The company recently won Security Innovation of the Year at the V3 Technology Awards 2015 for Freedome for Business, which gives enterprise mobile and tablet devices virtual private network (VPN) protection, threat management capabilities and anti-malware features.
V3 spoke to Olivier Quiniou, F-Secure's regional director for the UK, France and Ireland (pictured), to find out more about the firm and how he expects F-Secure to evolve over the next 12 months.
What makes F-Secure stand out in the industry?
We love technology and to provide services to our customers with real value. I think value is not only in the technology but the way of working with F-Secure and its way of doing things. It's about making it easy for the end user and for the professional and the B2B market, which really expect to do business and not spend their time on technology. They need a provider who is able to provide the right technology to avoid any cyber security issue but at the same time things should be easy to measure and provide vital information on time.
How did it feel to win the Security Innovation of the Year award?
Of course it's really important to have awards because it's good when you are working hard to be seen by everyone and to be recognised, but when we receive an award that doesn't mean we have to stop the work. It's really important to continue to develop and provide more technology that can be useful for the customer. It's not only an achievement it's more a congratulations to say: ‘Hey guys, you have done a great job but now we can expect more from you.' It's much more about having to push ourselves to the next level.
What's special about Freedome for Business?
[Freedome] provides especially for the B2B market and small to medium sized companies. We need to protect not only the fixed device but mobile, and we need to be able to really include this device in a company. The thing is really to provide a solution for the PC and Mac but also be able to treat security as a global topic for all devices.
The focus of F-Secure is to extend the use and extend the security to have an option that covers everything. Freedome is available for Android and iOS, of course, but the purpose is to protect the Wi-Fi connection by the VPN and to protect the applications for everyone in the company. It's about being able to integrate mobile threat management. Of course, these cyber security threats are really increasing and they are coming to mobile as well.
What are the main threats we will see in 2016?
The motivations of the [criminals, activists, nation-state actors and terrorists] are all completely different, but we are aware of two things: the number of cyber attacks will increase dramatically in 2016, and no-one is completely protected.
Just one example is that before, especially in the B2B market, only some of the major companies were the target. But now everyone is the target. In 2016 we will not find small companies that will be able to say: ‘I don't consider we are really the target of attacks' because everyone will be touched [by cyber crime] sooner or later.
What are your plans for 2016?
We will continue our growth and invest much more in the UK than we have in the past. We will reorganise to have F-Secure closer to the end users. The B2B and SMBs are not only in London, they are in other regions so we will base people in different locations.
We have started already. We have our first office in Liverpool that just opened a month ago and we will continue in different locations in the UK. For the evolution of F-Secure we will increase the relationship with the end customer, increase our presence and to be closer to them in order to know the economic region and to offer better support.
Thank you and congratulations on the award!
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