The 10 Biggest Security Stories Of 2013

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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.

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