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CIA Investment Firm Announces Strategic Partnership with FireEye, Inc. Malware Protection

In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s investment firm, announced a strategic partnership with FireEye, Inc. on Friday to expand its cyber security product development and stealth malware capabilities in protecting against cyber threats. FireEye was founded in 2004 and currently has several patents pending focusing on their unique “virtual victim machine” method of detecting malware. The method has an extremely low (almost zero) false positive rate when detecting attacks which is critical to maintaining confidence and productivity within organizations affected by malware.

How FireEye works: 1) Web & network traffic is mirrored, 2) Suspicious traffic is identified using techniques to maximize detection of stealth malware, 3) Suspicious traffic is replayed into virtual machines to eliminate false positives & confirm malicious infection taking place, 4) Malware is fingerprinted, shared, & automated alerts are issued. Image from

While specific terms of the agreement have not been disclosed, T.J. Rylander, a Partner at In-Q-Tel, stated that “FireEye is a critical addition to our strategic investment portfolio for security technologies…and its approach to detecting and defeating malware is unique and potentially game changing.”

Since its inception in 1999, In-Q-Tel has been tasked with seeking out and establishing connections between the CIA and technology innovators within the private sector. In-Q-Tel’s mission is to “discover, adapt, and deliver” leading edge commercial technologies that can enable the CIA’s and the broader U.S. Intelligence Community’s intelligence work.

Read the press release at In-Q-Tel.


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