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FireEye Supports Cyber Security Non-Profits with NAVWAR AI Challenge Earnings

Earlier this month at WEST 2020, one of the premier naval conferences and exhibitions, the US Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) named FireEye Endpoint Security as the first-place winner of its Artificial Intelligence Applications to Autonomous Cybersecurity Challenge (AI ATAC).

NAVWAR rated endpoint security solutions on a number of criteria, exploring the capability for endpoint security products to incorporate machine learning and artificial intelligence models to protect and detect indicators of compromise from various advanced malware strains. The testing specifically looked at the total cost to an organization of deploying an endpoint protection solution, including the employee cost impact relative to responding to a potential breach. Simply put, the quicker and more accurately a solution found and stopped sophisticated malware, the higher the rating.

FireEye put forward our endpoint security solution with our machine learning (ML) engine called MalwareGuard. This ML technology was developed through a two-year project using the copious library of threats discovered by FireEye Mandiant consultants on the frontlines of responding to significant incidents. By training with this library, MalwareGuard is able to predict whether a Windows executable is likely malicious prior to execution and can therefore prevent malware from even gaining a foothold.    

We are proud to be able to say that in a head-to-head with many of the industry’s leading endpoint protection vendors FireEye Endpoint Security was rated as most effective.

(From left to right) Rear Admiral Christian "Boris" Becker - Commander, Naval Information Warfare Systems Command; Michelle Salvado, VP & GM Endpoint, FireEye; Jim Waggoner, Sr. Director Endpoint, FireEye; Bill Robbins - EVP, Chief Revenue Officer & GM of Product, FireEye

We are honored to be recognized by NAVWAR for the overall power of our endpoint solution. However, taking first place in this exciting competition also meant FireEye was awarded $100,000.

This award presented us with an opportunity to extend our community reach. We knew we wanted to identify non-profit organizations that helped introduce cyber security and technology knowledge opportunities to children at an earlier age. We also wanted to help those who are less fortunate, as we looked to encourage diversity in our industry. To address the skills shortage in cyber security, we collectively need to help build the pipeline for our future.

Aligned with this mission, FireEye is donating to two incredible charities: NW Cyber Camp and the Rural Technology Fund.

  • NW Cyber Camp introduces students in 9th through 12th grade with a one-week introduction to defending computer systems and networks from cyber attacks, breaches and malware. Students also have the opportunity to hear from industry experts and guest speakers, in addition to getting to talk one-on-one with local cyber security professionals and businesses. FireEye is donating toward sponsoring spots for motivated students in need to attend this important camp.
  • Rural Technology Fund (RTF) seeks to help students recognize opportunities in technology careers and gain the education necessary to work in the computer industry. We love what RTF is doing to help shrink the digital divide between rural and non-rural communities. FireEye is donating toward the continued success of RTF, including but not limited to the promotion of targeted scholarship opportunities, classroom technology resources and technology education advocacy.

For further details, including how to get involved, check out the NW Cyber Camp and the Rural Technology Fund websites.