Mr. Joel Jacobs
Vice President, Chief Information Officer, and Chief Security Officer
Joel Jacobs is vice president, chief information officer (CIO), and chief security officer (CSO) of The MITRE Corporation. As CIO, Jacobs is 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 leads 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 oversees the integration and coordination among information security, global security services, and information systems.
Under Jacobs' leadership, MITRE has been recognized for its innovative IT practices and for its outstanding work environment for technology professionals. CIO Magazine named MITRE to its CIO 100 list twice (2014 and 2018). Computerworld named MITRE one of the country's "100 Best Places to Work in IT" for eight consecutive years (2005–2012, 2016). The company was named a North American Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises (MAKE) award winner four times (2009, 2011, 2015, 2016). MITRE was named to the InformationWeek 500, the magazine's annual ranking of the nation's most innovative users of business technology (2011-2013), InformationWeek Elite 100 list (2016), and InformationWeek IT Excellence in Infrastructure award (2017). Also in 2017 MITRE received the Help Desk Institute's Team Excellence Award for excellence in customer service, and was included on the Security 500.
In 2018, Jacobs was elected to the CIO Hall of Fame by IDG CIO, which spotlights IT leaders who have profoundly influenced the IT discipline, the use of technology in business, and the advancement of the CIO role.
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.
Jacobs holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and natural science from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2004, he completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School.