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NGSL Program Information

If you have any questions about this program or registration, please contact our Director of Events, Jennifer Perez by email: or phone: 512.358.4411.


The NGSL program offers continuing education credits through:

          • ASIS
          • The Security Council and Darla Moore School of International Business offer a completion certificate with guidance for 9 continuing education units, 6 classroom hours, management professional development, and 3 hours of related reading.

How does the course differ from the 6 week course?

          • The six-week course was virtual, with 180 participants on six continents connected by LinkedIn for seminar content discussion. The Great Conversation Offering is an in-person classroom and networking opportunity. The 90-minute instruction modules are reduced to 45 minutes with an abbreviated reading list. A final paper is not required.

Next Generation Security Leader Faculty presenters facilitate value propositions including:

          • Aligning risk mitigation programming (people, process and technology) with organizational board level risk requirements
          • Measuring and communicating persuasive security performance
          • Running security like a business with an understanding of organizational maturity and where personas are on the leadership continuum
          • Demonstrating value contribution via monetized prevention or mitigation consequence analysis and return on investment
          • Communicating opportunity concisely with case studies or other relevant executive summaries  


Supporters of The NGSL Program

“In twenty years of building security relationships and knowledge, I have never encountered a more concentrated, high-value, and interactive forum than the Security Executive Council’s : Next Generation Security Leader program. Other groups take note, this is how you transfer knowledge to the next generation.”

– Jeffrey Miller, Information Security Director 


"I highly endorse the Security Executive Council’s (SEC) Next Generation Leadership Course.  There are various organizations in the security ecosystem that provide our next generation of security leaders, excellent training content and the SEC NGSL certainly is in the same league. 

I had a fair amount of my extended direct reports take the inaugural course this year and reviews by all were excellent.  It was a great blend of faculty instruction, as well as instruction by CSO practitioners.  The virtual nature of the course allowed for more students and flexibility in scheduling the sessions.  I think the link up with the Darla Moore School at the University of South Carolina was outstanding and their support superb. 

This course was not just theoretical, it was practical in nature and again, feedback from my extended direct reports was universally positive.  This course certainly is a value add to the ecosystem of security training courses currently in the world today.  Great first effort by the SEC!"

-Mike Howard, Chief Security Officer
Microsoft Global Security


"The Next Generation Security Leader Program and The Great Conversation provide current and emerging leaders a forum for understanding how to fully identify and realize the potential value created within their organizations. 

It is imperative leaders in risk and security embrace their roles in creating the vision and mission of their organizations and articulate their organizational value in language the CEO and the executive team can understand.

In the end, we have a responsibility as the CSO to create a resilient and adaptable organization while mitigating risks. But that opportunity can only be realized through leveraging the knowledge base, lessons learned, and the tools that others have found to be effective."

-David Komendat, Vice President & Chief Security Officer
The Boeing Company


Do You Have What it Takes to be a 2020 Security Leader?


The Security Executive Council has developed a one-day leadership forum, The Next Generation Security Leader™ program (NGSL).  A number of the industry’s “most influential leaders in security" collaborated with thought leaders and security executives to create this curriculum that guides the next generation of security leaders.   This high-value development opportunity has drawn the participation and endorsements of top security leaders and their teams from companies such as Boeing, Capital One, Cummins, Dell, Delta Airlines, Kohler, Massachusetts General Hospital, Microsoft, and Raytheon NGSL arms current and emerging leaders with the needed tools for professional development and continuous organizational improvement. 

Last year at the Great Conversation NGSL I – Board Level Risk and Unified Protection Oversight was offered.  It covered 6 modules including fundamental Board-Level Risks and Unified Protection Oversight™ to protect people, assets and critical processes and was supported by the highly acclaimed Darla Moore School of Business.

NGSL II - On the Path to Operational Excellence makes its debut at The Great Conversation 2014 in Seattle, WA. NGSL I is not a prerequisite for NGSL II. NGSL II addresses rising regulatory and organizational performance needs in a continuing fluid global risk environment. NGSL II is supported by research and findings from the Council's Security Leadership Research Institute and Kennesaw State University’s Coles College of Business, designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance as recognized by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. 

