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Ashar Aziz  

Chairman and CEO at SkyElectric, Inc

Founded in 2004, the company is headquartered in Milpitas, California. The company's main product line consists of the Malware Protection System for web security, email security, file security, and malware analysis.

The company has been involved with dismantling cybercriminal infrastructure, including some of the world's largest botnets as well as web hosting provider McColo, which was responsible for a significant amount of malware and botnets. FireEye also produces "Malware Intelligence Lab," an industry security blog covering the latest trends in cybercrime, Web 2.0 attacks, Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs), and malware.

FireEye is a privately owned company whose major investors include Sequoia Capital, Norwest Venture Partners, JAFCO Ventures, SVB Capital, DAG Ventures, Juniper Networks, and In-Q-Tel. As of 2012, FireEye has raised over $51 million in venture capital funding. FireEye customers include Sallie Mae, Equifax, Juniper Networks, Heartland Payment Systems, Canaras Capital, San Francisco State University, Santa Barbara City College, and Connecticut College.

In 2012, the company was named Silicon Valley's hottest security start-up, and was ranked the fourth fastest growing company in North America on the Deloitte 2012 Technology Fast 500.

In 2013, FireEye announced it raised a new round of $50 million in venture funding. This brings the total funding to-date to more than $100 million. The latest funding round included new and existing investors — Sequoia Capital, Norwest Venture Partners, Goldman Sachs, Juniper Networks, Silicon Valley Bank, and others.

In 2004, Ashar Aziz, an engineer from Sun Microsystems, founded FireEye with venture capital provided by Sequoia Capital. Aziz is original inventor of the core set of technologies behind the company's main product line, the FireEye Malware Protection System. In 2006, FireEye launched its first product—a switch-based network access control appliance.

Throughout 2012, FireEye announced a number of industry partnerships with companies such as HP, Splunk, Blue Coat, McAfee, and RSA.In June 2012, former CEO and President of McAfee, Dave DeWalt, announced that he had joined FireEye as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

DeWalt was later appointed CEO of the company in November 2012.Upon joining as CEO, DeWalt announced that FireEye had more than 400 employees and more than $100 million in annual bookings.

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