Kevin Mandia is the president and director of the Board of FireEye, a global cyber security company that protects organizations from cyber attacks. FireEye’s customers include over 200 of the Fortune 500 and major government organizations around the world. As president, he helps organizations prepare for and respond to cyber attacks. His experience gained serving on the front lines of major cyber security incidents is routinely requested by corporate directors, executives, and government officials who face serious cyber security challenges.
Prior to serving as FireEye’s president, Mandia founded Mandiant Corporation and served as CEO for 10 years. As CEO, he grew a profitable, self-funded organization to approximately 500 employees and over $100M in revenue. FireEye acquired Mandiant for approximately $1 billion.
Mandia began his career in the United States Air Force. He served as a computer security officer in the 7th Communications Group at the Pentagon, and later as a special agent in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), where he worked as a cybercrime investigator.
In the private sector, Mandia served as a director in the security consulting divisions of Sytex (Lockheed Martin) and Foundstone (McAfee). In these roles, he helped organizations address information security challenges including incident response, computer forensics, law enforcement support, counterintelligence and litigation support.
Mandia has co-authored two books on responding to security breaches, Incident Response: Performing Computer Forensics (McGraw-Hill, 2003) and Incident Response: Investigating Computer Crime (McGraw-Hill, 2001). He provides regular commentary and analysis on cyber security issues for national print and broadcast media, including NBC News, CBS, NPR, Fox News, CNN, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and has been profiled on the cover of Fortune magazine. He has testified as an expert in U.S. federal court, and has also provided testimony in hearings before the U.S. House and Senate intelligence committees. In 2013, he was recognized by Foreign Policy as a Leading Global Thinker.
Mandia has taught advanced graduate classes on cyber security at both the George Washington University and Carnegie Mellon University. He has also developed specialized cyber security curricula for organizations including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Attorney’s Office, United States Secret Service, the United States Air Force and other U.S. government agencies.
Mandia holds a bachelor of science in computer science from Lafayette College and a Master of Science degree in forensic science from the George Washington University. He completed the three-year Harvard Business School Owner/President Management Program in February of 2013. In 2011, he was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Greater Washington area.