Mandiant bought by FireEye in $1billion deal

03 Jan, 2014

FireEye (NASDAQ: FEYE), the leader in stopping today’s advanced cyber attacks, announced yesterday (Jan 2) that it has acquired privately held Mandiant, the leading provider of advanced endpoint security products and security incident response management solutions. The acquisition, which recognizes the ever-increasing intensity of cyber attacks and follows nearly two years of collaboration, creates the industry’s leading advanced threat protection vendor with the ability to find and stop attacks at every stage of the attack life cycle. The transaction closed on December 30, 2013.

The combination of FireEye and Mandiant brings together two highly complementary companies, each a recognized leader and innovator in security, and creates an organization uniquely qualified to meet organizations’ needs for real-time detection, contextual threat intelligence, and rapid incident response. FireEye pioneered the use of virtual machine technology in security with the introduction of its purpose-built virtual machine-based Multi-Vector Virtual Execution (MVX) engine. With more than two million virtual machines deployed worldwide, the company’s virtual machine-based Web, email, data center, and mobile security solutions provide real-time, dynamic threat protection to more than 1,500 government, enterprise, and small and mid-sized customers.

Mandiant is an acknowledged leader in endpoint security, incident response, and remediation, with more than two million endpoints installed globally. As a trusted security advisor to more than one-third of the Fortune 100, Mandiant’s experts have responded to hundreds of high-profile security incidents and bring deep security and incident response expertise to FireEye. The combined organization unifies the critical components required to provide state-of-the-art cyber security: the most complete library of actionable threat intelligence on advanced threats and a product suite that can apply that intelligence to detect and prevent attacks on both the network and on endpoints.

This powerful combination of security products and threat intelligence is enhanced by expert security consulting, incident response, and managed security services enabling organizations to improve their security posture and resolve security incidents whenever and wherever they arise.

“Organizations today are faced with knitting together a patchwork of point products and services to protect their assets from advanced threats,” said David DeWalt, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of FireEye. “Together, the size and global reach of FireEye and Mandiant will enable us to innovate faster, create a more comprehensive solution, and deliver it to organizations around the world at a pace that is unmatched by other security vendors.”

Mandiant expands FireEye’s ability to stop advanced attacks at the earliest phases of the attack life cycle with:

  • Endpoint Threat Detection, Response, and Remediation Products
    Mandiant pioneered and continues to lead the industry for endpoint-based advanced threat detection and response. Mandiant’s endpoint products, which are already integrated with the FireEye platform, enable security teams to make faster, more accurate decisions about potential security incidents while eliminating blind spots by connecting the dots with the FireEye network-based threat detection and prevention platform.
  • Advanced Threat Intelligence
    Mandiant brings unrivaled depth in intelligence on next-generation attacks, which is continually gathered from ongoing monitoring of more than two million endpoints and by incident response and remediation teams who serve on the front lines combating the most advanced attacks. When this depth of threat intelligence is paired with the breadth of the FireEye real-time threat intelligence gathered from more than two million virtual machines, organizations will have unmatched detection and contextual information about attempted attacks, including the level of risk, the identity of the attackers, and the intended target of the attack.
  • Incident Response and Security Consulting Services
    Endpoint protection, security incident response, and remediation have been Mandiant’s primary focus and expertise since its inception. Mandiant’s extensive team of highly skilled incident response experts has performed hundreds of incident response investigations across all industries and at organizations of all sizes. In addition, Mandiant brings its Mandiant Managed Defense monitoring service to FireEye. The addition of these skills and expertise significantly expand the ability of FireEye to offer value-added services on the FireEye Oculus platform.

Mandiant has been a strategic alliance partner of FireEye since April 2012. The combination of the two companies is a natural extension of this partnership and their integrated product offering, which both companies announced in February 2013.

Kevin Mandia, Mandiant’s founder and chief executive officer prior to the acquisition, has been appointed by the FireEye board of directors to the position of senior vice president and chief operating officer of FireEye. Mr. Mandia has been profiled on the cover of Fortune magazine and recognized by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the 100 leading global thinkers of 2013.

“The combination of FireEye and Mandiant will deliver end-to-end protection and meaningful value to customers,” said Mr. Mandia. “By joining FireEye and Mandiant, we will be able to deliver fully integrated products and services that help organizations protect themselves from attacks. The combined product portfolio will cover all the major attack points within an organization, and our expanded services capacity will allow us to quickly pivot to incident response when necessary to reduce the impact of security breaches.”

Mandiant will be integrated with FireEye to provide global services and cloud solutions, including security consulting, incident response, and managed services. Mandiant’s endpoint threat detection and response products will be incorporated as a core element of the FireEye Oculus platform.

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