2020 Chief Officer Award Winner: Private Company CISO Brian Neely, AMERICAN SYSTEMS



Brian Neely, chief information officer and chief information security officer at AMERICAN SYSTEMS, has won WashingtonExec’s 2020 Chief Officer Award for Private Company CISO.

In its inaugural year, the Chief Officer Awards luncheon was held June 17 as a virtual live-streamed program to accommodate the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations about in-person events. Over 500 people watched as C-suite executives in both industry and government were recognized for their innovation, expertise, impact, and thought leadership.  

 Neely has over 24 years with AMERICAN SYSTEMS, where he leads the overall vision, planning and management of technology, security and information management-related resources. Since joining in 1996, Neely has been a held positions including contractor, member of the strategic acquisition team and CTO before becoming CISO/chief information officer in 2006. 

Among his accomplishments in 2019, Neely facilitated the transition of all applications and services from on-premise data centers to cloud delivery. The move aims to enhance security and the benefits of artificial intelligence, machine learning and on-demand hyperscaling.  

Neely has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a master’s degree in IT from Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz School of Policy & Management. He also holds CIO and CISO certifications 

See the full list of Chief Officer Award winners here. 

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