On 7 April 2016, University Malaysia of Computer Science & Engineering (UniMy) organised an industrial visit to F-Secure Malaysia in Bangsar South. Headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, F-Secure is a global pioneer in the protection of information security and had won AV-TEST ‘Best Protection Award’ in the past four consecutive years.
A group of 25 students and two lecturers from UniMy had visited F-Secure office, with the aim of gaining valuable insight and exposure on information security as well as its working environment. Upon arrival, the group received a warm welcomed by Mr Jose Cequena, Senior Manager of F-Secure Labs Kuala Lumpur. The group proceeded for a talk conducted by Mr Jose Cequena and his colleague, where they introduced the works of F-Secure, the life of a malware analyst, and the latest threats such as macro-based malware, ransom, downadup and exploit kit. They also shared the internship and permanent positions available in the company, and the technical skills required.
The students were then divided into groups for an office tour. During the tour, students were introduced on the different teams and roles available in the company. With cool lounging areas and laid-back office environment, the company provides a nice and fun working environment for the staff. After the office tour, the group was invited to visit the ‘Freedome VPM’ demonstration booth in conjunction with F-Secure Malaysia 10 years anniversary celebration. The event was held outside Wisma F-Secure and provided free ice cream, free VPN Solution, colourful balloons giveaway, and do-it-yourself photo frame for participants to take photos and capture memories with.
This industrial visit was indeed an eye-opener for the students and lecturers as they were given opportunities to experience how F-Secure operates as one of the best cyber security hub globally. Students found that activities like this are very interesting, as they obtained useful information related to the practical aspects of information security and help them to relate to their classroom lessons.