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CSO Spotlight: David Smith, Nuix

Winning the war against cybercrime is getting closer to reality as law enforcement dedicates more resources to cybersecurity investigations and improves cyber-related laws.

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David Smith is chief information security officer (CISO) at Nuix, an Australian technology company that produces a software platform for indexing, searching, analyzing and extracting knowledge from unstructured data. His goal is to improve and maintain all facets of security from InfoSec to physical and personnel security. He focuses on educating and encouraging the active pursuit of security best practices. Before joining Nuix, David specialized in computer forensics and electronic crimes investigations for the FBI. Here he shares his views on the current cybersecurity trends, the battle against cybercriminals and how he keeps up with the everchanging cybersecurity landscape.

What was your first job? My first full time job was working as a computer operator and analyst for the FBI. 

How did you get involved in cybersecurity? I was involved early in computer forensics and electronic crimes investigations, so when cybersecurity began as a dedicated field it was a natural fit for me.

Tell us about your career path. After spending a few years as a computer analyst at the FBI, I started my career as a Special Agent for the U.S. Secret Service. During my time there I worked in computer forensics and electronic crimes investigations. From there I transitioned into the early days of cybersecurity management and information governance. I spent seven years designing and teaching cybercrime investigations and forensics training courses for law enforcement. Then I moved back into cybersecurity management and information governance.

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