Mandiant Names Dave Merkel Chief Technology Officer
Merkel will be responsible for product development, technology partnerships, solution innovation, competitive differentiation and the delivery of advanced threat detection and response solutions for the enterprise.
Mandiant, the leader in advanced threat detection and response solutions and services, today appointed Dave Merkel to Chief Technology Officer. Merkel will continue to lead the Products organization and serve as a member of the Mandiant executive management team.
In his new role as CTO, Merkel will be responsible for product development, technology partnerships, solution innovation, competitive differentiation and the delivery of advanced threat detection and response solutions for the enterprise. Merkel joined Mandiant in 2006, following seven years directing security operations at America Online (AOL). He has worked in the information security industry and within the world of incident response for more than 15 years, including service as a federal agent in the United States Air Force. “There was no question we had the best fit for a CTO right here on staff and we look forward to Dave’s continued impact and success in his new role as CTO,” said Mandiant President Travis Reese.
Merkel said hiring outstanding engineering talent remains a top priority as Mandiant is in the midst of scaling its solutions and services to meet surging demand for advanced threat detection and response solutions.
“Our success will continue to be driven by the innovation and intelligence of our product development team,” Merkel said. “We look forward to attracting more of the best and brightest engineering talent to Mandiant, and to delivering the most effective threat detection and response services in the market.”
Merkel has held security clearances at Top Secret and higher. He is quoted frequently in the media and regularly presents his views at leading industry conferences. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
About FireEye, Inc.
FireEye has invented a purpose-built, virtual machine-based security platform that provides real-time threat protection to enterprises and governments worldwide against the next generation of cyber attacks. These highly sophisticated cyber attacks easily circumvent traditional signature-based defenses, such as next-generation firewalls, IPS, anti-virus, and gateways. The FireEye Threat Prevention Platform provides real-time, dynamic threat protection without the use of signatures to protect an organization across the primary threat vectors and across the different stages of an attack life cycle. The core of the FireEye platform is a virtual execution engine, complemented by dynamic threat intelligence, to identify and block cyber attacks in real time. FireEye has over 2,500 customers across 65 countries, including over 150 of the Fortune 500.
Mandiant, a FireEye company, has driven threat actors out of the computer networks and endpoints of hundreds of clients across every major industry. We are the go-to organization for the Fortune 500 and government agencies that want to defend against and respond to critical security incidents of all kinds. When intrusions are successful, Mandiant’s security consulting services – backed up by threat intelligence and technology from FireEye – help organizations respond and resecure their networks.
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