Joel Jacobs

CIO Executive Coach and Former Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Chief Security Officer at The MITRE Corporation

Joel Jacobs is a CIO Executive Coach and former vice president, chief information officer (CIO), and chief security officer (CSO) of The MITRE Corporation. As CIO, Jacobs was responsible for advancing information technology (IT) services, infrastructure operations, and the innovative use of information technologies that enable MITRE staff to effectively serve the company’s government sponsors. He led the Enterprise Computing, Information, and Security (ECIS) organization, providing comprehensive information technology, knowledge management, enterprise technical computing, information security, and global security services to the corporation. As CSO, Jacobs would oversee the integration and coordination among information security, global security services, and information systems.

Jacobs was honored as a Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader in 2011 and as a Boston Business Journal/Mass High Tech CIO of the Year in 2012. In 2015, STEMconnector® named Mr. Jacobs among its 100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM in recognition of MITRE’s dedication to supporting STEM initiatives. He was also a 2015 Federal Computer Week Federal 100 Award winner.

Jacobs has more than three decades of experience working both at MITRE and in industry on complex IT topics. After joining MITRE in 1981, he held positions with steadily increasing levels of responsibility, managing internal information systems development efforts and directing a variety of network, security, and software engineering and research projects. He served as director of the MITRE Software Center, as department head of Advanced Information Systems Technology, and as a principal investigator in information systems research. From 2003 to 2009, Jacobs was deputy CIO.

In 1996, Jacobs left MITRE to serve as vice president at Concept Five Technologies, a software and professional services company. In 1998, he joined Onsett International Corporation, an IT management consulting firm, as practice director of Technology and Security and later served as the company’s president and CEO. He rejoined MITRE in 2003.