Photo - Christian Fredrikson, President & CEO, F-Secure.
Helsinki-headquartered cyber security services provider F-Secure has marked its 10th anniversary in Malaysia with a recommitment to help secure the nation as it embarks upon its next digitisation phase.
Visiting the company's regional headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, F-Secure's global president and chief executive officer, Christian Fredrikson, said: "As we celebrate a memorable milestone in Malaysia today, I am proud to share that over the past decade, we helped ensure Internet freedom and security in the fight against thousands of different malware families."
"This achievement, and the progression of growth in the country underlines our overall strategy of growing from an antivirus company to a cyber security leader," said Fredrikson.
He said that while the demand for cyber security in Malaysia has increased, the increasing number and variety of connected devices and digital services will continue to pose security challenges for both businesses and individuals.
Fredrikson said F-Secure's Malaysia-based Asia Pacific headquarters has contributed a total of RM270 (U$) million to the Malaysian economy in the past decade.
The company will increase its investment efforts in supporting its future plans during the coming years, and to help steer Malaysia toward enjoying a safer digital environment, he said.
A PwC report revealed that 74 percent of SMBs (small and medium businesses) in Malaysia suffered online attacks last year.
As the SMB sector will continue to grow in the next five years, Fredrikson said the severity of threats will also increase.
"Due to the explosive growth in the number of Internet-connected devices both in business and in our private lives, cyber threats will continue to grow rapidly and evolve in both scope and sophistication," he said.
"It has become a crucial need for businesses, especially SMBs, to protect themselves with cutting-edge threat prevention and detection solutions which F-Secure can provide on a holistic level," said Fredrikson.
F-Secure also announced a new release of its flagship endpoint security solution, which reflected a more holistic approach to cyber security, he said.
Fredrikson said the Protection Service for Business solution included new web security features, plus a redesigned management portal for more efficient administration. "So far, this is the only solution on the market with centrally managed computer, mobile and server security with integrated patch management and mobile device management."
"There is still untapped potential for the growth of cyber security in Malaysia, and we look forward to the next decade of defending Malaysians from digital threats through a holistic mix of our deep cyber security expertise, along with our solutions and services," he said.
Founded in 1988, F-Secure is listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd.
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