number of organizations, including the University of Texas San Antonio Advisory Board for the School of Engineering.