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Internet of Things

Interview with Mikko Hyponnen

Attacks on IoT systems will keep us busy in 2017

24 Feb. 2017

Mikko Hypponen is the Chief Research Officer of F-Secure and a frequent speaker at CeBIT Global Conferences. The security specialist was selected among the 50 most important people on the web by the PC World magazine and was included in the FP Global 100 Thinkers list.

Mikko Hyponnen
Mikko Hyponnen

Mr. Hyponnen, security is a big issue these days. What will 2017 be the biggest threat for the international internet community?

We are in the middle of the IoT revolution. IoT will bring us many new benefits, but it will bring us many new risks as well, and the risks created by attacks against IoT systems are quite different from the attacks against traditional computers. This will keep us busy in 2017 and beyond.

Still everyone is talking about the supposed hacker attacks during the US elections. What do you think about that?

Well, the Russian government tried influencing the outcome of the presidential elections in the biggest superpower on the planet. I think this is one of the biggest cases in history.

You are a frequent speaker at CeBIT Global Conferences. What was your best experience?

My best experience at CeBIT Global Conferences was couple of years ago, when I met Steve Wozniak backstage as we were keynoting right next to each other. Woz was kind enough to sign my iPad.

What will you be speaking about at CeBIT Global Conferences 2017?

I'll speak about the next arms race: the cyber arms race. I believe we are at the very beginning of the next arms race.

Do you plan anything special for your CeBIT visit?

I plan on visiting every hall. It's good exercise.