Chief Executive Officer
New York, NY
Biography: Kevin Mandia is the founder and chief executive officer of Mandiant. In 2004, Mr. Mandia founded Mandiant to focus on helping organizations detect, respond, and contain computer intrusions – making Mandiant the first company to ever embrace incident response as its core competence. He has spent more than 20 years in information security, and he has been on the front-lines helping organizations respond to computer security breaches for nearly 15 years.
Mr. Mandia began his career in the United States Air Force. He served as a computer security officer in the 7th Communications Group at the Pentagon, and later as a Special Agent in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), where he worked as a Cybercrime Investigator.
In the private sector, Mr. Mandia served as a Director in the security consulting divisions of Sytex (Lockheed Martin) and Foundstone (McAfee). In these roles he helped organizations address information security challenges including incident response, computer forensics, law enforcement support, counterintelligence and litigation support.
Mr. Mandia has co-authored two books on responding to security breaches, “Incident Response: Performing Computer Forensics” (McGraw-Hill, 2003) and “Incident Response: Investigating Computer Crime” (McGraw-Hill, 2001). He provides regular commentary and analysis on cybersecurity issues for national print and broadcast media, including NBC News, CBS, NPR, Fox News, CNN, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He has testified as an expert in federal court, and has also provided testimony in hearings before the House Intelligence Committee.
Mr. Mandia has served as adjunct faculty at George Washington University and Carnegie Mellon University, where he taught advanced graduate classes on cybersecurity. He has also developed specialized cybersecurity curricula for organizations including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Attorney’s Office, United States Secret Service, the United States Air Force and other U.S. government agencies.
Mr. Mandia holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Lafayette College and a Master of Science in forensic science from The George Washington University. In 2011, Mr. Mandia was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Greater Washington area.