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Tieto Launches Third Internal Start-up – Security Services to Combat Modern Cyber Security Attacks

HELSINKI–([1])–To help customers in the increasingly complex IT security environment and to seize the security-related market opportunities, Tieto (HEX:TIE1V) (STO:TIEN) is launching Security Services start-up within the company. The newly established business unit will enhance Tieto s current activities in this area and will be one of the company s selected growth bets. Digitalization and the multifaceted IT landscape have created new vulnerabilities for enterprises and organizations. Every day, there are more and bigger cyber-attacks. However, a study* indicates that 90% of businesses worldwide recognize that they are insufficiently prepared to protect themselves against cyber risks. Tieto s Security Services are developed to secure the digital operations of enterprises and public sector organizations. The managed security services model will help any organization to achieve visibility, simplicity and protection for their digital assets.

I am thrilled to announce Tieto s third start-up. Our experience of internal start-ups has been highly positive in terms of increased flexibility and agility all for the benefit for our customers gaining increased ability to speed up digitalization. Based on our expertise and including our own software, we expect to achieve a leading position in managed security services in the Nordic countries, comments Kimmo Alkio, CEO of Tieto.

To lead the Security Services start-up, Tieto has appointed Markus Melin, a rock-solid security expert from F-Secure, a global Finnish security company. The other Tieto in-house start-ups are Industrial Internet, led by Taneli Tikka and Customer Experience Management, led by Mikko Leinonen. In addition to these growth businesses, the company s investment focus will be on the development of its cloud services and Lifecare, the solution for the healthcare and welfare sector. Overall, Tieto s total annual investments amount to around EUR 100 million. In 2016, digitalization will continue to pick up speed and the traditional boundaries between sectors will be opened up in an unprecedented manner. Moreover, mobile and cloud services make it more and more complex to manage security and compliance. Data breaches risk business continuity and can seriously damage businesses.

Security is both a business challenge and an enabler for new, digital business opportunities. As a long-time partner of customers operating in several industries, Tieto has an excellent opportunity to become the preferred partner for Nordic security services. With our service called Tieto s Security Wall, we will be able to offer our customers unique real-time services that provide transparency and information to lead security and understand their level of protection. As a result, our customers will be able to monitor their digital security at any given time says Markus Melin Head of Security Services at Tieto. In Security Services, Tieto is actively forming a global ecosystem of partners to bring the best new technologies and solutions to the fore for its clients.

Tieto Security Services start-up will actively team up with other market-leading solution providers to create an agile world-wide security ecosystem in order to provide the best service and reliability for the benefit of our customers, concludes Melin.

With the Tieto Security Services, Tieto is targeting specific issues and opportunities in selected industries, starting in the finance and insurance segments.

*Source: Global Risk Management Survey 2015, Aon


Leaders of three Tieto start-ups: Markus Melin, Taneli Tikka and Mikko Leinonen

Markus Melin

Tieto Security Wall

Supporting resources:

Read more about Tieto Security Services:[2]

Tieto s whitepaper on security:[3]

Markus Melin on Twitter: @markusmelin and @TietoCorp #security #mssp

Read about the Tieto start-up mentality in Taneli Tikka s Tieto blog post:[4]



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Tieto is the largest IT services company in the Nordics providing full lifecycle IT services. We also provide global product development services for companies in the communications and embedded technologies arena. Through industry insight, technology vision and innovative thinking, Tieto proactively strives to inspire and engage its customers in finding new ways of accelerating their business.

Building on a strong Nordic heritage, Tieto combines global capabilities with local presence. Headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, Tieto has over 13 000 experts in more than 20 countries. Turnover is approximately ‘ 1.5 billion. Tieto s shares are listed on NASDAQ in Helsinki and Stockholm.[5]

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25 Years: Remembering Operation Desert Storm

25 Years: Remembering Operation Desert Storm Courtesy U.S. Coast Guard

By MarEx[1] 2016-01-18 19:07:08

On January 18, 1991, the day after hostilities began in Operation Desert Storm, a U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement boarding team (LEDET) on the Navy frigate Nicholas helped clear eleven Iraqi oil platforms and take 23 prisoners. The operation was the first asset / personnel seizure Coast Guard forces conducted as part of Desert Storm but it was just one of many actions they carried out during the war. Even before hostilities broke out, LEDET personnel carried out 60 percent of the American maritime interdiction boardings in Operation Desert Shield, the embargo that preceded Desert Storm. Over 500 Coast Guard port security reservists were mobilized and deployed to the Persian Gulf, the first involuntary mobilization in the reserve service’s history, and they provided patrol coverage for critical infrastructure during the buildup to hostilities.

During the war, when Iraqi forces destroyed hundreds of Kuwaiti oil wells and offshore facilities, two Coast Guard HU-25A Falcon jets deployed to map and track the spills. After hostilities ended, Coast Guard units helped with minesweeping in Kuwait City’s Mina Ash Shuwaikh harbor. But the Coast Guard was not the only maritime participant in the war effort. Military Sealift Command Maritime Prepositioning Ships from Guam and Diego Garcia were standing ready to deliver equipment for Marine Corps expeditionary forces. U.S. merchant mariners mobilized to crew ships carrying a total of more than 18 billion pounds of supplies for the troops the largest, fastest sealift in history, according to U.S. Navy historians. The Navy also played an outsized role in the conflict. Tomahawk missiles from U.S. Navy warships in the Gulf were some of the first rounds fired in the war, and nearly 300 would be expended by its end. Six aircraft carriers provided the flight decks and air wings for sustained air superiority and bombing sorties up to 140 in a day from a single carrier and nearly 20,000 in all.

And nearly half a century after her first deployment, the Navy battleship Missouri commissioned for World War II and remembered as the venue for the surrender of Japan destroyed Iraqi bunkers, artillery, and fortifications with her 16-inch guns. She also helped to distract Iraqi forces during a diversionary assault on Faylaka Island, which aided the successful ground attack that ended the war. Together, the Missouri and sister ship Wisconsin delivered over a million pounds of ordnance before the cessation of hostilities.

These actions highlight the selfless dedication of those who served. In commemorating the twenty-fifth anniversary of Desert Storm, we know that without the contributions of merchant mariners, the Coast Guard and the Navy servicemembers who answered the call to duty, the rapid buildup, deployment and success of the military effort in the Gulf would never have been possible.

The opinions expressed herein are the author’s and not necessarily those of The Maritime Executive.


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Drama tells story of attack in Libya

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Opens wide across Canada Jan. 22.

For a journeyman, Canadian-born Pablo Schreiber has managed some high-profile roles during his 15-year career. The half-brother of the more famous Liev Schreiber earned an Emmy nomination for his nasty security guard on the Netflix series Orange is the New Black. And he kicked off his actor s life portraying a union leader s dockworker son in HBO s The Wire. Now the 37-year-old s increasing his renown as part of the combat ensemble in Michael Bay s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.

The movie recounts the 2012 clash between six CIA military contractors and armed Islamic militants at a U. S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. Schreiber portrays one of the U.S. soldiers who engage in a series of firefights to hold off pro-terrorist Libyan rebels. In the skirmishes, four Americans, including the U. S. Ambassador to Libya (Christopher Stevens) died. So did hundreds of Libyans. The Bay movie, based on the book 13 Hours by Mitchell Zuckoff, details the action in what is considered an account of the events.

Schreiber, who was raised in Winlaw, B. C., before he moved to the U. S., was thrilled to win the 13 Hours part of Kris (Tanto) Paronto, a former U.S. army Ranger, who took part in the battles. During a recent Toronto promotional stop, the actor offered his thoughts: We ended up having five or six Skype meetings, Schreiber says. We talked at length about his history, and we met in New York. And then he came over to Malta where we were filming for five or six days. I got to understand Kris s unique sense of humour, Schreiber says. He would deal with the stress and tension of what he did by keeping it light. On the added pressure of defining real events:

We wanted (the soldiers) to be happy with how the story was told, he says.

On being accurate with military procedures:

We had a lot of people helping us, Schreiber says. And we became obsessed with the physical training and getting in shape. They trained us up real good. I put on 25 pounds of muscle, which was hard for me because I m a slim guy, he says. It took a lot of lifting and a lot of eating six meals a day. When we got to the set, it was massive and chaotic, and sometimes very disorienting, Schreiber says. So all that training needed to be second nature, and it was. Everybody knows (the Transformers director) can do action, but I think he went to another level as a filmmaker with 13 Days, Schreiber says. He allowed us to build relationships with our characters. There were a lot of moments filming in Malta that I had some doubts, Schreiber says. I knew we were making something that was entertaining, but I was relieved when I saw that the finished film had an emotional depth to it. The film doesn t have easy answers to very difficult questions, Schreiber says. Nobody went home feeling very positive about what happened in Benghazi, and I think we showed that. Oh, I m Canadian, man, he says. I m very proud of my roots. In Canada, everybody s allowed to have their own space and their own opinions, and I love that.