SEC – ESC Alliance to Define Energy Sector Security Success Factors

February 24, 2022 – The Security Executive Council (SEC) and the Energy Security Council (ESC) have formed an alliance that will result in enhanced value to the energy sector and members of both organizations.

The Energy Security Council has been a leader in energy security education and networking since 1982. The ESC provides a platform for energy sector security practitioners to exchange ideas and best practices and share information on evolving security issues.

The Security Executive Council has been working with security practitioners and conducting research on corporate security for nearly 20 years. During this time span, the SEC has identified factors that contribute to the success of security leaders and programs, culminating in the formation of the Security Success Universe™. This new alliance will allow the SEC to provide ESC members with its advanced security leadership research resources. The alliance provides an opportunity for ESC members to contribute to the SEC body of knowledge specific to energy sector best practices. ESC members will have the opportunity to participate in and enhance the SEC’s sector-specific research initiatives.

The SEC has previously partnered with member organizations in the healthcare and financial industries to conduct security program research and define sector-specific success factors. Security research at the sector level is widely lacking; the SEC hopes to continue to partner with more sector organizations to bridge the gap.

Dave Leiting, Executive Director, ESC, and former Director of Security at BP; Bob Hayes, Managing Director, SEC, former CSO at Georgia Pacific; and Tom Bello, SEC Faculty, former Regional Security Manager for the Americas at Exxon Mobil Corporation, will shepherd the partnership.

“I can’t think of a better way for ESC to celebrate its 40th year than to form its first strategic alliance with the SEC, the global leader in security leadership success. This will be a valuable benefit for all ESC member companies and for energy sector security,” said Dave Leiting.

Tom Bello said, “The new partnership will promote the sharing of leadership and security expertise with the energy sector via the extensive network and research of the Security Executive Council. As a former Board member of the Energy Security Council, I am excited about being engaged in this effort.”

Bob Hayes said, “We’re excited to contribute our research and knowledge to the leading energy security membership organization, as successful leaders and programs are so important for critical infrastructure and the vital role it plays for every nation.”

About the Security Executive Council
The Security Executive Council is the leading research and advisory firm focused on corporate security risk mitigation strategies and plans. We work with security leaders to transform security programs into more capable and valued centers of excellence. Watch our 3-minute video for a quick overview or visit us at

About the Energy Security Council
The Energy Security Council is the premier Energy Security networking organization and consists of executive, mid-level managers, and professionals who represent global oil and gas exploration and production, renewables, power generation, transmission, pipelines, marketing, petrochemical and related service companies. Its Mission is protecting the energy industry from emerging physical and cyber threats through a unique public private partnership of operating companies, law enforcement, academia, and security industry partners. For more, visit

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