A Dream Realized: F-Secure's 25-Year Success Story

A Dream Realized: F-Secure's 25-Year Success Story 
From 1988's Morris Worm to Today's Mobile Malware, F-Secure Has Seen
Constant Changes in the Threat Landscape; Still Relentlessly Fighting
Malware, F-Secure Is Now Moving to Become the Major Player in Cloud
SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/29/13 --  What is the greatest
software innovation over the past 25 years? 61 percent of people say
the World Wide Web. The greatest hardware innovation? 43 percent say
the smartphone. And for 63 percent of people, the most annoying
computer problem over the past 25 years is viruses and malware.* This
month marks 25 years since F-Secure's founding, 25 years of fighting
"When F-Secure was founded, viruses were still quite rare. Most
companies had yet to be convinced that they even existed," said Mikko
Hypponen, Chief Research Officer at F-Secure and a 22-year veteran of
the company. "In the early days of F-Secure, most viruses traveled on
floppy disks. Today, of course, they are distributed via the
Internet, making this industry much more complex -- and always
1988 was the year of the Morris worm, the first worm to spread
extensively via the Internet. It was also the year that a company
named Data Fellows was founded in an apartment building in Finland.
Now known as F-Secure, the company globally protects millions of
people, their identities and their content from today's sophisticated
forms of malware. 
Founders Risto Siilasmaa and Petri Allas envisioned two ideals for
the company they were establishing: to build a truly great company,
and to build first-rate products that would surprise and delight the
users. 25 years, 1,000 employees in 20 countries, and numerous
product awards later, that dream is a reality.  
25 Years of Security Innovation: Just the Beginning 
F-Secure's 25 years have been rich in innovation. F-Secure
established the world's first computer security website, created the
first real-time antivirus product for Windows laptops, and developed
a heuristic virus scanner and the first integrated, policy managed
security solution. It released a mobile security product for a Nokia
phone as early as 2002. It was the first antivirus company to release
rootkit detection technology, has pioneered Security as a Service for
businesses, and has become the world leader in the operator security
service market. Now F-Secure is trailblazing safe content cloud
"Over the past 25 years we have built the best Internet security in
the world," said Christian Fredrikson, CEO of F-Secure. "But that's
really just the beginning of our story. Security is moving to the
cloud, where people are storing their content, and the future is
mobility. We're staying out in front of the trends to make sure the
next 25 years are the best yet." 
Going Deeper 
F-Secure's success has partly been in the passion that inspires its
people to dig a little deeper. Hypponen, for example, recognized
another 25-year anniversary two years ago, that of Brain, the first
PC virus. Hypponen's interest in the origin of the virus took him on
a 2011 trip to Pakistan to find the virus writers, a journey
chronicled in the video "Brain: Searching for the First PC Virus in
This same passion is what has been driving F-Secure to extend its
security expertise past traditional antivirus to personal content
protection, Facebook profile protection, banking protection, patch
management features for business, and many more exciting products to
Look back with us on the last 25 years of fighting viruses, and help
us jump into the next 25, by visiting
*Based on a survey of 495 Internet users contacted 2-31 December 2012
through Facebook, Twitter and the F-Secure Safe and Savvy blog and
conducted through Surveygizmo. 
More Information: 
Brain: Searching for the First PC Virus in Pakistan 
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While you concentrate on what is important to you, we make sure you
are protected and safe online whether you are using a computer or a
smartphone. We also backup and enable you to share your important
files. Our services are available through over 200 operators around
the world and trusted in millions of homes and businesses. Founded in
1988, F-Secure is listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd. 
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For more information, please contact: 
Melanie Lombardi
LEWIS PR for F-Secure
+ 1 (415) 432-2400
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