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F-Secure fronts cloud software innovation program

The ongoing global paradigm shift in cloud technology is dramatically changing ICT and software business and structures. This shift is the basis for the Finnish Cloud Software Program, lead by F-Secure, a company at forefront of developing cloud technology in IT security.

Helsinki, Finland – May 26, 2010: The Cloud Software Program of the Finnish Strategic Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation in the Field of ICT (www.tivit.fi) aims to significantly improve the competitive position of Finnish software intensive industries in global markets. The program – lead by F-Secure – especially aims to pioneer in building new cloud business models, a lean software enterprise model and open cloud software infrastructure.

F-Secure’s Director for Common R&D Services, Dr Janne Järvinen has been appointed head of the 4 year Cloud Software Program.

Dr Järvinen says, “A recent study suggests that the cornerstones of competitiveness in the software industry are operational efficiency, user experience, web software, open systems, security engineering and sustainable development. Cloud Software Program ties these factors together as software increasingly moves to the web and is offered as a service. F-Secure has been a pioneer in offering security as a service since 2001 and we are honored to have been chosen to lead such a prestigious program.”

F-Secure is committed to developing cloud technology and reputation-based services – harnessing the power of end-user systems, collaborative intelligence in the network and gaining operational efficiencies and flexibility using cloud architectures. The progression into cloud technology is natural for F-Secure. Its first form has been the creation and maintenance of Network Operation Centers globally since 2001, which laid the groundwork for the real-time protection network. Actual cloud protection has been implemented since 2006 with F-Secure’s antiphishing services that use network-based verification of threats and later in 2008 with the real-time protection network which has improved the speed and scope of protection.

Dr Järvinen continues, “Looking towards the future, we see cloud technology increasingly becoming a part of people’s everyday lives. Consumers use more applications on demand over the Internet for activities such as storing, accessing and sharing content they have generated themselves. At F-Secure, cloud services provide a means of offering new innovative services that can be used on various different devices, as well as enhancing the capabilities of existing security services.”

The Cloud Software Program brings together a total of 20 different companies from the software, electronics and ICT industries as well as 8 research organizations. Among the companies involved in the program in addition to F-Secure are Nokia Siemens Networks, Ericsson, Telia Sonera and Tieto as well as 6 Finnish universities. The program is being funded by Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation.

For more information on the Cloud Software Program, visit http://www.cloudsoftwareprogram.org

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