FireEye Announces Endpoint Exploit Prevention, Anti-Virus Replacement

Anti-virus integration, exploit guard enhancements, and Mac support to offer an endpoint protection platform in 2017 via free subscriber updates.

February 15, 2017

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MILPITAS, Calif. – FireEye, Inc. (NASDAQ: FEYE), the intelligence-led security company, today announced several enhancements to its endpoint security solution designed to offer unparalleled protection from threats missed by legacy and next-generation endpoint solutions. Utilizing the behavioral analysis capabilities of Exploit Guard, Endpoint Security now adds the prevention capabilities needed to quickly detect and respond to threats against Microsoft Windows. With this latest release, FireEye® Endpoint Security also adds support for macOS endpoints. These new capabilities are generally available to customers around the world today.

These exploit prevention capabilities are the first of several major, no-cost upgrades for FireEye Endpoint Security customers in 2017 – providing them a comprehensive Endpoint Protection Platform (EPP). Additional 2017 enhancements will include industry-leading anti-virus (AV) capabilities for known malware protection, virtual and cloud form factors, expanded behavioral analysis and machine learning capabilities to protect against unknown malware and exploits, and Linux support for server coverage.

Unlike traditional and next-generation endpoint solutions, FireEye Endpoint Security is built to speed up and simplify endpoint protection and response with high-fidelity alerts, context from FireEye iSIGHT® Intelligence, and forensic and investigation capabilities scaled to hundreds of thousands of endpoints. This seamless integration of prevention, detection and response capabilities in a single agent also greatly simplifies the customer deployment and lowers the performance impact on the endpoint.

"The endpoint has always been the most reliable source of truth for us and our customers. With over a decade of experience responding to some of the largest breaches in the world, we see where other products fail and can codify that intelligence into a comprehensive endpoint solution focused on simplicity and speed. The investments we are making in 2017 for our customers in Endpoint Security are significant, as it is a core component of the FireEye Helix™ platform and a huge opportunity for our business," said Kevin Mandia, CEO, FireEye.

"FireEye is focused on developing a complete solution for our customers that reduces the multitude of agents running on their endpoints. This helps improve reliability and performance while simplifying and accelerating our customers’ ability to respond to threats," said Grady Summers, CTO, FireEye. "Endpoint Security is already a proven leader in Endpoint Detection Response (EDR), and the addition of prevention in Exploit Guard with anti-virus solidifies that. Most importantly, our ability to take threat intelligence and rapidly turn that into new protections and features – such as with recent Shamoon 2.0 attacks – allows us to deliver the only Endpoint Protection Platform able to detect, prevent and respond to the threats others miss."

Prevention Powered by High-Fidelity Detection

Endpoint Security incorporates the intelligence-led detection and prevention capabilities that FireEye is well-known for in Network Security and applies these capabilities to the exploit prevention functionality in Endpoint Security. This approach complements FireEye’s leading EDR capabilities and enables faster incident response for our customers. The behavioral analysis engine that powers the new Exploit Guard prevention capability has shown in testing that it can detect and block 100 percent of the previously unknown exploits – without signatures or indicators – that were publicly reported in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

FireEye Endpoint Security safeguards against the threats missed by legacy and next-generation endpoint security products. And, with granular visibility into endpoint activity, security teams have the added benefit of being able to detail any incident in-depth, resulting in a real-time, intelligence-led endpoint response.

Powerful Anti-Virus Capabilities

FireEye has entered an OEM relationship with a leading anti-virus solution to deliver customers comprehensive, simplified endpoint protection from threats – known and unknown – to further simplify security operations at no additional cost. Unlike many legacy or next-generation anti-virus solutions, customers will benefit from the advanced detection and response capabilities developed by and for the Mandiant® Incident Response team and the context of these threats by FireEye iSIGHT Intelligence. This context helps prioritize and triage threats, giving security teams time to focus on more proactive work.

The integration of anti-virus is expected to occur during the first quarter of 2017 with additional progressive roll-out of other detection and prevention capabilities in the first half of 2017.

Scalable, Differentiated Endpoint for Channel Partners

For FireEye Partners, Endpoint Security can replace customer legacy endpoint products with a single agent that addresses compliance requirements. The endpoint security market is estimated by some to grow to more than $17B USD by 2020, representing a significant opportunity for channel partners worldwide. Partners can further differentiate Endpoint Security with FireEye by adding the powerful simplicity of Helix and a "single plane of glass" to process all their security alerts from all their products and focus on what matters most.

"Our endpoint solution gives our partners the best technology and a simplified sales process that demonstrates the value of working with FireEye," said Chris Carter, VP of channels at FireEye. "We're evolving quickly to be more channel friendly, and we'll look to our partners to drive products like endpoint and Helix into the market where they can make a difference for customers on the front lines."

For more information about these exciting new updates to FireEye Endpoint Security, watch our YouTube video or visit the FireEye blog.

About FireEye, Inc. 

FireEye is the intelligence-led security company. Working as a seamless, scalable extension of customer security operations, FireEye offers a single platform that blends innovative security technologies, nation-state grade threat intelligence, and world-renowned Mandiant consulting.  With this approach, FireEye eliminates the complexity and burden of cyber security for organizations struggling to prepare for, prevent, and respond to cyber attacks. FireEye has over 5,600 customers across 67 countries, including more than 40 percent of the Forbes Global 2000.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements related to the expectations, beliefs, features, capabilities, benefits and availability of FireEye Endpoint Security and enhancements and technologiy integrations with respect thereto, and statements related to opportunities for FireEye and its channel partners. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions which, if they do not fully materialize or prove incorrect, could cause the performance of these new platforms and FireEye's results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties that could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include customer demand and adoption of FireEye's products or services or offerings associated with FireEye's partnerships; real or perceived defects, errors or vulnerabilities in FireEye's products or services or offerings associated with FireEye's partnerships; the ability of FireEye to retain and recruit highly experienced and qualified personnel; FireEye's ability to react to trends and challenges in its business and the markets in which it operates; FireEye's ability to anticipate market needs or develop and deliver new or enhanced products and services to meet those needs; the ability of FireEye and its partners to execute their strategies, plans, objectives and expected investments with respect to FireEye's partnerships; and general market, political, economic, and business conditions; as well as those risks and uncertainties included under the captions "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations," in FireEye's Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 4, 2016, which is available on the Investor Relations section of the company's website at and on the SEC website at All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to the company as of the date hereof, and FireEye does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking statements provided to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made. Any future product, service, feature, benefit or related specification that may be referenced in this release is for information purposes only and is not a commitment to deliver any technology or enhancement. FireEye reserves the right to modify future product and services plans at any time.

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