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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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7. “Technology gets released faster than our ability or will to secure it and understand the ramifications of how it’s being used for malintent.”

A security gap will always exist for the folks looking to cause harm due to the proliferation of new technology with uncertain security ramifications, according to Mandia. And Mandia said it’s extremely difficult to predict what the next great wave of compromise is going to be.

The gap also persists due to the premium people place on having an anonymous internet since a lot of cultures equate anonymity with privacy and see it as a positive, Mandia said. But from a security standpoint, Mandia said anonymity accentuates the capabilities and influence of those who want to cause malice and harm.

As a result, Mandia said enterprises wake up every day and have to attempt to defend their information, applications, and people against adversaries who could be sitting 10,000 miles away. And from a consumer standpoint, Mandia said people are increasingly wondering if they news they receive is genuine, disingenuous, or intentionally placed there to alter their decision-making process.

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