Mika Lauhde

Mika Lauhde

Mika Lauhde

Short Bio

Mika is responsible for Government Relations and Business Development in SSH. Prior to joining SSH Communications Security, Mika headed the Business Security and Continuity in Nokia Corporation where he was responsible for government relations in the IT security sector as well crisis management, criminal compliancy, fraud prevention, and terminal crypto solutions.

Mika has extensive experience in security-related topics and governmental institutions both in Europe and the USA. Currently, he is a member of ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency) Permanent Stakeholder Group, the European Cyber Security Research Center, and the Finnish Government Cyber Security working group.

Member of ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency) PSG (2009 – ); Management member of Leuven University European Crypto Task Force (2014 – ); Europol working group (2014 – ); Management member of European Cyber Security Research Center(2011 – ); Member of Finnish Government Cyber Security working group (2013 – ); Founding Member and Board Member of TDL (Trust in Digital Life) (2010 – 2013); Member of EU government security advisory board RISEPTIS (2007-2009); Member of Finnish government ICT security advisory board (2007 – 2010); Member of UK government critical infrastructure protection group CPNI (2005 – 2009).

Crypto, tool to protect your citizen privacy?

When discussing from advantages and challenges with Encryption and anonymity in online media, perhaps even considering what should be do with it, it would be first imperative to understand current status of encryption and anonymity and where they are going.

Encryption was invented thousands of years ago, and even anybody would be deciding to forbid that, it will not disappear in our lifetime. Despite like many other global technology standardization, instead of bringing interoperability and commonly working solutions in our hands, standardizations only end result has been, that we have now huge amount of global and national standards available, and some of those are even build so, they will contain weaknesses to make those working badly. So why to trust to any standard or even bother to use those?

And crypto is in business as well. Some are making it for living, for some it is only mandatory requirements to run the business. So crypto is tied always for something else. When you run the business either you fulfill the compliancy, you meet the standards or you protect assets. So having profitable business to run, is also allowing having decision power in your hands to make vital decisions what/how/which crypto you will use and even master the material protected with it.

Especially in online media (or Internet), where transport platform is not in hands of any single player or state, we need to understand what are our possibilities to influence for protection and anonymity of data and media. Number of European Crypto players have been shrinking all the time, Europe’s possibility to intervene for the encrypted media/data or protect media/data from others, has been challenged. What are our current capability and skills? Where we can influence and what is outside of our hands?

Let’s have a bit light to this, before we start to inventing solutions.