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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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That speaks to the Verodin acquisition. That felt like it was a seminal moment for FireEye. How has it changed the go-to-market strategy for FireEye and its partners?

It does because security validation is what I call that market. We do the real attacks. And what I always get a kick out of is a lot of companies go, ‘I don't want real attacks running on my network.’ And I say, ‘Oh, they are running on your network. It's called the internet. People are already launching them. You may want to launch the bullets yourself and control the thing.’ It is something the military has always called ‘live fireworks.’ Everybody said the best plans last about one second in combat. That's the same in cybersecurity. And I believe in winning drills, meaning you tell people about it: ‘Listen, we're going to red team your network from Wednesday to Friday. That means we're going on offense, we're going to emulate some of the common attacks [going on] your industry, and it's the best training you can do. You launch the attacks. Here's the reality: If they work, do something about it.’

I think it's the only way to get the unvarnished truth in security. It's not the huge compliance chart that is not necessarily accurate. 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? ... You should feel good if the best hackers in the world can't break into your network. Otherwise, you're operating without the knowledge of how good your security program is.

 
 
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