Nat Smith

Nat Smith

Sr Director Analyst
Nat Smith is a Senior Director 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), firewalls (enterprise and UTM), firewall-as-a-service (FWaaS), secure web gateways (SWG), zero trust network access (ZTNA), microsegmentation, IPS, advanced threats and cloud security. He has more than 20 years of high-tech experience in product leadership positions with security, networking and communications vendors including AT&T, Fortinet, Intel, McAfee, Palm, Riverbed, Symantec and T-Mobile.
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Tuesday, June 07, 2022 / 03:00 PM - 03:30 PM EDT
Transform Traditional Network Security Products Into Agile Cloud-Based and SASE Solutions

Security vendors everywhere are scrambling to align with buyers’ need for security in the cloud, from the cloud and for the cloud, but where do you start? This session will highlight what is important to buyers, what are the strategic capabilities needed, what is easy that you should do right away and what is hard that you should really do anyway.

Wednesday, June 08, 2022 / 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM EDT
Expert Guide to Network Security, Now and Into the Future

Check in to make sure you are current on network security offerings and how they complement each other, but stay to see how they are evolving and what new technologies will transform your current processes over the next few years.

Wednesday, June 08, 2022 / 12:00 PM - 12:20 PM EDT
Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls

The network firewall market faces the challenge of fulfilling multiple use cases and overlapping requirements because of the growth of hybrid environments. Although basic firewall features have become commodities, specialization in new firewall use cases such as FWaaS, cloud firewalls and OT firewalls is differentiating vendors. Come learn how to sort through the noise in the market.

Wednesday, June 08, 2022 / 02:45 PM - 03:15 PM EDT
Anticipate How AI Will Change How You Build Security Products

Many security products advertise the use of AI, but what is important to the buyers? How are your direct and indirect competitors using AI today and what should you expect in the future? This session will help you evaluate your current AI investments, identify potential gaps and vulnerabilities and guide you to wisely invest for the future.

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