FireEye CEO And CFO On Election Cybersecurity, A Renewed Channel Push And Company Restructuring
What do you think of the election from a cybersecurity perspective right now?
Mandia: At the end of the day, I think [this] week will be tough to call – half of my brain says Russia will stay quiet for the week and the other half says maybe we will see something special. I don't think it will have any direct influence on election systems. There is always a way to get voter confidence down by publishing false information, the astroturfing kind of stuff. But, taken out the election, we're just seeing more from Russia since the fall of 2014 … They have clearly changed the rules of engagement. Then, in 2016, during another election year, suddenly we see them add a third ingredient, where not only did their [operational security] get worse, their scale got bigger and the rules of engagement changed as to how brash and bold they are – they don't go away. The fourth thing we've observed is that they've started to release documents … That's just breaking the rules of the playground. Lots of changes. I'm fascinated.