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FireEye names former Symantec VP to lead APAC

FireEye names former Symantec VP to lead APAC

New president to oversee business operations and sales across the Asia Pacific region

FireEye names new president, Asia Pacific, Eric Hoh.

FireEye names new president, Asia Pacific, Eric Hoh.

FireEye has appointed former Symantec vice president, Eric Hoh, president of its Asia Pacific and Japan operations.

In his new role, Hoh oversees FireEye’s business operations and sales across the Asia Pacific region.

He is based at the company’s regional headquarters in Singapore and the first to hold the role.

He most recently led Symantec’s regional sales in Asia South and Korea.

Prior to Symantec, he held sales leadership roles with Veritas Software and Seagate Software.

FireEye chairman and chief executive, Dave DeWalt, said Asia Pacific organisations were more likely to be attacked than their counterparts around the world because of regional political tensions, growing economic influence and industries like manufacturing and high-tech all attracting the attention of advanced threat groups.

"FireEye is expanding rapidly in the region and Eric’s experience, passion for security and deep knowledge of these diverse markets make him an ideal leader to grow our Asia Pacific team,” he said.

“Whether organisations are in Sydney, Bangkok or Tokyo, they are facing a new onslaught of sophisticated cyber attacks that easily bypass traditional security solutions and put their most valuable intellectual property at risk.

"FireEye is bringing together the right mix of technology, intelligence and expertise to deliver a cyber defence strategy that organisations in this region can deploy to stay secure in the face of the most advanced attacks."

According to FireEye, with the Asia Pacific region’s dynamic geopolitics and rapid economic growth, state-sponsored threat groups routinely target and breach organisations within every country in the region.

These groups steal proprietary information to gain advantage in commerce and national security.

From July to December 2014, a recent report from FireEye found 37 percent of organisations surveyed in the region had been breached by Advanced Persistent Threat groups.

In the mostly highly targeted countries such as South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan, their breach rates all exceeded 50 percent, significantly higher than the global average of 27 percent.

Since it began Asia Pacific operations in Australia in 2010, FireEye has grown its regional presence to more than 350 employees including a Research & Development Centre in Bangalore and a joint Singtel-FireEye Advanced Security Operations Centre in Singapore, which opened in February 2015.

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