2014 Congressional Staff Technology Tour

On May 28, 2014, the Center for Public Policy Innovation (CPPI) hosted a bipartisan Congressional tour of two leading cybersecurity companies in Northern Virginia – FireEye and Symantec. Congressmen Ted Deutch (D-FL-21); Blake Farenthold (R-TX-27); Tom Marino (R-PA-10); and Jared Polis (D-CO-2) (pictured left) had a chance to meet with top industry cyber experts to better understand vulnerabilities and methods of deterrence. Education is a critical element to forming consensus around cyber policy, and CPPI is committed to fostering the necessary dialogue between industry and government officials.

FireEye – Reston

FireEye has invented a purpose-built, virtual machine-based security platform that provides real-time threat protection to enterprises and governments worldwide against the next generation of cyber-attacks. These highly sophisticated cyber-attacks easily circumvent traditional signature-based defenses, such as next-generation firewalls, IPS, anti-virus, and gateways.

The FireEye Threat Prevention Platform provides real-time, dynamic threat protection without the use of signatures to protect an organization across the primary threat vectors, including Web, email, and files and across the different stages of an attack life cycle. The core of the FireEye platform is a virtual execution engine, complemented by dynamic threat intelligence, to identify and block cyber-attacks in real time. FireEye has over 1,100 customers across more than 40 countries, including over 100 of the Fortune 500.

Symantec Security Operations Center – Herndon

Symantec has established some of the most comprehensive sources of Internet threat data in the world through the Symantec Global Intelligence Network. This network captures worldwide security intelligence data that gives Symantec analysts’ unparalleled sources of data to identify and analyze, to deliver protection and provide informed commentary on emerging trends in attacks, malicious code activity, phishing and spam.

Symantec’s Security Operations Center, or SOC, serves as the cutting-edge, state-of-the-art war room for Symantec’s security analysts and engineers. The Virginia SOC is the largest of five such facilities operated by Symantec worldwide with the others located in Japan, Germany, England, and Australia. These centers are the first line of defense in the war against online threats. The SOC is in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Analysts work on three rotating eight-hour shifts daily to ensure that monitoring continues consistently and security incidents are dealt with in real-time as they happen.