Nate has spent the last 20 years driving innovation at the nexus of technology and business. He has held technical and executive positions in government and the private sector. At Cypient, Nate provides clients with technology innovation and strategic advisory services. He works with cybersecurity technology builders, buyers, and investors to improve the efficiency of the innovation ecosystem. As the co-founder and founding CEO of Cypient Black, Nate launched the first company to provide holistic coverage for the digital personal lives of business executives, high-profile politicians, celebrities, and their families.
Nate serves as an advisor to numerous startups and non-profits. He is a frequent public speaker at domestic and international conferences on emerging trends in technology, cybersecurity, privacy, and risk management. Nate serves on the on the steering committee of the Security Innovators Network, as a mentor at the Mach37 cybersecurity accelerator, and a member of the Baltimore Angels. From 2015-2018, he was a Senior Fellow at the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security.
Nate previously served as the deputy director of the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The NCCoE is the US cybersecurity national laboratory charged with accelerating the adoption of secure technologies. At the NCCoE, Nate was responsible for setting the strategic direction and research agenda and building lasting partnerships with industry. Under Nate’s leadership, the NCCoE collaborated with over 85 technology vendors, expanded its staff from 6 to more than 80, moved to a new facility with over 20 labs, and produced technical guidance for organizations across a wide array of economic sectors. During his tenure, the NCCoE established formal partnerships with 25 leading technology companies that provide expertise, technology, and thought leadership to support the NCCoE.
Prior to his work at NIST, Nate managed a team of cybersecurity engineers at Booz Allen Hamilton and held positions with the Office of Management and Budget, and the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee of the Senate. He also worked as an electrical engineer at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, where he designed digital electronics for the U.S. Navy’s Fleet Ballistic Missile Program. Nate holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Columbia University.