Yong Meng Hong on F-Secure’s next phase of growth


F-Secure Corporation, one of the leading cybersecurity companies worldwide, is seeing growing demand for its award-winning solutions in Malaysia and throughout Southeast Asia.

According to Its regional manager (SEA) Yong Meng Hong (pic above), F-Secure has always been at the forefront of consumers and businesses, protecting millions of computers globally.

“Through experience, F-Secure has developed security products ranging from individual consumer protection all the way to major corporates,” said Yong, adding that F-Secure will also continue investing in Malaysia.

In Kuala Lumpur, F-Secure has hundreds of security engineers and analysts monitoring hundreds of thousands of threats in real-time every day from their research and development center.

“This level of experience and dedication is something that vendors who offer free solutions simply cannot provide,” said Yong.

Yong was speaking to Business Circle on the sidelines of an event recently organized by Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) announcing the Empowering Women in Cyber Risk Management Programme for women returning to work.

Investing in fastest growing markets within corporate security

Over the next phase of its growth, F-Secure seeks to capitalize on the continuing growth of the internet and connected world.

“As the ways business is done transforms amid increasing digitalization along with the increase in cybercrime, F-Secure will act as a broader provider of cybersecurity products and services,” said Yong.

Yong also said that F-Secure is continuing to increase its investments in the fastest growing markets within corporate security.

“These include managed endpoint security services sold through the reseller channel as well as the cybersecurity services business,” said Yong.

In mid-2018, F-Secure had also acquired MWR InfoSecurity, known to be among the largest cybersecurity service providers serving enterprises globally.

“MWR InfoSecurity has highly skilled experts in offensive techniques and attack detection,” said Yong. “It has created a fantastic business with advanced solutions to counter modern cyber-attacks and an impressive team of skilled experts in cyber security.”

He described it as “a great fit to our man and machine approach towards cybersecurity”.

MWR InfoSecurity is among the biggest cyber security service providers with offices on four continents, and well-known for its technical expertise and research.

“Our combined expertise delivers a broad range of industry-leading cyber security solutions and services to a customer base consisting of over 100,000 companies, including hundreds of large enterprises.”

“MWR InfoSecurity’s threat hunting platform Countercept provides extensive proactive attack detection and complements F-Secure’s existing capabilities and strengths. Additionally, F-Secure’s portfolio will be enhanced by MWR InfoSecurity’s suite of managed phishing protection services (phishd). As cyber criminals increasingly target companies through their employees, it’s crucial to enable company personnel to identify and avoid these email-borne attacks. These two solutions are a great fit to our portfolio and the combined offering is absolutely industry-leading.”

Career Comeback Programme for Women in Cyber Risk Management

Meanwhile, MDEC‘s Empowering Women in Cyber Risk Management Programme for women returning to work is a joint initiative with the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (KPWKM); the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (KKMM) Department of Women Development (JPW), National Cyber Security Agency (NACSA) and TalentCorp.

MDEC Cybersecurity

“The Empowering Women in Cyber Risk Management programme is established to address the talent gap faced by the country. Aligned with the Malaysia Cyber Security Strategy (MCSS) Framework which will be launched soon, the initiative will be supporting one of its five strategic thrusts that look into Developing Capacity Building, Awareness and Education,” explained the Chief Executive of National Cyber Security Agency (NACSA), Ir. Md. Shah Nuri bin Md. Zain during the launch of the programme held at KPWKM.

“The collaboration is in line with TalentCorp’s continued focus on increasing Malaysia’s female labour force participation rate (FLFPR) to ensure a more inclusive and productive workforce and workplace for the Future of Work,” said Hajah Mahuran Saro Sariki, TalentCorp Deputy Chief Executive Officer.

Meanwhile, MDEC CEO Surina Shukri said that this pilot career comeback programme would be “an essential step towards developing a high-value critical cybersecurity talent pool”.

“Inclusivity programmes such as this (one) will empower women to develop the skills needed for jobs now in high demand in today’s era of the 4th Industrial Revolution. The cyber risk management programme will further help women to a future proof career, allowing them to be become long term contributors to our digital economy. This will also strengthen Malaysia as a hub for cybersecurity talent and play an important role in the growth of the nation’s digital economy agenda,” she added.

The key benefits of Empowering Women in Cyber Risk Management initiative serve to:

  • Address the fast-growing industry demand of local and regional corporations to fill mid-tier positions,
  • Offer a sustainable ecosystem to women to make a successful career comeback and help to attract higher pay from new role, and
  • To promote workforce diversity as hiring women in cybersecurity will allow creative innovation to address complex cybersecurity challenges, multiple ways of thinking, bring more views to the table and offer different range of skills that will benefit the industry.

Besides F-Secure, strategic partners involved are ISACA Malaysia, Cisco Systems (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, Tecforte Sdn Bhd and AsiaCyberX to provide industry re-skilling initiatives for the returning workforce to be cyber risk management ready.

Other industry partners include CIMB, Ernst & Young, PwC Malaysia, Roche Shared Services Centre Kuala Lumpur, Standard Chartered Global Business Services Sdn. Bhd., SWIFT and Malaysia cybersecurity service providers such as AKATI Consulting Group, FIRMUS Sdn Bhd, LGMS/LE Global Services Sdn Bhd., NEXAGATE Sdn Bhd and Agmo Studio Sdn. Bhd.

The programme welcomes all Malaysian citizens with 3 years corporate experience and has been on more than 6 months career break. All applications can be submitted to http://bit.ly/WomeninCyber, before 31 July, or email [email protected]

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