5. FireEye Goes Public
Security vendor FireEye took its suspicious file analysis appliances public in September and was fully embraced by Wall Street. Despite the IPO being valued at $20 per share, the stock ended its first day of trading with gains of 80 percent at $36 per share. The company is 100 percent channel.
FireEye appliances -- a separate one is needed for Web, email and content filtering --- were expanded this year to include a cloud-based mobile and email protection service. At the core of the company's technology is its virtualized sandbox, which detects suspicious files and analyzes their behavior to determine if they are a malware threat.
FIreEye CEO Dave DeWalt told CRN that the FireEye platform is not a point product. Plans are in the works to build it out, he said. Meanwhile, next-generation firewall vendors, including Palo Alto Networks and intrusion prevention systems such as Cisco-Sourcefire, have capabilities designed to inspect files for malware.