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Nate Fick
Most Creative People 2018

Nate Fick

CEO, Endgame

For streamlining cybersecurity
The Most Creative People in business 2018

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.”

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