Cyber Defense – A Cat and Mouse Race

Security & Privacy

F-Secure Chief Research Officer Mikko Hypponen appeared on the BBC recently to talk about cyber security, data breaches, and “dadada.”

During the interview, Mikko described the current state of cyber security as a “cat and mouse race between the attackers and between the defenders.” It might not be as exciting as watching Formula 1 or a marathon, but it’s not as dull as writing some software that stops computer viruses. It’s about actions and reactions – it’s a race.

So where do the defenders go to talk shop?

Well, this week they’ll be congregating at the annual CyberDef-CyberSec Forum in Paris. CyberDef-CyberSec is an annual event that brings together various stakeholders in the cyber security and cyber defense fields to share knowledge and discuss issues. This year’s event is expected to be massive, with 55,000 industry professionals from 143 countries, as well as 173 official delegations and 700 journalists, slated to attend.

F-Secure’s joint sponsoring this year’s event, and sending some of our cyber security experts, including Mikko to share their insights on the threat landscape facing people, companies, and governments.

Mikko will be giving a 45-minute talk called “The Cyber Arms Race” that explores the evolution of online threats into weapons for cyber warfare.

Also making an appearance is F-Secure’s cyber security guru Erka Koivunen, and F-Secure Regional Head of Corporate Sales Olivier Quiniou. Both will touch on how today’s cyber threats are wreaking havoc on the cyber security of companies. Erka’s talk, entitled “Data Breaches eat CEOs for Breakfast”, may be particularly poignant in the aftermath of the recent firing of the CEO of FACC – an aircraft component manufacturer that was hit by a cyber attack earlier in the year.

Olivier, meanwhile, will be giving a 15-minute speech about the chaos cyber attacks can cause for companies.

You can check out the program for the conference for dates and times.

[Image by dougwoods | Flickr]

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