FireEye acquires Mandiant

FireEye, the leader in stopping advanced cyber attacks, announced today 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,” added DeWalt.

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.

“The combination of FireEye and Mandiant will deliver end-to-end protection and meaningful value to customers,” said 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,” added Mandia.

The acquisition was approved by the shareholders of Mandiant and the boards of directors of both companies. Under the terms of the merger agreement, FireEye will issue an aggregate of 21.5 million shares and options to purchase shares of FireEye stock and pay approximately $106.5 million of net cash in the transaction to the former Mandiant security holders.

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