Only days after his small consulting firm was acquired for $1 billion (£610 million) by FireEye, Mandiant founder and CEO Kevin Mandia has announced that he is joining the board of directors of anti-phishing training firm PhishMe.
Although officially still onboard with Mandiant as COO, the move suggests that Mandia is looking for new interests post-acquisition. It could be coincidence that his new charge is based not far from Mandiant’s Virginia HQ but the distance from FireEye’s Silicon Valley office is an obvious talking point.
“Kevin is one of the security industry’s top minds. We are honoured to have him joining our Board and I look forward to tapping into his business acumen and industry knowledge as we expand our product portfolio and business operations,” said PhishMe co-founder and CEO, Rohyt Belani.
PhishMe started out as the Intrepidus Group in 2008, taking the name of its corporate phishing training system later on as it honed its marketing. It started offering its programmes in the UK in 2012.
“I am excited to be joining PhishMe’s Board and lending my advice to help the company continue its remarkable growth trajectory,” said Kevin Mandia, revealing little about his precise involvement.
“In today‘s adversarial environment, attackers are targeting people more so than computers. PhishMe is well positioned to not only help organisations manage their employees’ behaviour towards advanced attacks, but also convert their users into active human defenders,” he added by way of explaining his enthusiasm.
Mandia started his career in the US Air Force before joining the computer security wing of the Pentagon and then the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) to carry out cybercrime forensics.