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FireEye, Inc.
Public company
Industry Computer security
Founded 2004
Founder Ashar Aziz
Headquarters Milpitas, California, United States
Key people
Dave DeWalt (CEO and Chairman of the Board), Ashar Aziz (Founder, Vice Chairman of the Board, CTO, and Chief Strategy Officer)
Products Network security products
Number of employees
1,000+ (2013)
Slogan Next Generation Threat Protection

FireEye, Inc. is a publicly listed US network security company that aims to provide automated threat forensics and dynamic malware protection against advanced cyber threats, such as advanced persistent threats and spear phishing. Founded in 2004, the company is headquartered in Milpitas, California. The company's main product line consists of the Malware Protection System for web security, email security, file security, and malware analysis.

Major investors include Sequoia Capital, Norwest Venture Partners, JAFCO Ventures, SVB Capital, DAG Ventures, Juniper Networks, and In-Q-Tel.[1]

On December 30, 2013, FireEye acquired Mandiant in a stock and cash deal worth in excess of $1 billion.[2]

On May 8, 2014, FireEye acquired company nPulse Technologies for approximately $60 million. nPulse will build on FireEye's ability to detect intrusions in a companies network by making it easier to track the intrusion and better understand its effect on the network. [3]


Dave DeWalt, CEO and Chairman of the Board of FireEye in South Korea, in June 2013

In 2004, Ashar Aziz, an engineer from Sun Microsystems, founded FireEye with venture capital provided by Sequoia Capital.[4] Aziz is the original inventor of the core set of technologies behind the company's main product line, the FireEye Malware Protection System.[5] In 2006, FireEye launched its first product—a switch-based network access control appliance.[6]

In June 2012, former CEO and President of McAfee, Dave DeWalt, joined FireEye as chairman.[7] DeWalt was appointed CEO in November 2012.[7][8]

Products and services[edit]

Central Management System[edit]

The Central Management System (CMS) consolidates the management, reporting, and data sharing of Web MPS, Email MPS, File MPS, and Malware Analysis System (MAS) into a single network-based appliance by acting as a distribution hub for malware security intelligence.

Dynamic Threat Intelligence[edit]

The FireEye Cloud crowd-sources Dynamic Threat Intelligence (DTI) detected by individual FireEye MPS appliances, and automatically distributes this time sensitive zero-day intelligence globally to all subscribed customers in frequent updates. Content Updates include a combination of DTI and FireEye Labs generated intelligence identified through Research efforts.

Cyber actions[edit]


FireEye was involved in the forensic investigation against the Srizbi botnet in 2008.[9][10]


In October/November 2009, FireEye participated in an effort to take down the Mega-D botnet (also known as Ozdok.)[11]


On March 16, 2011, the Rustock botnet was taken down through an action by Microsoft, US federal law enforcement agents, FireEye, and the University of Washington.[12]


In July 2012, FireEye was involved in analysis[13] of the Grum botnet's command and control servers located in the Netherlands, Panama, and Russia.


  1. ^ Hoover, J.Nicholas (November 19, 2009). "In-Q-Tel Joins Forces With FireEye To Fight Cyberthreats". DarkReading. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  2. ^ Perlroth, Nicole; Sanger, David E. (2014-01-02). "FireEye Computer Security Firm Acquires Mandiant". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Miller, Ron. May 8 2014. TechCrunch. FireEye Buys nPulse "Technologies For $60M+ To Beef Up Network Security Suite"
  4. ^ Mitra, Sramana (January 29, 2009). "Barriers To Innovation". Forbes. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  5. ^ "Crunchbase — Ashar Aziz". Crunchbase. 2012-07-18. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  6. ^ Messmer, Ellen (2006-05-02). "Start-up FireEye debuts with virtual-machine security approach". Network World. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  7. ^ a b "FireEye Appoints Board Chairman David DeWalt as Chief Executive Officer" (Press release). FireEye. 2012-11-28. Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  8. ^ Robertson, Jordan (2012-11-28). "Former McAfee Chief DeWalt Named FireEye CEO, Aims for 2013 IPO". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  9. ^ Keizer, Gregg (November 26, 2008). "Massive botnet returns from the dead, starts spamming". Computerworld. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  10. ^ Kiriyama, George (November 11, 2008). "SJ-Based Spammer Unplugged". NBC 11 KNTV. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  11. ^ Cheng, Jacqui (November 11, 2009). "Researchers' well-aimed stone takes down Goliath botnet". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  12. ^ Wingfield, Nick (2011-03-18). "Spam Network Shut Down". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2011-03-18. 
  13. ^ "FireEye Blog | Threat Research, Analysis, and Mitigation". Retrieved 2014-04-12. 

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