(File pix) With more devices connecting to the web, new cybersecurity risks emerge.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Internet of Things (IoT) is bringing a wide array of benefits to individual users, families and organisations – but with more devices connecting to the web, new cybersecurity risks emerge. Of late, cybersecurity companies such as F-Secure Corporation, are merging several disciplines of technologies to ensure users remain safe online.

For a robust and agile cyber defence framework, F-Secure is developing artificial intelligence (AI)-led security solutions as well as integrating Big Data-based algorithms into its cybersecurity approach to identify and mitigate threats, said the company's Southeast Asia regional manager Yong Meng Hong.

“We will be building on our existing capabilities in 2018, and will also be on the lookout for any new developments in the global cybersecurity domain that will help us further strengthen our defences. We continue to learn constantly from both a services and product approach as our product development goes forward,” said Yong.

“For three decades, F-Secure has driven innovations in cybersecurity, defending tens of thousands of companies and millions of people. With unsurpassed experience in endpoint protection as well as detection and response, F-Secure shields enterprises and consumers against everything from advanced cyberattacks and data breaches to widespread ransomware infections,” he added.

Known for its advanced behaviour protection technology called DeepGuard inside F-Secure's SAFE solution, F-Secure has enhanced its protection against ransomware.

“F-Secure SAFE Internet Security now includes additional behaviour-based protection capabilities that monitor selected folders for ransomware-like behaviour as part of its DeepGuard Host-based Intrusion Prevention System. In case risky behaviour is detected, the process is automatically blocked and users are warned about the potential ransomware,” explained Yong.

(File pix) F-Secure Corporation’s Southeast Asia regional manager Yong Meng Hong. Pix courtesy of F-Secure Corporation

“F-Secure's DeepGuard functionality identifies attacks based on signs of unauthorised behaviour or exploits. And the new ransomware functionality not only takes on the extortion threat, but it also prevents other unknown or potentially suspect applications from changing, renaming or deleting crucial files in the protected folders. It's a tool that everyone will benefit from,” he added.

This new ransomware layer fits right into DeepGuard’s lightweight and comprehensive endpoint protection with minimal impact on the user experience. This seamless new layer of security is included along with SAFE’s award-winning antivirus, Browsing and Banking Protection, and Family Rules, which helps set healthy boundaries for children online.

“For years, technology has protected the operating system, so criminals went after data, something that is actually far more important to most people. Today we’re making progress on eliminating that threat,” Yong said.

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