F-Secure Sense will plug security hole across connected homes to protect internet-connected things

F-Secure announced that the company is offering a single device that will secure internet-connected things in consumers’ homes. F-Secure SENSE combines a secure Wi-Fi router with an advanced security app and cloud protection to provide the missing piece that modern homes need to secure any device, computer or appliance that connects online.

By the end of 2017, consumers will be using 5.2 billion connected things, according to Gartner. That number is set to more than double to 12.8 billion by 2020. As many of these devices gain access to our most intimate aspects of life, consumers feel worried and helpless on how they should secure themselves against threats they read about almost daily. Unfortunately, they’re receiving little-to-no reassurance from the IoT-device manufacturers.

SENSE is hardware designed by F-Secure to protect all internet-connected things in connected homes with a blanket of security that combines a secure Wi-Fi router with an advanced security app and cloud protection. The SENSE router protects everything from desktop computers to phones to smart TVs to baby monitors against viruses and hackers; the SENSE advanced security app manages the SENSE network, offering additional security features that provide protection on the go, depending on the platform being used; and the SENSE cloud utilizes artificial intelligence to sense the traffic of connected home devices and to protect against IoT threats and hacking.

F-Secure will initially deliver SENSE directly to customers and then plans to roll the product out to the 200 broadband and mobile operators already offering the company’s security products around the world.

“It’s an inspiring time for F-Secure and the IoT security industry,” says Perttu Tynkkynen, F-Secure Vice-President of Direct Consumer Sales & Marketing. “There are new developments on nearly a daily basis. Within a short time of launching, we expect SENSE to receive regular updates with new security features to keep consumers protected at all times against evolving threats.”

“We are extremely pleased to launch F-Secure SENSE to our consumer customers and operator partners,” says Executive Vice President Kristian Järnefelt. “Many of our operator partners are already looking into securing the connected home and F-Secure is uniquely positioned to help them execute on this strategy. By combining award-winning endpoint protection, network-based security and a cyber security ready router hardened against hacking, a capability that many traditional Wi-Fi routers lack, SENSE provides one seamless solution that delivers the security most connected homes are missing, as the IoT explosion is happening.”

The release of F-Secure SENSE was previously announced and does not have an impact on F-Secure’s financial outlook for 2017.

F-Secure SENSE is available online and includes the hardware and software, as well as a 12-month subscription to the service for 199 EUR/USD. Monthly subscriptions can be renewed for 9,90 EUR/USD per month.

SENSE is currently available for order in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, United States and the United Kingdom, with availability for more countries set to be added in the future. Device shipments and software will be available next month.

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