Commencement Speaker 2015

Commencement Speaker 2015

Kevin Mandia

Kevin Mandia has spent more than 20 years in information security and has been at the forefront of helping organizations prepare for, respond to and contain computer security breaches for nearly 15 years. Mr. Mandia is president of FireEye, Inc., a global network security company that provides real-time threat protection to businesses and governments worldwide against the next generation of cyber attacks.

FireEye has more than 3,100 customers across 67 countries, including more than 200 members of the Fortune 500. Mr. Mandia oversees all FireEye operations, a role he assumed in 2014, when FireEye acquired Mandiant, a company he founded in 2004.

Under his leadership, FireEye is thriving as one of the most influential companies in the cyber defense market, producing sophisticated cyber security software that can identify and block today’s advanced cyberattacks, and helping organizations improve their defense posture to respond to an evolving threat landscape.

Mr. Mandia brought to FireEye an accomplished career in the field of information security.

He began his career in the U.S. Air Force, serving 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, Mr. Mandia served as director of information security for the SYTEX Group, Inc. (later acquired by Lockheed Martin) from 1998 to 2000. From 2000 to 2003, he served as the director of computer forensics at Foundstone (later acquired by McAfee Corporation). In these roles, he helped the organizations address information security challenges, including incident response, computer forensics, law enforcement support, counterintelligence and litigation support.

Prior to joining FireEye, Mr. Mandia served as CEO of Mandiant, and during his 10-year tenure, the company grew to become a leading cyber security firm, with approximately 500 employees and annual revenues of more than $100 million. 

Mr. Mandia is internationally recognized as a pioneer and authority in the information security industry. His expertise, gained from serving on the front lines of major cyber security incidents, is routinely sought after by corporate directors, executives and government officials who face serious cyber security challenges. He has provided expert commentary and analysis on cyber security issues for NBC News, CBS, NPR, Fox News, CNN, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and other national print and broadcast media.  In 2013, Mr. Mandia was profiled in a cover feature in 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.

He has co-authored two books on security breaches, Incident Response: Investigating Computer Crime (McGraw-Hill, 2001) and Incident Response: Performing Computer Forensics (McGraw-Hill, 2003).  

Mr. Mandia has served as adjunct faculty member at The George Washington University and Carnegie Mellon University, where he taught advanced graduate classes on cyber security. He has also developed specialized cyber security curricula for organizations, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Attorney’s Office, United States Secret Service, the United States Air Force and other U.S. government agencies.

He has been honored with many accolades and awards. In 2013, he was recognized by Foreign Policy magazine on its list of “100 Leading Global Thinkers.” In 2011, Mr. Mandia was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Greater Washington region.

Mr. Mandia holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Lafayette College and a master's degree in forensic science from The George Washington University. In 2013, he completed the three-year Harvard Business School Owner/President Management Program.