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Kevin Mandia’s 10 Scariest Statements At FireEye Cyber Defense Summit

FireEye CEO Kevin Mandia dishes on why deepfakes will erode public confidence, why researchers are struggling to find the initial victim of cyberattacks, and why cyber espionage is here to stay.

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10. “There’s really no rules. Nobody knows what you can do in cyber when you develop an offensive capability.”

The rules of engagement in cyberspace remain uncertain despite decades of offensive activity in the space, Mandia said. Virtually every nation is learning how to use cyber tools for espionage, but each brings its own culture, laws, perceived enemies, desires and agendas to the table, according to Mandia.

In recent years, Mandia said Russia’s hacking of an election campaign to take and leak documents has ushered in a new era of disinformation campaigns. And in 2017, Mandia said FireEye saw more intruders representing the interest of Iran coming onto the scene.

Thus far, Mandia said there have been a few rules in the playground that no nation has broken when going offensive in cyberspace, but there’s no certainty that’s going to continue.

“Everybody is wondering where’s that boundary of intolerance, where’s that red line in cyberspace,” Mandia said.

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