Nat Smith is a Senior Director in the Technology and Service Provider (TSP) division of Gartner, researching emerging technology and trends (ETT) for technology product leaders (tech CEOs, general managers, chief product officers, product managers and product marketers). Mr. Smith focuses technology impacting network security, including secure access services edge (SASE), network detection and response (NDR) and network traffic analysis (NTA), firewalls (enterprise and UTM), secure web gateways (SWG), zero trust network access (ZTNA) and software-defined perimeter (SDP), 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.
Mr. Smith has previously worked in the fields of product management, product marketing and business development.
Director Management and Analytics
Director Global Product Solutions
Symantec (Packeteer-Blue Coat)
Sr. Product Manager
Product Strategy and Launch for Tech CEOs
Product Messaging and Differentiation
Product Portfolio Vision and Strategy
M.B.A., Marriott School, Brigham Young University
B.S., Physics, Psychology and Chemistry, Brigham Young University
1Security product teams -- applying emerging technology research into tech provider product roadmap and portfolio planning
2Security product teams -- go-to-market strategies and tactics, including target market and buyer definition, positioning and messaging
3Security product teams -- market research, customer requirements, competitive landscape, product ideation and review
4Security buyers -- key network security issues and trends to facilitate strategic planning and budgeting
5Security buyers -- product and process strategy and guidance for network security testing and protection initiatives