F-Secure collaborates with CyberPeace Institute to help organizations targeted by cyber attacks
F-Secure has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the Switzerland-based CyberPeace Institute, an independent non-governmental organization whose mission is to protect the safety, dignity and fairness of people in cyberspace. The letter outlines a broad plan for cooperation in a number of areas, including forensic analysis of cyber incidents that increasingly affect vulnerable communities.
Particularly revealing examples of attacks that harm vulnerable communities are those that target health care providers: it is low-risk, high-reward crimes that have become a significant problem. Healthcare was one of the top five industries most frequently affected by human-exploited ransomware, according to a recent report, and accounted for nearly ten percent of Microsoft’s detection and response team commitments. ransomware from July 2020 to June 2021.
“One of our biggest challenges is the lack of accountability in cyberspace, which poses a great risk not only to the stability of our digital world, but also to the goal of cyber peace itself. This is an important problem, and we need the expertise of our industrial partners to help us in this understanding ”, declared Stéphane Duguin, CEO of the CyberPeace Institute. “F-Secure’s decades of security experience is a huge asset that we can harness to help humanitarian organizations targeted by cyber attacks. “
Capabilities that F-Secure can harness to support the work of CyberPeace Institute include:
- Intelligence gathering
- Reverse engineering malware
- Forensic analysis of cyber incidents
- Cyber risk assessment of digital assets of CyperPeace Institute beneficiaries
“The potential societal damage from cyber attacks against organizations providing critical services around the world puts people’s lives at risk,” said F-Secure vice president and head of the company’s tactical defense unit , Paolo Palumbo. “Part of our job as cybersecurity professionals is to investigate confirmed and suspected compromises. And we are happy to use our skills and knowledge to support vulnerable communities.