Matthew M. Blizard is a director in Navigant’s Energy practice, He specializes in providing clients with reliability and security guidance to reduce compliance risk and strengthen security posture; advancing tactical actions to address evolving security threats, and closing security vulnerabilities; and directing sound program and project management practices.
Prior to joining Navigant, Blizard's recent experience was with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) as director of critical infrastructure protection (CIP). Here he led NERC’s team of cyber and physical security professionals, assisting in the build of cyber and physical security standards; advancing the Information Sharing and Analytics Center (ESISAC) capabilities; conducting outreach to stakeholders and partners within industry and the government; exercising the bulk power system to enhance security preparedness through GridEx; and working with entity subject matter experts to address compliance and security issues facing the electric subsector through NERC’s CIP Technical committee called CIPC, and as the former secretary to the Electric Sector Coordinating Council.
Matt came to the energy industry after spending 30 years commissioned service in the United States Coast Guard, leading, managing and achieving multiple commands throughout his Coast Guard career. Matt has three decades in security, law enforcement, engineering, operations and mission support activities with his career culminating in as Deputy, Chief of Staff and Executive Director Mission Support for the Coast Guard. His experiences have taken him through the Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup duties; leading law enforcement teams in South America and the Caribbean; drug reduction strategy efforts with ONDCP; and building and executing a new mission support structure with both the Haiti earthquake rescue operations and Deepwater Horizon response. Matt is a former Assistant Professor at the United States Coast Guard Academy in Electrical Engineering; and Assistant Professor at the National War College, National Defense University in National Security Studies.
Matt is a professional engineer with the State of Washington and is a member of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS).