Chief Research Officer
Mikko has been with F-Secure since 1991. In that time, he has led the team that took down the world-wide network used by the Sobig.F worm in 2003, was the first to warn the world about the Sasser outbreak in 2004 and named the infamous Storm Worm in 2007.
Mikko has also assisted law enforcement in USA, Europe and Asia on cybercrime cases; written for several international magazines; and addressed the most important security-related conferences worldwide, building a reputation as an authority on information security. Some even call him a rock star.
Mikko regularly posts about and comments on developments in digital security and freedom via @Mikko.
Based in the Helsinki Lab, Sean works closely with F-Secure analysts to bring the results of their in-depth investigations to the attention of a global audience. His tireless efforts to make their often technically dense research more approachable is most visible in the Labs Weblog. He also regularly speaks at internal and external presentations covering digital security and freedom, as well other technology-related topics.
Sean also actively communicates with independent researchers, industry partners, media representatives and interested followers from around the world via @5ean5ullivan.
F-Secure submits its security products for comparative review by independent, internationally renowned product testing organizations. These tests are important to us, not just as an objective appraisal of the product's quality and effectiveness, but also as a benchmark for its performance and competitiveness.
The results of these tests guide us in continuously improving our product features, detection methodologies and services.
AV-TEST's Best Protection award is presented to the best antivirus product of the year in terms of protection against malware infections caused by current threats such as zero-day attacks, malicious websites and e-mails.
The Germany-based AV-TEST Institute is internationally known and respected as a leading provider of independent information security product testing and analysis. In antivirus product testing, submitted products are run against a constantly evolving set of test samples and scenarios.
The following is the most recent award or certification won by F-Secure products in the last one year; a more comprehensive list of awards won is listed in our Awards page.
"The F-Secure enterprise products have demonstrated outstanding protection capabilities during the year 2013."
AV-TEST Best Protection 2013
For Corporate Users (Windows)
In late 2001, F-Secure Corporation received various queries on our standpoint regarding the possibility of spying programs developed by various governments.
Much of this discussion was generated by media coverage on rumored backdoor trojan known as "Magic Lantern", developed by FBI or NSA in USA. Discussion was increased as several US-based anti-virus vendors made comments implying they would on purpose leave a backdoor in their anti-virus products to allow such a spying program to work.
Thus, F-Secure Corporation would like to make known that we will not leave such backdoors to our F-Secure Anti-Virus products, regardless of the source of such tools. We have to draw a line with every sample we get regarding whether to detect it or not. This decision-making is influenced only by technical factors, and nothing else, but within the applicable laws and regulations, in our case meaning EU laws.
We will also be adding detection of any program we see that might be used for terrorist activity or to benefit organized crime.
We would like to state this for the record, as we have received queries regarding whether we would have the guts to detect something obviously made by a known violent mafia or terrorist organization. Yes we would.
F-Secure Corporation always aims to do what's best for our customers.