Cyber security requires man and machine, says F-Secure

Like other cyber security firms, Finland’s F-Secure is building an artificial intelligence capability into its products and services, but says this is no replacement for cyber security professionals.

A combination of humans and machines offers a “unique competitive advantage”, according to Jyrki Tulokas, executive vice-president at F-Secure, one of the largest cyber security firms in Europe.

“We protect customers not only through technology, but also by having the best people in the industry who understand the security landscape to assess customers’ IT security and the security of their products,” he said.

F-Secure believes that working with organisations to understand their particular security challenges enables the company to deliver better cyber security products and services.

“We believe that without having that continuous work with customers, it is impossible to build the most effective artificial intelligence and products,” said Tulokas.

The demand for cyber security, he said, continues to be driven by cyber attacks, but one of the biggest changes in recent years is the emergence of new regulations such as the European Union’s (EU’s) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

“GDPR compliance is causing a lot of issues for some of our customers, but in addition there are nation states trying to influence the politics of other countries through cyber attacks and new security and compliance challenges are arising from organisations moving workloads to the cloud,” said Tulokas.

“Another driver across all of these trends is digitalisation, with just about every company trying to introduce digital services and connect their businesses somehow to the digital world. But this creates a lot of potential problems, such as keeping track of their data and ensuring that it is secure.”

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