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Cybersecurity is a critical enterprise-wide threat to the Federal government with serious economic and national security implications. It poses an urgent strategic leadership issue demanding the attention of all Senior Executives. With the proliferation of cyber-attack vectors and emerging vulnerabilities, it is really no longer a matter of “if,” but “when.” So how well are you and your organization prepared to confront a cyber-attack?

This SES Lab provides critical information that Senior Executive members need to know and exposes you to the first-hand stress, as well as challenging strategic and operational considerations, inherent with a cyber-breach. It is intended to help you explore how well you and your agencies are prepared.


  • Decisiveness

  • Problem Solving

  • Resilience

  • Strategic Thinking


  • 1 day


  • TBD


High-profile incidents confirm cybersecurity breaches are the new normal in American government and business. All Senior Executive members and their missions are at risk. In this one-day course, you will:

  • Develop a deeper awareness that cybersecurity is a product of organizational culture; it's everyone's business.

  • Gain essential background information that every senior executive needs to know about cybersecurity from an enterprise leadership perspective.

  • Experience first-hand the stress inherent in a cyber-breach and learn how to navigate the difficult strategic, cultural, and operational considerations that may emerge.

  • Gain executive-level insights, tips, and lessons learned from real cyber-attacks in government and the private sector.

  • Collaborate with peers and experienced Federal senior executives to expand your professional network.

    Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) and ECQ Competencies addressed during this program include:

  • ECQ 1: Leading Change - Strategic Thinking and Resilience.

  • ECQ 3: Results Driven - Decisiveness and Problem Solving.

Who Should Attend

  • Career Senior Executive Service (SES), Senior Level (SL), Scientific or Professional (ST), and other Career SES Equivalent members.

  • Senior federal leaders who want to develop a deeper understanding of cybersecurity issues in government, including organization-wide responses to cybersecurity breaches.

  • The Lab is not a substitute for technical training in cybersecurity required for chief information office (CIO) personnel.

Additional Information

  • Participants will receive the agenda and materials a few days prior to the start of the program.

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