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Nate Lesser joins Childrens National Hospital as Chief Information Security Officer

August 12, 2020
After a nationwide search, Children’s National Hospital is pleased to announce it has appointed Nate Lesser as the new chief information security officer (CISO). Lesser will lead the execution of the hospital’s comprehensive cybersecurity strategy and roadmap. Lesser has 20 years of experience in a wide array of technical and leadership roles addressing issues of cybersecurity, privacy and risk management. 

“Nate is a strategic, creative and pragmatic leader that possesses the talent and skills to strengthen our cybersecurity program,” says Matt MacVey, vice president and chief information officer. “We’re honored to have him join the Children’s National team as our new CISO.”

Lesser previously served as managing director at Cypient, where he advised clients on enterprise cybersecurity capabilities, conducted standards-based assessments, and designed solutions to improve cyber posture. Prior to that he was deputy director of the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where he ran the national lab dedicated to solving cybersecurity challenges, including medical device security.  

“Health care information security is critically important in the tech-driven world we live in,” says Lesser. “I am thrilled to join the outstanding team at Children’s National, and continue to enhance our cybersecurity program at a time when the sophistication of attacks across all industries continues to increase.” 

After earning his master’s and bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, Lesser served as a policy analyst and president management fellow for the Office of Management and Budget. He went on to spend several years leading a team of cybersecurity engineers providing support to several federal agencies including the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, State, Health and Transportation with Booz Allen Hamilton’s cybersecurity practice. He has more than 20 publications and presentations that exhibit cybersecurity thought leadership. 

Media contact: Tyrone Williams | 202-821-6678

About Children’s National Hospital

Children’s National Hospital, based in Washington, D.C., celebrates 150 years of pediatric care, research and commitment to community. Volunteers opened the hospital in 1870 with 12 beds for children displaced after the Civil War. Today, 150 years stronger, it is among the nation's top 10 children's hospitals. It is ranked No. 1 for newborn care for the fourth straight year and ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. Children’s National is transforming pediatric medicine for all children. In 2020, construction will be complete on the Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus, the first in the nation dedicated to pediatric research. Children's National has been designated twice as a Magnet® hospital, demonstrating the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C., metropolitan area, including the Maryland and Northern Virginia suburbs. Children’s National is home to the Children’s National Research Institute and Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation and is the nation’s seventh-highest NIH-funded children’s hospital. It is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels. 

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