Malaysia remains key for F-Secure to stay ahead of cyber criminals

Malaysia remains a key market for F-Secure given the growing cyberthreat landscape which is expected to become more threatening in the coming months.

“The public and private sectors, even consumers, cannot expect the cyberthreat landscape to get safe anytime soon,” said F-Secure Asia-Pacific and Japan  regional director Keith Martin.

“From Ransomware to Data Leaks to State-sponsored cybersecurity incidents, cyberthreats have evolved into a global nexus of individual players, organised syndicates, and even nation-states,” he added.

“With unparalleled access to resources and technology, modern cybercriminals are already using new-age tech to plan and augment their attacks. It is highly likely that the coming months would see several first-of-a-kind security incidences, including AI (artificial intelligence)-driven attacks, Big Data-driven attacks, attacks targeting cloud networks, and cyberespionage endeavours,” he further said.

While the scenario looks grim, there is optimism that the situation would improve over time. This steams from the fact that more forward-looking organisations are changing the way they approach cybersecurity and engaging cybersecurity experts like F-Secure to keep them safe from the “bad guys”.

“Nobody knows cyber security like F-Secure. For three decades, F-Secure has driven innovations in cybersecurity, defending tens of thousands of companies and millions of people,” said Keith.

“With unsurpassed experience in endpoint protection as well as detection and response, F-Secure shields enterprises and consumers against everything from advanced cyberattacks and data breaches to widespread ransomware infections. F-Secure’s sophisticated technology combines the power of machine learning with the human expertise of its world-renowned security labs for a singular approach called Live Security,” he added.

Malaysia of paramount importance for F-Secure’s Asia-Pacific aspirations

In Malaysia, F-Secure has made Malaysia its cybersecurity hub for the Asia-Pacific region. The F-Secure Tower in Bangsar South serves as the base to more than 170 research and development engineers. It is also the company’s only Security Lab outside of Finland.

“Aside from obvious advantages such as an investment friendly government, Malaysia is ideal for the F-Secure’s comprehensive holistic approach to cybersecurity,” said F-Secure regional business manager Yong Meng Hong.

“In addition to the pool of existing local talent, F-Secure partners with Malaysian institutes of higher learning, as well as various government agencies such as MDEC to ensuring the ongoing development of a viable local talent pool,” said Yong.

At its Kuala Lumpur base, security analysts work around the clock, actively tracking malware and cyberthreats in real-time. The Customer Care Center provides 24/7 global support, and security engineers based in the Malaysia F-Secure hub track and analyze hundreds of thousands of threats on a daily basis.

“Malaysia serves as our launch pad towards a greater market share in the Asia-Pacific region. Our confidence in the country is shown through our dedicated facilities here which host a large number of R&D staff,” concluded Keith.

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