Managing Director – Accenture Federal Services, Cyber Strategy and Technology Lead
Shawn Wells is Managing Director and Cyber Strategy and Technology Lead at Accenture Federal Services. He is responsible for all efforts to commercialize and drive cutting-edge technologies, innovations, and talent to create enterprise-ready solutions at scale for federal agencies.
Shawn is a proven leader with a specialization in helping customers develop capabilities to counter cybersecurity adversaries and scale robust cybersecurity programs. He brings over two decades of experience spanning all federal government sectors and a proven track record of building offensive and defensive cybersecurity solutions.
Wells previously served as Global Vice President of Solution Architecture at CrowdStrike. Prior to CrowdStrike, Wells served as the Chief Security Strategist for Red Hat’s Public Sector where he was accountable for information assurance of all Red Hat technologies, products, and engagements, with the U.S. Government. He also has previous experience as Red Hat’s Technical Director of Intelligence Community Programs, where he led Red Hat’s technical relationships with national security organizations.
Wells holds a B.S. in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance from Western Governors University, an Executive Certificate in Technical Strategy and Innovation from MIT Sloan, an Energy Innovation and Emerging Technologies Certificate from Stanford University, a Chief Information Officer (CIO) certificate from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Federal Executive Chief Information Officer Certificate from the General Services Administration.
Wells is a recipient of WashingonExec’s Pinnacle Award for “Cyber Industry Executive of the Year.” Wells co-authored two books on cloud computing; the OpenStack Security Guide, which chronicles lessons learned from OpenStack deployments across industry and the U.S. government (such as NSA MACHINESHOP), and the OpenShift Security Guide, which debuted as the #1 cloud security book and discusses best practices for hardening Kubernetes environments.