Mikko Hypponen Profile

  • Mikko Hypponen is a world-wide authority on computer security and privacy issues.

  • He has delivered the most watched online security talk on the internet.

  • Chief Research Officer at WithSecure and Principal Research Advisor at F-Secure.
  • Tagged as “the Code Warrior” by Vanity Fair, Mikko Hypponen is one the world’s most sought-out experts on technological security and privacy issues. The Finnish computer scientist has defused high profile viruses and malware that left experts at major tech companies scratching their heads.

    Hyponnen is Chief Research Officer at F-Secure in Finland, where he has dedicated the past 25 years to protecting people from cyber threats such as Stuxnet, Sasser and the Storm Worm. He was one of the first people to document security threats to smart phones, in his article “Malware Goes Mobile” featured in Scientific American.

    Since the 1990s, Hypponen has assisted law enforcement in the United States, Europe and Asia on cybercrime cases, containing and terminating some of the most widespread outbreaks in history. He is also a member of the advisory board of IMPACT (International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats).

    Hypponen has delivered hundreds of talks in over 40 countries over the last 20 years, including keynotes at the world’s foremost security conferences such as Black Hat, DEF CON, DLD, and RSA, though he is also a frequent speaker at general-interest events including TED, SXSW, and Google Zeitgeist. His TED Talk from 2011 is the most watched online security talk on the Internet, having been watched 1.5 million times and it has been translated to over 40 languages.

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      Technology and Computer Security Expert

      Mikko Hypponen is a world-wide authority on technology and computer security.

      He has worked with F-Secure in Finland since 1991 and is currently the Chief Research Officer.

      Mr. Hypponen has assisted law enforcement in USA, Europe and Asia on cybercrime cases. He has written on his work for Scientific American, The New York Times and

      Mr. Hypponen, born in 1969, was selected among the 50 most important people on the web by PC World magazine. Foreign Policy magazine included him on the list of “Top 100 Global Thinkers.” He has also received the Virus Bulletin Award, awarded every ten years, as “Best in Industry.”

      Mr. Hypponen has addressed the most important security-related conferences worldwide. He is also an inventor for several patents, including US patent 6,577,920, “Computer virus screening.” He has been the subject of countless interviews in global TV and print media, including a 9-page profile in Vanity Fair.

      Mr. Hypponen′s TED Talk has been seen by half a million people.

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    As technology advances, so do system vulnerabilities. Leading security authority and cyber-crime buster, Mikko Hypponen covers the risks to public safety, the costs for businesses, and the best tactics you can use to protect yourself and your organization from attacks. Internationally recognized as one of the top educators on malware and how to prevent it, Hypponen delivers passionate and informed talks that can be tailored to businesses, governments, educational institutions, tech experts, or general audiences.

    Russian Online Attacks against Ukraine
    Nowadays wars are not only fought with tanks, fighter jets, war ships and soldiers. Cyber has become the 5th domain in which we fight our wars and its increasingly becoming a key defense system that countries must protect against attackers. The recent war in Ukraine is the latest example of this. Cybersecurity expert speaker Mikko Hypponen will talk about the current war and the online cyber attacks that Russia is launching against Ukraine, and what it means for the country.

    Cyber Security after COVID-19
    Business cyber security landscape has changed fast because of COVID-19. Organizations face new kinds of challenges due to uncertainty, the remote workforce and the surge of opportunistic cybercriminals. In this webinar Mikko Hypponen will cover the latest developments on cyber attacks around the pandemic.

    The Future of Cybersecurity: Fighting Online Crime
    We've lived our lives in the middle of a revolution: the internet revolution. During our lifetime, all computers started talking to each other over the internet. Technology around us is changing faster than ever. We've already become dependent of our digital devices, and this is just the beginning. As connected devices open new opportunities for imagination, they also open new opportunities for online criminals. Where are we today? Where are we going? And how are we ever going to secure ten billion new devices that will be going online over the next decade?

    Hacking, Hackers and Online Criminals
    Computer security has gone through several distinct eras. Attacks morph and change every few years. However, the biggest changes we've seen have not been technical; they've been social. It's all about the attackers and their motives. To survive, companies need to understand the risks they face. What are the criminal attackers doing today? What about the hacktivists? And why do we see more and more malware written by governments? Do terrorist groups have credible online attack capability? And what can you do to protect your network?

