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CEO Kevin Mandia: FireEye Has A 90 Percent Success Rate Cracking Corporate Networks

"The only unvarnished truth any Chief Information Security Officer can really get is can someone break into my network from the internet and get to the CEO's email or get to business-critical applications," said FireEye CEO Kevin Mandia.

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What's your vision of how to become that end-to-end security provider?

It's hard to be the best [vendor] of everything. I'm probably being overly simplistic, but any time you run a company, you have to pick what you want to be the best at [and] just go do that—and if that's important and valuable, then you'll be important and valuable, but it's got to be within your core competence. Right now, our goal is to be the best in threat detection, and we are, and we go do that across email, endpoint and network.

And then we want to be the best one at security validation, which is an emerging thing: I liken it to a live fire drill, where we run real attacks against your infrastructure. These are attacks that we're seeing in the wild, and then we say, ‘Here's how well you did.’ You stop the attacks, thumbs up. If you didn't stop them, did you detect them? If you didn't stop them or detect them, did you even make any log entries somewhere in your security program that now you can create a new signature for?

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