Master's in Cybersecurity Risk Management
Matthew Shabat

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Matthew Shabat

Matt is a cybersecurity and risk management professional with 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors. He is the Chief Risk Officer for Native American Industrial Solutions LLC and previously served as the U.S. Strategy Manager for a cybersecurity software company where, among other duties, he provided guidance on cyber threat information sharing, designed a forensics workbench around the company’s software, and provided other technical and strategic support. He served for nearly 10 years in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's former Office of Cybersecurity & Communications, most recently as a cybersecurity strategist and as the Director of Performance Management. While at DHS, Matt led DHS and interagency implementation of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, supported maturation of cyber risk management practices and the cyber insurance marketplace, oversaw development of an operationally-relevant approach to measuring the costs of cybersecurity, contributed performance goals to the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, led strategic planning, and developed program performance metrics. Before DHS, Matt was a Research Fellow with the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University. Prior to that, he practiced securities, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate law at Mayer Brown LLP in Chicago.

Matt’s interests include governance structures, the intersection of cyber risk management and corporate law, and systemic financial impacts from malicious cyber activity. He is a student of complexity theory and has applied methodologies associated with the study of complex adaptive systems to network intrusion pattern recognition and to malware detection. 

He holds the following certifications:

  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
  • Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)
  • GRC Professional (GRCP) Certification

Matt earned a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a M.A. in Security Policy Studies from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, and a B.A. from Stanford University. He was awarded a certificate of completion for the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.