Security is in Nate Fick’s blood. Long before he joined the cyber-operations platform Endgame as its CEO, the Baltimore native led infantry and reconnaissance units in the U.S. Marine Corps. Combat missions in Afghanistan and Iraq informed his best-selling 2005 memoir, One Bullet Away, and HBO viewers were even treated to a fictional version of Fick in the acclaimed miniseries Generation Kill (he was played by Broadway alum Stark Sands). Fick later became the CEO of the Center for a New American Security, a D.C. think tank that focuses on national security. He took the reins of Endgame in 2012 and has since transformed the company from a services business into the go-to standard for endpoint security in the private and public sectors, with a client roster that includes the parts of the Department of Defense.
For Fick, the guiding philosophy of cybersecurity is understanding that the so-called bad guys have one key strategic advantage over the good guys. “The attackers only have to be right once,” he says. “The defenders have to be right always.”