Simo Salmensuu, CEO of Miradore, did us the honor of sitting down with Aviva Zacks of Safety Detectives. She asked him about his company’s Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) platform.
Safety Detectives: Tell me how you got started in the cybersecurity industry and what you love about it.
Simo Salmensuu: My start in cybersecurity is from 2012 when I joined Taiwanese networking manufacturer Zyxel. It was a fascinating jump to a world where the aim was to secure both business and consumer networks.
Cybersecurity has far-reaching effects on the entire society, including companies, employees, and consumers, which makes it an interesting field to work in. It makes the entire world a better place by providing safety for all of us.
That is also why joining Miradore in 2016 was an intriguing next step. The use of different types of mobile devices has increased exponentially, having a direct effect on data security, and Miradore helps companies to safeguard their business by providing a simple way to keep all IT assets fully protected.
SD: What is the main product Miradore offers?
SS: We offer cloud-based device management software that is designed for the needs of small and medium-sized businesses. Our Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) platform makes it easy to manage and secure the diverse mix of Android, Apple, and Windows devices used in today’s modern workplaces.
The increasing decentralization of employees, whether in the home office or in the field, poses far-reaching challenges for companies, especially for SMBs. They must not only ensure cybersecurity but also make sure that employees can work efficiently. There’s pressure to keep IT running smoothly while constantly adapting to changes and staying compliant with regulations, like HIPAA, CJIS, and GDPR.
With Miradore, companies can tackle these challenges. They can secure their IT environment remotely from a single platform while increasing productivity and flexibility. Miradore is a great option for busy and budget-conscious companies who want to get started quickly with device management and need a solution that scales to their needs.
SD: How do you stay ahead in a world filled with cybersecurity companies?
SS: Staying ahead requires active collaboration with different stakeholders. We listen carefully to our customers and their needs and partner with the entire ecosystem.
We have an active dialogue with Google, Microsoft, Apple, and other players in the field, to support their latest technologies. We collaborate with other technology providers, such as Ivanti and TeamViewer, to make sure our product responds to the needs of our customers and helps them manage their devices in a straightforward way.
We have solid and proven 15-year experience in device management and cybersecurity space and we also utilize 3rd party expertise to complement our vision to stay as a forerunner in the industry.
SD: What is the worst cyberthreat today?
SS: The worst cyberthreats are those causing severe damage not only to businesses but also individuals both in the business and consumer space. These kinds of threats shake the whole society’s trust in cybersecurity.
Over the years, scammers and hackers have become extremely good at what they do. It’s not only someone’s hobby but an organized activity. If hackers gain access to your company’s network, they can easily shut down your entire business. Without even mentioning breached customer data, lost reputation, and potential sanctions.
Remote work and the wide selection of different devices used have made cybersecurity quite a complex issue. People are using public networks to access data, which opens possibilities for hackers to exploit any vulnerabilities they can find.
Companies need to be on high alert and secure their IT environment the proper way. There is a lot that companies can do with UEM and MDM software: encrypt data on devices, separate work data from personal data, enforce the use of strong passcodes, and keep software up to date with patch management. It’s also crucial to keep employees well-informed on different cyberthreats so they can identify suspicious activities.
SD: How do you see cybersecurity developing now that we are living through this pandemic?
SS: Let’s take the foggy side first. There has been an increasing amount of cyberattacks during the pandemic. When many people are suddenly working from home, the risks have gotten bigger. Unmanaged home office devices can give hackers easy access to sensitive company data. And this has been a wake-up call to the world to focus on cybersecurity.
On the bright side, there’s been a lot of positive cybersecurity development during these times. Remote working has become a de facto working mode in most of the office work companies all around the world. This has heavily increased the companies’ interest in focusing on the employee remote working conditions, including cybersecurity. Employers want to make sure employees can work remotely in a safe and secure environment, with safe devices, safe software, safe networks, and safe practices.
In general, awareness of different security threats has increased, and people are taking them more seriously. Using real-time data for active threat prevention will be one of the core elements in cybersecurity.