Are We Winning the Cyberwar? The Arms Race: Keynotes by Mikko Hyppönen, CRO F-Secure

At Web Summit 2015, Mikko explained the global arms race in cybercrime and what can be done to win the war

Author: Philipp Rogmann
Date: 14.12.2015
Read Time: 2 Minutes

The race for cyber security is a global arms race between cybercriminals and security companies. And it is a race that never ends, it does not get interrupted, it just goes on – with massive amounts of investments on both sides, much like the Cold War. Still, as Mikko Hyppönen, CRO of F-Secure, illustrates: the attackers are likely to have the upper hand if companies let them. He explains why the war is so unfair, that the attackers have access to all the weapons that companies can use to protect themselves. They can analyse and find weaknesses and use tailor-made approaches to breach systems and software solutions. Mikko’s first step to a solution or a more balanced arms race is research. Research to find the real motives that cybercriminals have, what they are after and how they are positioned. Only then we are able to start defending ourselves.

Successful steps to harden the defenses

One of the unfair advantages that cybercriminals worldwide have today, is that – everytime a new device or protection software is built – they can reverse engineer the software and find all the defenses that are embedded. They can then start building ways to surpass the defense mechanisms or how to go around them.

In Mikko’s first keynote – titled “The Online Arms Race” – you will not only hear a lot about motives and protection, you will learn about tie-ins with real world wars when it comes to cybercrime, you will learn about privacy and new methods of finding malware code before it even reaches it final destination and much more.

Winning the fight, but losing the war?

In his second keynote at Web Summit 2015, Mikko Hyppönen spoke about hidden costs that often pop up when it comes to cyber security. He also outlines how everyone, who is really concerned about computer security, and the developers of security software have to learn new ways to tackle the problems that arise from worldwide cybercrime.

“We are failing to protect our online security, we are failing to protect our online privacy. In fact, things are probably getting worse, not better.” – Mikko Hyppönen, CRO F-Secure

In the keynote you will learn what the Canadian government did in order to get a cyber advantage over ISIS, how the fight between defenders and attackers costs more and more and what can be done to get the upper hand and not lose the overall war.


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