Brett Kelsey, VP & Chief Technology Strategist, McAfee
Brett Kelsey is the Vice President and Chief Technical Strategist for the Americas for McAfee. In this role, he has leveraged his business and practice development, technical expertise and innovative thought leadership to evangelize the company’s go-to-market strategy across key customer segments
in the Americas, drive strategic customer engagements and provide customer feedback back to product engineering to help shape the direction of McAfee’s technology.
Prior to joining McAfee, Kelsey was Vice President of Service Delivery for NWN Corporation via the acquisition of Western Blue Corporation. At NWN, he led a team of 75+ technical consultants focused on delivering complex IT solutions in Information Security, Cloud & Data Center Computing, Virtualization, End-Point Management, Network Infrastructure and IT Application Modernization.
In addition to extensive professional development and technical training, Mr. Kelsey holds certifications as both a Certified Information Security Systems Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Security Auditor (CISA).
Kelsey is a well-respected executive in the information technology field with a successful career spanning more than 25 years. An internationally recognized expert, he is renowned for his exceptional ability to conceptualize, develop, and implement technology strategies for government and private sector clients across the healthcare, financial, education, telecommunications and power industries. He offers in-depth knowledge of information security practices, including complying with state, federal, and industry regulations, standards, and laws such as HIPAA, ISO, NIST, ITIL, CoBIT, Sarbanes Oxley, and GLBA.
In addition, Kelsey was a founding partner and principal security consultant with S3 Group and Managing Principal at Lucent Professional Services (formerly International Network Services) where he led numerous Fortune 500 client engagements providing comprehensive security solutions encompassing risk and vulnerability identification, risk assessment and mitigation, and security program development incorporating infrastructure recommendations, policies, procedures, and processes to protect critical information, systems, and assets.
Kelsey has been called upon as an expert high-tech crime witness and Certified Computer Forensics Investigator Examiner in numerous high-profile computer hacker arrests and convictions. He has served as a member of the Cisco Systems Technical Leadership Council, the McAfee Partner Advisory Council, the Microsoft Security Advisory Council, Computer Security Institute (CSI), Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), InfraGard, Information Systems Audit & Control Association (ISACA), and Project Management Institute (PMI).
Additionally, he has served as Chief Security Officer in several government departments and financial organizations. While serving as CSO he led the corporate security program, which is focused on ensuring the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of critical information and computing assets, as well as managing risk to enable positive growth for the company’s business. Kelsey also oversaw security in development practices, research in critical infrastructure assurance, electronic discovery, physical security and Internet security research. Follow him on Twitter: @Brett_Kelsey.