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F-Secure Leads Internet Security Industry in Developing ‘In-The-Cloud’ Technology

F-Secure Corporation is at the forefront of developing ‘in-the-cloud’ technology to fight cybercrime through object reputation analysis – a technology that has far-reaching implications in the security industry and beyond.
  • 23 October, 2008 13:04

<p>The Internet security industry needs the speed and power provided by cloud computing to be able to respond to the exponentially growing volume of cyber crime. F-Secure is committed to developing cloud computing and reputation-based services – harnessing the power of end-user systems and collaborative intelligence in the network to fight cybercrime. This creates a strong, trusted connection between the security provider and the end user, allowing F-Secure to offer unprecedented quality and speed of protection for its customers.</p>
<p>F-Secure launched its real-time protection network in September 2008. It is an implementation of the in-the-cloud reputation service, capable of supporting several types of security solutions. F-Secure DeepGuard 2.0, which combines local analysis of program behaviour with the use of a real-time protection network for identifying both good and bad software, scored an industry first in the same month with its instant reaction times and global protection against new threats. This is important in today’s dramatically changed threat situation where the Internet is facing a deluge of new malware and variants that make traditional heuristics or signature-based solutions just too inefficient and slow.</p>
<p>Pirkka Palomäki, Chief Technology Officer at F-Secure, says: “Our real-time protection network is based on in-the-cloud computing. It has been designed to support a wider range of security services than just antivirus and F-Secure is now further enhancing many of its services to use the power of cloud computing.</p>
<p>Palomäki continues: “Looking towards the future, F-Secure’s real-time protection network has the architecture and potential for checking the reputation of any objects, such as applications, sites, documents or even phone numbers. It provides more nuanced information, for example whether an application is ‘productive’ or ‘violent’.”</p>
<p>This progression into cloud computing is natural for F-Secure and is considered critical for addressing future threats. F-Secure has been building in-the-cloud protection for years. Its first form has been the creation and maintenance of Network Operation Centers globally since 2001, which laid the groundwork for the real-time protection network. Actual in-the-cloud protection has been implemented since 2006 with F-Secure’s antiphishing services that use network-based verification of threats.</p>
<p>T. Sean Obrey, Head of ISP Business, says, “We have over 170 partners globally and network operation centres on all continents. These global networking services and solutions have been developed to support our business. It is very natural step for us to now provide our protection services, via our Service Provider partners, to their end customers using the cloud experience that we continue to develop.”</p>
<p>The F-Secure real-time protection network is currently being used by F-Secure DeepGuard 2.0 which is included in the F-Secure Internet Security 2009 and F-Secure Anti-Virus 2009 consumer security products, as well as the corporate F-Secure Client Security 8 solution and others being launched this year.</p>
<p>About F-Secure Corporation</p>
<p>F-Secure Corporation protects consumers and businesses against computer viruses and other threats from the Internet and mobile networks. F-Secure’s award-winning solutions are available as a service subscription through more than 170 Internet service providers and mobile operator partners around the world, making F-Secure the global leader in this market. The solutions are also available as licensed products through thousands of resellers globally. The company aspires to be the most reliable security provider, helping to make computer and smartphone users’ connected lives safe and easy. This is substantiated by the company’s independently proven ability to respond faster to new threats than its main competitors. Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Finland, F-Secure has been listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd since 1999. The company has consistently been one of the fastest growing publicly listed companies in the industry. The latest news on real-time virus threat scenarios is available at the F-Secure Data Security Lab weblog at http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/.</p>

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