Fighting Cyberthreats With FireEye

A cybersecurity leader with CIA ties tries to expand abroad
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Jan. 12, 2010, could go down as the day any illusion that the Web was a safe place to do business died. That was the day Google announced that it and several other tech companies had been attacked by Chinese hackers, who pilfered source code and other secrets. It was an especially bleak day for David DeWalt, then chief executive officer of McAfee, the maker of the popular antivirus software that failed to detect the attacks. Later that year, he managed to sell McAfee to Intel for $7.7 billion, but by then it was clear that old-school cyberprotection could no longer be counted upon to stop spies and hackers. DeWalt eventually moved on to become CEO and chairman of FireEye, another Silicon Valley security company that has come up with an entirely different way to protect people’s data.

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