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FireEye CEO Kevin Mandia's 5 Boldest Statements On Nation-State Threats

FireEye CEO Kevin Mandia dishes on the need for standards around offensive cyberoperations, the biggest threats to the 2018 U.S. midterm elections, and which nation-state actor is the most dangerous.

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4. Emails Aren't Private Anymore, And People Shouldn't Treat Them As Such

Mandia responds to every single email he receives the same way, avoiding anything that could be interpreted as an affirmative or negative response and typing just 'Roger' or 'Roger That.' That's because if the most insidious nation-state actors want to gain access to the emails of a CEO or another corporate leader, Mandia said they will almost certainly succeed.

Emails aren't private anymore, and Mandia recommends that people start treating them like they're not. The permanence of the internet means that executives will likely have their career ruined if their emails are stolen and publicly disseminated, Mandia said, even if they didn't write anything that merits such a reaction.

"No one should ever have to go through that. It's one of the most heinous things you can do to somebody, because you've taken all of their private thoughts and thrown them out into the world," Mandia said. "I hope that I'm never that interesting that I become targeted."

 
 
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