Cyber security business opportunities in Greater Helsinki
Greater Helsinki has been a forerunner in cyber security for five decades.
Finns have always led the way when it comes to new digital innovations. And that’s how it was with the internet, too. Early adoption of the internet and a vibrant community of young and talented trailblazer engineers made Finland and especially Greater Helsinki the hotbed of encryption companies way back in the early 90s.
Today Greater Helsinki is the strongest hub of cyber security in Europe, thanks to growth-oriented pioneers, a forward-thinking academic community, and strong support from the government. And Finland’s safe, secure and transparent society has made it the perfect place for Finnish cyber security companies with customers across the globe to grow. From the national cyber security strategy to Finland’s solid regulatory framework, to active collaboration between private and public stakeholders and our strong startup ecosystem, Finland – and especially Greater Helsinki – really has it all.
All of us here at Helsinki Business Hub warmly welcome foreign companies and investors to join the established yet quickly and constantly evolving cyber security ecosystem in Greater Helsinki. We are happy to guide you and help you to explore the vast opportunities Greater Helsinki has to offer. We can help connect you with the right people, companies, technologies, research and more – all free of charge.
You’ll find top-notch expertise in cyber security software, hardware, digital services and partnerships in Greater Helsinki. Check out some organizations which contribute to the cyber security community every day. We’d love to tell you more!
Finnish Information Security Cluster is an organization established in 2012 by major Finnish information security companies to promote their business and operations in national and international context.
FISC has nearly 80 member organizations. Most of them are small or medium-size companies concentrating purely on information and cyber security technologies, but also large multinationals having information security related operations in the country are welcomed.
The main target of FISC is to improve cybersecurity and support its member organizations’ activities in the following areas: increase cross-border activities, promote public-private-partnerships, conduct market surveys, enable national depth and width of high-level education and dialogue with national and international regulatory bodies.
The Digital Trust Finland program helps Finnish companies to build global business on digital trust and security. In addition, the program attracts investments and facilitates ecosystems in Finland.
The Digital Trust Program focuses on driving collaboration between Finnish companies and the globally growing market of digital trust-based business models and solutions.
The program offers
The program runs between 2019 and 2023 with a total budget of 100 million euros.
VTT is one of Europe’s leading research institutions, owned by the Finnish state. VTT helps businesses improve their cyber preparedness and develop efficient solutions for dealing with cyber risks.
VTT produces precommercial versions and provides consultancy. It participates in both national and international joint projects and it engages in bilateral commercial product development and innovation cooperation as well.
VTT is a multi-disciplinary organisation and therefore has strong segment-specific know-how and solutions for special challenges. VTT provides a wide range of R&D services in cyber security:
NCSC-FI develops and monitors the operational reliability and security of communications networks and services and provides situational awareness of cyber security. NCSC-FI is a part of the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom.
HAIC is a strategic initiative set up by Aalto University and the University of Helsinki to develop into a world’s leading center for research and education in information security.
During the last few years, Aalto University and the University of Helsinki have built up strong research groups and education programs in information security and privacy. Collectively these groups represent the best information security expertise in Finland and one of the best in Europe.
Both universities also offer a number of information security courses in their curricula which are very popular with students.
HAIC focuses on offering scholarships for talented master’s students choosing to specialize in information security. HAIC scholars are funded by donations from HAIC donors and supporters as well as financial aid from the universities.
Other HAIC interests are industry outreach to provide industry contacts for students and public outreach to raise public awareness of the importance of information security.