Live Webcast

Social engineering: how phishing works and why criminals make more money with email than ransomware

June 8,  2021

14:00 BST | 15:00  CEST | 16:00  EEST

Three world-renowned security professionals break down the latest developments in today’s most prominent approaches to social engineering.

Topic covered

  • The latest trends and developments in phishing 
  • How attacker’s build sophisticated phishing campaigns
  • Why cyber criminals are making more money with business email compromise attacks than ransomware
  • The Phishing Landscape – Christine Bejerasco Phishing is a 20-year-old problem that’s evolved to remain technologically relevant. Phishing URLs, for instance, are platform-agnostic threats that rely on tricking unsuspecting users on any device with a browser. Because phishing is constantly changing, it’s important to stay informed on current trends. What's happening in the phishing landscape? What kind of techniques are prevalent? What kind of information are attackers looking for? Answers to these questions can prove invaluable to defenders trying to fight these attacks.
  • Anatomy of Phishing Campaigns – Laura Kankaala Phishing is a great way to gain an initial foothold into a company's digital estate. Criminals are actively seeking out ways to conduct more effective phishing campaigns – and so are we at F-Secure. What kind of tactics and tech are criminals using when they design and execute phishing campaigns? And can you detect a sophisticated phishing attack?
  • Business Email Compromise – Mikko Hyppönen  Business Email Compromise (BEC) is an old problem that just keeps getting worse. Statistics show that BEC attacks make more money than ransomware attacks, which is a remarkable achievement for the criminals. Why are these attacks effective? Why do well-trained billion-dollar companies fall for these scams? Where does the money go? What's the future for these attacks? And how do you defend against them?

This live webcast was hosted by our own Cyber Security Translator, Janne Kauhanen.


Christine Bejerasco
VP of Tactical Defense Unit, F-Secure

Christine Bejerasco leads the team that runs the defense services that create rules and detections that power F-Secure's security products against the latest threats. Her team also researches threats and creates external reports on those.

Laura Kankaala
Security Consultant, F-Secure

Laura Kankaala is a security consultant at F-Secure. As a white hat hacker, Laura uses her highly-developed understanding of cyber security – particularly cloud security – to help organizations protect themselves. She also enjoys educating the public on stalkerware, digital privacy, and other security issues, and recently participated in “Team Whack” – a TV series documenting how hackers can infiltrate people’s lives.

Mikko Hypponen
Chief Research Officer, F‑Secure

Mikko Hypponen is a global security expert. He has worked at F-Secure since 1991. Mr. Hyppönen has written on his research for the New York Times, Wired and Scientific American. He was selected among the 50 most important people on the web by the PC World magazine and was included in the FP Global 100 Thinkers list. He was also awarded as Cybersecurity Person of the Year 2020 by CISO MAG.


Janne Kauhanen
Host of Cyber Security Sauna - podcast

For the last decade, in his day job Janne has been helping F-Secure’s consulting clients find solutions for their information security issues, but he also occasionally transforms into the host of the Cyber Security Sauna podcast.