Both the NGSL I and II are available in audio taped, self-review formats and can be purchased here.


Why a next generation leader should attend:

  • Learn new ways to articulate value to the organization
  • Expand your ability to mitigate all hazards risk
  • Evaluate service providers against a new value proposition
  • Strategic integration of services, products, vendors, etc.
  • Exclusive invitation and limited offer (first in-person event around the program) 

Questions for security executives:

  • Do you have anyone on your team that can stand in for you in front of an executive audience?
  • Do you have the means to measure the performance of your people, process and technology?
  • Would you like to develop a peer network to benchmark your executive approach and plan with your peers? 

What are former attendees saying the program will do for you?

  • Make you a better strategist for the security organization and the organization as a whole
  • Teach you how to articulate the intersection between risk mitigation and value
  • Enable a support system for future growth
  • Provide a way advance new leaders
  • Have a better appreciation of the environment that supports your goals
  • Enabled a crucial next step in your career development and the development of their organization The project they worked on and applied the NGSL principles to enabled a better outcome.
  • The ability to deliver a strategic presentation to their peers and executives

NGSL Phase II - Program Details

The condensed Security Executive Council's NGSL program highlights elements of the original six seminar sessions developed by Security’s most influential thought leaders, 4 of which will be executed in Phase II of the program offered in Seattle at The Great Conversation.

  • Session 1: Trends and Requirements for Next Generation Executives and Services

    Description: Security leaders find themselves acquired, downsized, merged, optimized and reorganized in an era of escalating regulatory and client expectations. People, process and technology innovation and performance requirements must be geared for operation excellence despite complexities. This session provides discussion and resources for meeting the challenges of change and performance.

    Security Leadership Research Institute approved resource: The Roadmap for Security Leadership Success

  • Session 2: Leveraging Excellence in Security Operations

    Description: Security operations centers provide the critical point of integration for key program elements of the security infrastructure, qualitative incident response and business resilience. Incrementally improved levels of application intelligence are raising the bar on these center’s capabilities for enabling business process risk mitigation and proactive customer service. When we can define results and best practices that deliver measurably improved prevention and response to risk, we have the ability to positively influence our stakeholders’ perception of Security’s value. This session will explore opportunities for operational excellence in these mission-critical activities.

    Security Leadership Research Institute approved resource: Next Generation GSOC Best Practices

  • Session 3: Delivering Strategic Value for "Army of One" Individual Contributors

    Description: 40% of the Fortune 500 is estimated to have no chief security officer equivalent. Risk mitigation in other organizations is often entrusted to a single contributor. This panel will explore innovative and effective means for resource multiplication based on Enterprise/Security Risk Alignment™ and the total cost of security.

    Security Leadership Research Institute approved resource: State of the Industry: What Will it Take to be a 2020 Security Solution Leader?

  • Session 4: Achieving All-hazard Preparedness for Resilience

    Description: Preparedness and business continuity galvanize boards and C-suite leadership. Faced with rising regulatory and stakeholder expectations, Security teams and their risk mitigation peers are well advised to mind the gap or be accountable. Academic research and pragmatic corporate diligence are explored in this session to give Next Generation Leaders an insight to baseline considerations, as well as current and future risk remediation tools.

    Security Leadership Research Institute approved resource: State of the Industry: Business Continuity Excerpts

  • Session 5: Planning and Achieving Security's Full Potential Value

    Description: Net contribution is the new normal. Qualitative and quantitative assessments for beneficial outcomes are increasingly anticipated and calculated as a key performance indicators. Measures and metrics from degrees of implementation to security confidence will be visited to make more persuasive business cases for people, asset and brand protection. Panelists will share protection programming that reflect brand values and promote equity.

    Security Leadership Research Institute approved resource:
    Boeing | Darla Moore School of Business Case Study

  • Session 6 - Influencing Organizational Confidence, Brand Value and Loyalty: Instruction developers: CSO and Next Generation Security Leader Faculty Panel

Francis D'Addario, a former security executive, a SEC thought leader and published author was interviewed by Ron Worman of The SageGroup regarding the NGSL program. Please view the video link of this interview below.

