Kevin Mandia

Kevin Mandia

Strategic Partner

"Cultivating a new mindset that results in new approaches to cyber technology is what excites me about being a part of Ballistic Ventures."
Kevin Mandia Flashback - Ballistic Ventures

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Before the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence circa — 2017

Backstory

Kevin Mandia is one of the world’s most recognized experts in cybersecurity and a relentless warrior deeply engaged in fighting cyber threats for more than 30 years. As Co-founder and Strategic Partner of Ballistic Ventures, he mentors entrepreneurs on their journey, leveraging his extensive knowledge of the threat landscape and strengths as a successful founder and CEO.

Kevin has served as the CEO of Mandiant since 2016, including through its corporate name change from FireEye, Inc. to Mandiant, Inc. in 2021, and through a successful acquisition by Google in 2022. He has spent more than 25 years in information security helping make organizations secure from cyber threats. In addition to serving as the CEO and a board member of Mandiant and as a board member of the CISA Cybersecurity Advisory Committee, Kevin has held senior positions in the security consulting divisions of Sytex, acquired by Lockheed Martin, and Foundstone, acquired by McAfee.

In the United States Air Force, Kevin served as a computer security officer at the Pentagon, and later a special agent in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. He holds a BS in computer science from Lafayette College and an MS in forensic science from The George Washington University.

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Before the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence circa — 2017

Fun fact

Country rancher meets public sector guru.

Founder’s experience

“The Ballistic Ventures team is hands down the right partners for cybersecurity entrepreneurs. The collective operating and investing experience they have focused on security is unparalleled.”

Founder’s experience

“The team at Ballistic has been an early supporter of our business – very much building from day zero. We’re lucky to have them in our court as we build an enduring business.”

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Investments at Ballistic

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  • Outcome Acquired by Palo Alto Networks
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  • Outcome Private
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Founded, funded, or operated prior to Ballistic

  • Engagement Advisory Board Member
  • Outcome Ongoing tenure
  • Partnered in 2021
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  • Engagement Board Member
  • Outcome Acquired by Arista
  • Partnered in 2019
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  • Engagement Board Member
  • Outcome Acquired by F5
  • Partnered in 2017
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  • Engagement Board Member
  • Outcome Acquired by Twilio
  • Partnered in 2015
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  • Engagement Investor/Board Member
  • Outcome Private
  • Partnered in 2014
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  • Engagement SVP, COO, CEO
  • Outcome Acquired by Symphony Technology Group
  • Partnered in 2013
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  • Engagement Founder/CEO
  • Outcome Acquired by FireEye
  • Partnered in 2004
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  • Engagement Director of Computer Forensics
  • Outcome Acquired by McAfee Corporation
  • Partnered in 2000
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