Leadership Solutions


Richard Lefler

Executive Board of Advisors and Dean of Emeritus Faculty, Security Executive Council


Richard “Dick” Lefler passed away November 4, 2017. Dick was a security industry thought leader and his influence will impact the security industry for years to come. We lost a colleague, innovator, strategist, team player, mentor, leader, and best friend. But we will never lose his contributions, knowledge or memories.

Dick was a thoughtful man of action, skilled at probing the truth in a Socratic manner. Quietly painting the canvas of possibilities while informing onlookers could only marvel at the art of the question. “How do you think about that?” The teacher who remained the curious student. The realist who looked for light in the darkest corners.

Dick was with the SEC from the start. He freely shared his wisdom for the good of the industry. As an SEC Faculty member (former successful CSOs), he was Instrumental to the strategy, business acumen, staffing and branding of the SEC. In 2004 we gave him the title of Dean of the Faculty. Former CSO at American Express, Dick was an early supporter and security “horizon” thought leader. Dick managed by addressing current security needs, but was also an industry leader in analyzing business trends, identifying the security implications and developing strategies to mitigate these “horizon” issues.

His legacy to the SEC community includes seminal contributions to Board Level Risk, Enterprise/Security Risk Alignment and the Total Cost of Security. His knack for connecting protection value to strategic organizational mission performance has helped many practitioners take a seat at the table; making the persuasive business case for proactively protecting people, assets and processes well into the future.

Dick will always be with us because his work will never be done.
The SEC staff and Faculty

In Their Own Words

Listen to Dick Lefler discuss one of the 10 Roadmap for Success practices - the importance of recognizing each organization is different from any other and how this affects how the security leader should develop his or her risk mitigation program: https://www.securityexecutivecouncil.com/spotlight/?sid=28164

Watch his video series, Discovering the Total Cost of Security and Aligning Security Services with Business Objectives.