Scott Lesto

Director, Security Risk Management

Scott brings to our clients a stellar reputation with the U.S. Secret Service as a highly experienced physical and technical security expert.

As the Secret Service’s Technical Operations Branch Chief, he developed layered security systems and policies for 22 field offices and three former U.S. president’s residences. These security systems included independent integrated access control, close-circuit television and emergency contingency planning, among many other best practice functions. He also provided programs and briefings to all levels of government and key stakeholders.

In addition, Scott supervised and conducted Critical Infrastructure Protection Facility Surveys (CIPFS) on numerous Secret Service offices and federal buildings. Through the CIPFS, he not only continued to mitigate potential threats to these edifices, but allowed the ongoing opportunity to hone his skills and maintain advances within rapidly changing technologies.

Prior to this role, Scott served as Branch Chief for Hazardous Devices and Explosives Countermeasures, ensuring and coordinating high-stakes projects in order to protect key facilities, including the White House complex. He was the agency’s representative and liaison to the explosives countermeasures community, and as such, drafted essential interagency Memoranda of Understandings in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security and the Marine Corps, among other bodies. Scott was also responsible for developing policies within the Secret Service, including those for the Presidential Protective Division, Vice Presidential Division and the Uniformed Division.

His physical security experience includes implementing complex security processes for National Special Security Events (NSSE) and performing worldwide technical-surveillance countermeasures (TCSM) in support of U.S. presidents and vice presidents. Over a five-year period, Scott oversaw a multimillion-dollar, classified countermeasures program that expanded by 200 percent during his tenure. He also employed his extensive explosive and detonating devices savvy to mitigate potential domestic and foreign terrorist threats.

Scott is a member of the National Association of Technical Investigators and International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators. He is a graduate of the Inter Agency Training Center’s TCSM program.

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