RSAC Fireside Chat: Achieving ‘outcome-based security’ by blending cybersecurity, business goals

By Byron Acohido

Could cybersecurity someday soon be implemented as a business enabler, instead of continuing to be viewed as an onerous business expense?

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This would fit nicely with the ‘stronger together’ theme heralded at RSA Conference 2023.

WithSecure is one cybersecurity vendor that is certainly on this path. I had a lively conversation at Moscone Center with CEO Juhani Hintikka and CTO Tim Orchard all about something they’re championing as “outcome-based security.” In sum, this refers to the notion of correlating the mix of security tools and services a company has at hand much more directly with precisely defined business targets.

“We actually need to integrate cybersecurity with the business goals of the enterprise,” Hintikka observes.

WithSecure isn’t a startup; it’s the rebranding of Helsinki-based F-Secure, which has been around since 1988 and is well-established as a leading supplier of endpoint security and threat intelligence.

Guest experts: Tim Orchard, CTO, and Juhani Hintikka, CEO, WithSecure

Hintikka and Orchard argue for a more collaborative style of security services; for a drill down on our conversation please give the accompanying podcast a close listen.

The efficacy of this approach, they told me, is proving out in the success WithSecure is having with its customers, especially mid-sized companies. “In Germany, which is famous for mid-market companies, we seamlessly integrate our MDR service on top of our customers’ legacy systems, working alongside their teams,” Hintikka told me. “It’s truly a joint effort.”

The maturation of managed security services continues. There should be plenty more to come. I’ll keep watch and keep reporting.


Pulitzer Prize-winning business journalist Byron V. Acohido is dedicated to fostering public awareness about how to make the Internet as private and secure as it ought to be.

(LW provides consulting services to the vendors we cover.)

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