    The Future of Money, Banking and Finance: Cryptocurrencies & the Digital Revolution
    Data is money. The world of finance is now changing faster than ever, due to the digital revolution. Cryptocurrencies and blockchains bring us benefits but also huge problems in the shape of money laundering, online crime and rampant energy use. What's happening next? Where are we going?

    The Future of Warfare: Cyber Wars
    Technology shapes our conflicts and crisis. Technology shapes the wars we fight. Cyber has become the 5th domain in which we fight our wars: land war, sea war, air war, space war - and now, cyberspace war. Today, all nations build cyber defences but also offensive cyber technology. We are in the beginning of the next arms race.

    The Future of the Internet: Trust & Safety
    Our societies run on computers and software. How does a power plant in Japan trust the logic controllers they bought from a Germany, the routers they bought from China, the workstations they bought from USA and the security system they bought from Russia? It all boils down to trust. Trust. That’s a complicated concept in the internet age. Without trust, we won’t have safety. Without safety, we won’t have security. And without security, we won’t have anything at all.

    The Best and the Worst Innovation of our Time
    Technology shapes the world. The more successful a new technology becomes, the more reliant we will become of it. This has always happened and will happen in the future too. In many ways, internet is the best and worst innovation done during our lifetime. We were all given a free and open internet, but what kind of an internet will we be leaving behind? Our global networks are being threatened by surveillance and crime. How did we get here? And where will we go next?

    Suggested Speaking Topics:

    • Online Crime
    • Future of the Internet
    • Mobile Security
    • Smartphone Security
    • Hactivism
    • The Anonymous
    • State of the Net
    • Cyber Warfare
    • Online Espionage
    • Targeted Attacks
    • Unsocial networks
    • Fighting Organized Crime
    • International Organized Online Crime
    • Computer history
    • Extremist and terrorist use of the internet
    • iPhone, Android and Windows Phone security
    • Stuxnet

    What People are Saying about Seeing Mikko Speak

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    “Mikko exhibits a remarkable capacity to make complex technical concepts easy to understand, uncoupling the relevant from the mere buzz, and bringing notable anecdotes and first-hand accounts to his storytelling.”
    – Bruno Giussani — European director, TED

    “We organized an event where Mikko made a presentation to a diverse group of 400 senior executives. He was extremely engaging and informative. His presentation was a nice blend of the latest facts and informed predictions delivered in an entertaining style. I would highly recommend Mikko for an enlightening look at the latest trends on cybersecurity.”
    – Michael Wade — Professor of Innovation and Strategy, IMD Business School, Lausanne, Switzerland

    “Mikko made us think and he made us laugh. As a speaker, he was very knowledgeable and inspirational. He made us hope that the talk wouldn’t end just yet!”
    – Emilia Häyrynen —MSD

    “Few security professionals possess the public speaking skills necessary to convey supreme technical expertise. Hypponen is that rarity.”
    – Wired

    “Amazing keynote – very compelling and humorous. Best presentation in the whole event!”

    “This was world class entertainment”

    “Great presenter. Nice story telling, easy to follow. It was like watching detective movie about cyber security.”

    “Cool examples from real life, high energy and really enjoyable to listen and watch.”

    “The energy and excitement that Mikko created in the hall was amazing.”

    “Best presentation I have ever seen!”

    “I would see any talk given by Mikko. He is brilliant.”

    “Mikko is an engaging and thought provoking speaker. This was one of the better presentations by a thought leader.”

    “This was by far my favorite briefing of the conference. Very well done”

    “Wonderful speaker, great topic, excellent supporting data”

      Clients Include:

      Google Zeitgeist USA
      Google Zeitgeist Europe
      Cisco Live
      ISF World Congress
      GSMA Mobile World Congress
      ITU Telecom World
      Black Hat USA
      Usenix Security
      RSA Security (USA/Europe/Japan)
      Infosec World

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    Books by Mikko Hypponen:

    If It’s Smart, It’s Vulnerable

    All our devices and gadgets—from our refrigerators to our home security systems, vacuum cleaners, and stereos—are going online, just like our computers did. But once we’ve successfully connected our devices to the internet, do we have any hope of keeping them, and ourselves, safe from the dangers that lurk beneath the digital waters?

    In If It’s Smart, It’s Vulnerable, veteran cybersecurity professional Mikko Hypponen delivers an eye-opening exploration of the best—and worst—things the internet has given us. From instant connectivity between any two points on the globe to organized ransomware gangs, the net truly has been a mixed blessing. In this book, the author explores the transformative potential of the future of the internet, as well as those things that threaten its continued existence: government surveillance, censorship, organized crime, and more.

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