Analyst Profile

Nat Smith

Nat Smith

VP Analyst

5 years at Gartner,  27 years industry experience

Location:  USA  | Language(s):  English

Roles and Responsibilities

Nat Smith is a Vice President security analyst in the Technology and Service Provider (TSP) division of Gartner, researching emerging technology and trends (ETT) for technology product leaders. Mr. Smith researches technology, markets and trends impacting network security especially artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). This focus includes secure access services edge (SASE), network detection and response (NDR), network firewalls, firewall-as-a-service (FWaaS), security services edge (SSE), secure web gateways (SWG), zero trust network access (ZTNA), zero trust, advanced threats and cloud security. He has more than 20 years of tech experience in product leadership positions with security, networking and communications vendors including AT&T, Fortinet, Intel, McAfee, Riverbed, Symantec and T-Mobile.


Previous Experience

Mr. Smith has previously worked in the fields of product management, product marketing and business development.

Professional Background

  • Fortinet, Director Management and Analytics, 1 year
  • McAfee, Director Global Product Solutions, 5 years
  • Symantec (Packeteer-Blue Coat), Sr. Product Manager, 3 years


  • B.S., Physics, Psychology and Chemistry, Brigham Young University
  • M.B.A., Marriott School, Brigham Young University

Industry Awards/Accolades

  • Certified Information Systems Security Profession (CISSP)