HELSINKI: The sophistication and capabilities of threats such as Stuxnet and Flame prove that a new era of cyber war has arrived, according to F-Secure chief executive Christian Fredrikson.
Fredrikson warned that state sponsored cyber espionage is on the increase during a press conference at F-Secure's Helsinki headquarters attended by V3.
"Cyber war is here," he said. "All the big governments are worried about it and are developing their own defence strategies. It's very clear it's increasing."
F-Secure's chief added that the capabilities of Flame and Stuxnet present a very different - and far more complex threat - than most cyber criminals' malware.
"It's a very different angle from cyber crime. Look at Flame and Stuxnet. Flame is about espionage, it's very sophisticated software," said Fredrikson.
"To get to the level you need to protect against it is very costly, to check inbound and outbound traffic, it's no small thing for a corporation to do."
Fredrikson stated that in the future security companies may have to work together to combat such sophisticated threats.
"No one in the security industry is proud of how long it took us to uncover Flame. But still this is a huge opportunity that we're seriously looking at," said Fredrikson.
"It takes a lot of good people to combat something like this [Flame and Stuxnet]. We need to raise the bar."
Flame was uncovered in early May by Kaspersky Labs and is believed to have been created by a nation state, most likely the US and Israel, to target Iranian government computer systems.
Since discovering the malware Kaspersky has issued a second statement claiming Flame was created by the same authors of the infamous Stuxnet attack.
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