Rackspace Appoints Industry Vet Brian Kelly as Chief Security Officer (CSO)

Rackspace, a global provider of cloud hosting solutions, has announced the appointment of Brian Kelly as Chief Security Officer. Kelly has more than 30 years of experience in security strategy and technology governance, risk and compliance and investigations in both the public and private sector.

rackspace-hostingPrior to Rackspace, Brian Kelly served as Ernst & Young’s Executive Director where he successfully modernized and transformed enterprise security programs while driving business value. As a senior executive in Ernst & Young’s Security, Risk and Assurance practice, Kelly led global advisory services including enterprise risk & compliance, standards assessments, data protection and program development and fraud investigation and electronic evidence collection.

At Deloitte & Touche, he advised clients on comprehensive security and risk assessment, technology strategy, incident response, and served as the interim corporate information security officer for a Fortune 50 company.

“Brian Kelly will be a strong addition to our leadership team as we collaborate with customers to address the growing cyber security challenges in today’s world,” said Mark Roenigk, chief operating officer at Rackspace. “Brian is well respected across the industry and he will help ensure that Rackspace remains at the forefront of secure computing platforms as well as further our commitment to providing Fanatical Support and expertise to our customers.”

Fanatical Support

“I’m excited to join Rackspace to help strengthen and grow the company’s position as the managed cloud hosting leader,” said Brian Kelly.

Early in his career, Brian Kelly earned numerous awards for his work in the military serving as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force as well as serving as a consultant to the Department of Homeland Security.

“A key component of providing Fanatical Support is providing a secure, trusted and audit ready environment for customers and partners we serve as well as for Rackers,” said Brian Kelly. “I’m excited to join Rackspace to advance this mission and to help strengthen and grow the company’s position as the managed cloud hosting leader.”

Based in San Antonio, Rackspace serves more than 200,000 business customers from data centers on four continents.