The NIST Cybersecurity Framework Explained – From Its Leader – Matthew Smith – CSP #88

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The NIST Cybersecurity Framework simplifies the language of Cybersecurity across the organization. Learn from the person who led the contracting team for the development of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework what the framework is all about and how it can reduce risk to the organization.

To view the article from the CISO COMPASS Book that sparked this interview, please visit:

Smith, M. 2019. Using the Nist Cybersecurity Framework in an International Setting In CISO COMPASS: Navigating Cybersecurity Leadership Challenges with Insights from Pioneers, 1st Ed, pgs. 239-240. Fitzgerald, T. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Fl. This segment is sponsored by Wiz. Visit to learn more about them!

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The NIST Cybersecurity Framework Explained – From Its Leader


Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith – Founder/CEO at Seemless Transition LLC

Matthew Smith is the world leader in creating and building cybersecurity frameworks. He brings over 10 years writing and implementing visible, industry recognized standards while building coalitions at home and abroad. He is currently the Founder/CEO of Seemless Transition LLC, a consulting firm focused on helping clients manage cybersecurity risk.

Previously, Matthew led the contract team in the creation of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework as outlined in Presidential Executive Order 13636. He is the editor of ISO/IEC 27110 – Cybersecurity framework development guidelines. He is also the author of the NICE Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity and the NIST IoT Security Capability standard. He received his BS in Systems and Information Engineering from the University of Virginia and a MS in Cybersecurity Policy from the University of Maryland University College.


Todd Fitzgerald

Todd Fitzgerald – Vice President, Cybersecurity Strategy at Cybersecurity Collaborative


Todd Fitzgerald has built information Fortune 500/large company security programs for 20 years. Todd serves as VP, Cybersecurity Strategy and Chairman of the Cybersecurity Collaborative Executive Committee, was named 2016–17 Chicago CISO of the Year, ranked Top 50 Information Security Executive, authored 4 books including #1 Best Selling and 2020 CANON Hall of Fame Winner CISO COMPASS: Navigating Cybersecurity Leadership Challenges with Insights from Pioneers (2019), ground-breaking CISO Leadership: Essential Principles for Success, as well as contributions to a dozen others. Todd held senior leadership positions at Northern Trust, Grant Thornton International, Ltd, ManpowerGroup, WellPoint (Anthem) Blue Cross Blue Shield/ National Government Services, Zeneca/Syngenta, IMS Health and American Airlines.