Monday, 30 March 2015 16:03

Hoh crosses from Symantec to FireEye

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Eric Hoh, FireEye President Asia pacific Japan Eric Hoh, FireEye President Asia pacific Japan

Security vendor FireEye has appointed former Symantec senior sales executive Eric Hoh as the first president of its Asia Pacific Japan business.

A 20 year IT industry veteran, Hoh is based at FireEye’s regional headquarters in Singapore and is the first to hold the role, overseeing FireEye’s business operations and sales across the Asia Pacific region.

Hoh most recently led Symantec’s regional sales in Asia South and Korea and, prior to that, held sales leadership roles with Veritas Software and Seagate Software.

“Asia Pacific organisations are 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 attract 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,” said Dave DeWalt, FireEye Chairman and CEO.

Hoh 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 Hoh, 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.

Hoh said these groups steal proprietary information to gain advantage in commerce and national security, and he cites a FireEye report from July to December 2014, which found that 37%  of organisations surveyed in the region had been breached by Advanced Persistent Threat groups. In the mostly highly targeted countries such as Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan, their breach rates all exceeded 50%, significantly higher than the global average of 27%.

Hoh said that since it began Asia Pacific operations in Australia in 2010, FireEye has grown its regional presence from a single employee to over 350 employees including a Research & Development Centre in Bangalore and a joint Singtel-FireEye Advanced Security Operations Centre in Singapore, which opened in February this year.

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