Sep 18, 2020

F-Secure: stress free breach detection and response

F-Secure
Telia Inmics-Nebula
Cybersecurity
Georgia Wilson
2 min
Cybersecurity
F-Secure cybersecurity company, partners with Telia Inmics-Nebula, providing vital services as COVID-19 drives the rise of remote working...

In our latest interview with Telia Inmics-Nebula - a Finnish technology company formed from the merger of three predecessors, and a subsidiary of Telia - we explore the company’s partnership with F-Secure for its cybersecurity needs.

With COVID-19 forcing organisations around the world to scale up their remote working capabilities in short time frames, Telia Inmics-Nebula’s partnership with F-Secure has proved vital in recent months. “They provide really solid products in terms of cybersecurity. And if something does happen, which fortunately is very rare, we also work together in terms of recovery and what can we learn from this situation,” commented Jarno Kekäläinen, CEO of Telia Inmics-Nebula.

To read the full Telia Inmics-Nebula interview, click here!

Telia Inmics-Nebula partnership with F-Secure to provide its customers with threat monitoring solutions.

Together with F-Secure, Telia provides Koillis-Satakunnan Sähkö Oy (KSAT) - a Finnish energy provider - with a full threat monitoring and trained incident response assistance in case KSAT is hit with a cyber attack. “F-Secure’s solution was really the first product in this area that seemed to meet our needs. It had AI-driven technology to detect advanced threats based on data collected from our IT environment,” commented Jari Hakala, ICT Manager, KSAT.

F-Secure’s mission

“We exist to build trust in society and to keep people and businesses safe,” states F-Secure.

Founded in 1988, F-Secure believes that with unprecedented challenges threatening to “undermine the very survival of society.” The company stresses that “Only unprecedented innovation can prevent irreversible disasters.” However, it also believes that “this is only possible if we trust the technology that can bring us together.”

With its three decades of experience, F-Secure’s mission is to stop advanced cyber attacks, by utilising its experience and insights to develop pioneering threat hunting solutions.

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Jun 18, 2021

GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud

GfK
VMware
3 min
VMware has been walking GfK along its path through digital transformation to the cloud for over a decade.

GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.  

In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade. 

“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.

Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.

By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.

One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.

“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.

Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs. 

“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.

The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment. 

The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.

One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.

“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.

“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client. 

“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”

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