More Videos about the NGSL:

  • An interview with Francis D'Addario, Former CSO, Starbucks and Faculty member of The Security Executive Council
  • An interview with Mark Lex, Emeritus Faculty, Security Exeutive Council
  • An interview with Bob Hayes, Managing Director of The Security Executive Council
  • An interview with George Campbell, Former CSO, Fidelity Investments and SEC Emeritus Faculty

NGSL Phase 1 - Program Details

The condensed Security Executive Council's NGSL program highlights elements of the original six seminar sessions developed by Security’s most influential thought leaders including: 

  • Session 1: Aligning Board-level Risk and Mitigation Strategies:  Managing brand reputation requires cross-functional risk mitigation oversight for people, assets and critical processes. This seminar will acquaint participants with Board-level risk and unified protection business-unit considerations for relevant assessment and mitigation strategies. Instruction developers: Richard Lefler, Dean of SEC Emeritus Faculty, Formerly Vice President Global Security, American Express; Randy Harrison, Managing Director, Corporate Security, Delta Airlines, and Greg Niehaus, PhD, Professor Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina.

  • Session 2: Communicating All-hazards Risk, Mitigation, and Performance Metrics:  Boards, management teams, and stakeholders increasingly make critical decisions based on a host of divergent data, spreadsheets, graphs and analyses. Effective, actionable risk management requires discipline. Understanding data to identify risks and tell a compelling story of injury, loss, damage and cost avoidance is our objective. Participants will learn to tell their own story of value contribution. Instruction developers: George Campbell, SEC Emeritus Faculty Leader, Security Program Metrics and Analytics (former CSO Fidelity Investments); Dave Komendat, CSO and VP, Boeing Company; and Greg Niehaus, PhD, Professor Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina.

  • Session 3: Next Generation Organizations, Programs and Leaders: Running Security as a Business: Understanding your organization, your people, and yourself is essential for benchmarking and gauging program success. Where are you on the leadership continuum? Where is your program in the maturity cycle? Students will evaluate themselves and their organizations against industry research to inform their role and organizational readiness.  Instruction developers include Kathleen Kotwica, PhD, EVP and Chief Knowledge Strategist, The Security Executive Council (SEC); Tim Janes, CPP CFE, Corporate Security Director, Capital One and Greg Niehaus, PhD, Professor Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina.

  • Session 4: Influencing Community All-Hazard Preparedness and Resilience:  Catastrophic, manmade and natural risks continue to threaten organizations and communities. Incident, crisis and continuity management are increasingly important. Attendees will review the latest global requirements for preparedness compliance; as well as the means to protect brand with alliances. Instruction developers are Francis D’Addario, CPP CFE, SEC Emeritus Faculty, formerly VP Partner and Asset Protection, Starbucks Coffee; Rad Jones, Michigan State University, formerly Manager of Security and Fire Protection, Ford Motor Company; and Brad Brekke, Vice President of Asset Protection, Target Corporation.

  • Session 5 - Adding Incremental Value with Mission Assurance and P&L Performance: Board-level risk mitigation is no longer just consequence protection. Business acumen quantitatively and qualitatively enables a path to value. Participants will learn to connect revenue influencing and cost avoidance for return-on-investment and operating results.  Instruction Developers: Francis D’Addario, CPP CFE, SEC Emeritus Faculty Lead Strategic Innovation, formerly VP Partner and Asset Protection, Starbucks Coffee; Mike Howard, CSO, Microsoft; and Greg Niehaus, PhD, Professor Darla Moore International Business School, University of South Carolina.

  • Session 6 -Managing Information Protection, Breaches and Situational Intelligence:  Brand stakeholders require confidence. Information ranging from intellectual property assets to personal identifiers must be protected from persistent physical and cyber threats. Students will revisit the concept for road-mapping protection architecture and managing information crises. Instruction developers include Bob Hayes, Managing Director, Security Executive Council, former CSO Georgia Pacific; Lorna Koppel, Director of Information Security, Kohler; John McClurg, VP and CSO Dell.