MIAMI \u2014Immunity Inc kicked off the\u00a0Infiltrate 2016 conference\u00a0 this morning with a warm welcome from Dave Aitel at the Fontainbleau Hotel. Keynote speaker, Nate Fick CEO at Endgame, spoke from both his military and private sector experience about what needs to happen in order to secure the future of the digital enterprise and the digital world.Addressing the crowd of offensive hackers, Fick offered advice for both the government and private fronts. "Continuing to do the same will not work,\u201d Fick said, which is why the tools that are more flexible and easily modifiable have become more popular.\u201cWe need discontinuity in the adoption cure,\u201d Fick said, \u201cbut you can\u2019t hack back. Hacking back is stupid, for many reasons not just that it is illegal.\u201d He argued that while it is illegal, laws change. \u201cRemember it used to be illegal to drink a beer in this country, and it was legal for a kid to work in a coal mine,\u201d he said.Beyond the issue of legality, hacking back is, what Fick described as, climbing up the escalatory ladder, which you can\u2019t do successfully unless you have the right tools. The tools and the power or ability to use them legally has historically been granted to the government.Certainly the perspectives of government and private sector vary when it comes to many topics, including security. A self-proclaimed optimist, Fick said, \u201cWe can do as much to adversaries with defense as we can do with offense.\u201d There are, however, changes that need to happen in both the government and the private sector in order to bring down adversaries.The government, said Fick, \u201cNeeds to define declaratory policies that outline a shared understanding of the red lines. What is espionage? What constitutes an offense?\u201d Once those red lines are clearly defined, there needs to be an escalatory policy, which includes a series of moves and counter-moves rather than escalating to the greatest use of force.In addition, the government needs to educate the public that digital offense is not intrinsically bad. \u201cWe traditionally venerate kinetic offense,\u201d said Fick, \u201cbut computer offense has always seemed sleazy.\u201d If the laws of offensive hacking are to evolve, the connotation of the word \u2018hacker\u2019 and the work that they do in digital offense needs to change.The next generation of cyber security experts must possess offensive capabilities. Enterprises and government need to develop better policies to attract the talent of those who are perhaps secret experts concealing their offensive skills in the digital shadows.Fick said that the tactic of digital offense is increasingly being \u201cintegrated into kinetic offense.\u201d The problem therein is that,"The government will be tempted to hack more killers and kill more hackers.\u201d All the more reason why clear policies need to be established and tough and sometimes uncomfortable questions like \u201cWhat level of hacking warrants a bullet?\u201d need to be answered, Fick said.These are important questions that impact not only the digital world. These are societal issues, and in order for the current perceptions about offensive hacking to shift, everyone needs to be educated, but (as one attendee noted) there are no schools for pen testers.In the private sector, enterprises have focused on prevention, but Fick said, \u201cThey need to spend more on detection and remediation, on next generation tools rather than last generation tools.\u201dThe companies of the future that will be able to withstand the shifts in the security industry are those that build diverse teams. \u201cDiversity is a wellspring of innovation,\u201d said Fick, \u201cwhether it is gender, background, or perspective,\u201d he continued. When experienced people with a wide range of perspectives come together, it makes for effective problem solving.Those who have the skills to think like an adversary and be a stealthy and invisible attacker will have the greatest offensive success. \u201cBy stealthy,\u201d said Fick, \u201cI mean using domain credentials, hardening tools, and signature diversity.\u201dThere are no silver bullet solutions to issues in security, Fick said, but if we can change policies, continue to advocate for STEM education, and rely on companies that build better tools, we can take down adversaries. \u201cBeing proactive, aggressive, and offensive are the essential skills for the next generation of success,\u201d said Fick who noted that 25% of Endgame employees are attackers.By creating a culture and environment that is appealing to a larger group of people, Fick said, enterprises will build better relationships with those who have been marginalized and often undervalued in the security world.