FireEye CEO Kevin Mandia speaks on cybersecurity last year at the US Naval Academy. Today’s special columnist, Rick Holland of Digital Shadows, offers some insight and actionable advice for security pros about how to respond to Mandia’s announcement yesterday that a nation-state actor had stolen red team tools from FireEye. (Credit: CC PDM 1.0)

Nearly three weeks after announcing a $400 million investment by Blackstone, CEO Kevin Mandia told the world yesterday that FireEye had suffered a breach by a nation with top-tier offensive capabilities.

Mandia said the attackers accessed certain Red Team assessment tools that FireEye uses to test its customers’ security. The tools mimic the behavior of many cyber threat actors and let FireEye deliver essential diagnostic security services to its customers.

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