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FireEye Unveils Helix Platform to Streamline Security Operations

Just weeks after launching new cloud-based network security and threat intelligence offerings, FireEye on Tuesday unveiled a new platform designed to help customers efficiently integrate and automate security operations functions.

Dubbed FireEye Helix, the platform leverages FireEye’s threat detection capabilities combined with technologies and expertise gained from its investments in iSIGHT Partners, Invotas and Mandiant.

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Deployed via public or private cloud, or on premise, Helix helps accelerate incident response with automation and orchestration by leveraging detection capabilities from FireEye’s Endpoint Security (HX) and Network Security (NX) engines, along with FireEye iSIGHT Intelligence.

Described by FireEye as an “intelligence-led” platform, the Company says Helix was designed to dramatically reduce the resources required to manage false alerts (false positives) generated from security solutions such as next generation firewalls, endpoint security, and intrusion prevention systems (IPS).  

Shortly after snapping up threat intelligence firm iSIGHT Partners for roughly $275 million in January 2016, FireEye announced its acquisition of Invotas International, a privately held provider of security automation and orchestration software. In May, FireEye announced Security Orchestrator, the first product resulting from the union of the two firms. 

As FireEye’s own Joshua Goldfarb noted in a recent SecurityWeek column, the “alert-driven model” for security operations isn’t working anymore for anyone. This is something FireEye hopes to address with the release of Helix.

“After more than two decades responding to the largest breaches in the world, it is clear that threats have evolved to actively exploit the detection and process failures in security operations that slow response,” Kevin Mandia, CEO of FireEye, said in a statment.

The Helix platform was unveiled at FireEye’s Cyber Defense Summit this week in Washington, D.C., and is currently available through a limited early adopter program with general availability scheduled for late Q1 2017.

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For more than 10 years, Mike Lennon has been closely monitoring the threat landscape and analyzing trends in the National Security and enterprise cybersecurity space. In his role at SecurityWeek, he oversees the editorial direction of the publication and is the Director of several leading security industry conferences around the world.