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Mikko Hyppönen

Fighting Online Crime

Mikko Hyppönen is a world-wide authority on computer security and privacy issues. He is Chief Research Officer at F-Secure. Mikko has worked with F-Secure in Finland since 1991.

Mikko Hypponen was listed as one of the 50 Most Important People on the Web by the PC World magazine. Tagged as a "Code Warrior" by Vanity Fair, Hypponen is a go-to expert on cybercrime for international news media. In 2013, Reader's Digest listed Hypponen as one of the "8 Europeans who make a difference" together with Adele and Felix Baumgartner. Later in the same year he was inducted to the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame. Mr. Hypponen sits on the advisory boards of the Lifeboat Foundation and T2.

Mikko has been working with computer security for over 20 years and has fought the biggest malware outbreaks in the net. As a result, he has been involved in catching several online criminals, assisting law enforcement in USA, Europe and Asia on cybercrime cases. He tracked down the authors of the very first PC virus. Mr. Hypponen has also extensively researched cyber warfare and online espionage. He has written on these topics for magazines such as Scientific American and Foreign Policy.

Mikko Hypponen set up one of the first websites in Europe, and he started one of the first blogs in history. Nowadays, he runs his award-winning Twitter account at twitter.com/mikko

Mikko has delivered hundreds of talks in over 40 countries over the last 20 years, including keynotes in the most important security conferences. In 2010, he was awarded the Virus Bulletin Award as the best educator in the industry.

Mikko has keynoted at events like TEDGlobal in Edinburgh, EDIST in Toronto, DLD in Münich, Forum the la Haute Horlogerie in Lausanne, and at various IDC events. His other speaking clients include SXSW, DLD, Google Zeitgeist, MWC, CeBIT, several oil & gas companies in the middle east and banks in Europe and in South Africa. Further he has spoken at various military events, including AFCEA events and the NATO CCD COE's ICCC. He has also addressed the EU Parliament on privacy topics and lectured at the Cambridge University.

Mikko has delivered the most watched online security talk on the internet. This is his TED Talk from 2011. It has been watched over 1 million times and it has been translated to over 40 languages.

"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

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