Estonia’s Tech-Savvy President Visits F-Secure

Cyber Politics

Last Friday we welcomed the president of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves and a delegation of eleven to our headquarters in Helsinki. In our nearly 25 year history it was the first time we’d ever welcomed a foreign head of state. And we could not be more honored by the one who chose to visit us first.

President Ilves was recently named by TechCrunch one of 20 Most Innovative People In Democracy 2012. He and President Barack Obama were the only two elected leaders on the list. They called Estonia, ” the most technologically advanced democracy on Earth.”

Why? “…citizens vote online, enjoy universal access to medical records, and can perform most government services without leaving their laptops (Estonians filed their taxes online long before it was popular in the U.S.).”

As a result cyber security is a constant concern and an area the president understands well. Tallinn, Estonia is the home of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence.

Our Vice Preside of Consumer Security Maria Nordgren briefed the president about F-Secure and then our Chief Research Office Mikko Hypponen presented on cyberthreat landscape as seen from the F-Secure Labs.

Stuxnet, Flame, cyberwarfare and all the risks that countries face online all came up in the discussion that went on for hours. The president visited the famous F-Secure Labs.

In the President Ilves tweet documenting the visit he noted that he spent more time discussing cyber security with Mikko than he did meeting with the president of Finland.

This looks to be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

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