Mikko Hypponen is a global security expert and Chief Research Officer at F-Secure Corporation in Finland, where he has worked since 1991.
As computer access expands worldwide, and as governments and corporations become more sophisticated at using viruses as weapons, Mikko Hypponen raises the questions: What's the next killer virus, and will the world be able to handle it? Who will be at the front defending the world’s networks from malicious software?
After the 2013 revelations of NSA's digital mass surveillance, Hypponen became one of the most outspoken critics of the agency's programs and asked: "In the age of government surveillance, how can we protect people's digital privacy?"
As Chief Research Officer at F-Secure, Mikko Hypponen has led his team through some of the largest computer virus outbreaks in history. His team took down the world-wide network used by the Sobig.F worm. Moreover, Hypponen was the first to warn about the Sasser outbreak. He has also done classified briefings on the operation of the Stuxnet worm, a hugely complex worm designed to sabotage Iranian nuclear enrichment facilities.
Hypponen has written on his research for the New York Times, Wired and Scientific American and he appears frequently on international TV. He has lectured at the universities of Stanford, Oxford and Cambridge.
He 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 Hypponen sits in the advisory boards of t2 and Social Safeguard and in the advisory panel for the Monetary Authority of Singapore.