SSH Communications Security Appoints Antti Huima as CTO

Tech Veteran to Lead Strategic Data Security Development in New Role

| Source: SSH Communications Security Oyj

HELSINKI, Finland, 2013-06-12 13:30 CEST (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SSH Communications Security, known the world over as the inventor of the ubiquitous secure shell and SFTP protocols, today announced the appointment of Antti Huima as chief technology officer (CTO). In this role, Mr. Huima will contribute in developing SSH’s next generation technologies and solutions.

Key Facts:

  • Huima to lead strategic direction management for the development of SSH’s next generation technologies
  • Previously held CEO and board positions at Conformiq, Inc., based in Silicon Valley
  • Holds an M.S. in Computer Science from Aalto University, Helsinki
  • Master program thesis paper won several awards, including the Annual Award for a Distinguished Master’s Thesis in Finland from the Finnish Association for Theoretical Computer Science

Huima previously held rotating executive positions, including CEO, at Conformiq Inc, a Silicon Valley-based leader in computer-assisted test design for telecommunications systems, embedded software and enterprise applications. At Conformiq, Huima created the company’s technical platform and led the company to multimillion-dollar revenues. Prior to Conformiq, Mr. Huima was a researcher at SSH Communications Security, where he played an integral role in cryptographic protocol management for SSH’s product lines.

Huima holds M.S. in computer science from Aalto University, Helsinki. His Master's thesis “Analysis of cryptographic protocols via symbolic state space enumeration” won the Annual Award for a Distinguished Master's Thesis in Finland from the Finnish Association for Theoretical Computer Science and was selected as the best Master's Thesis in the Faculty for Information Sciences at Aalto University in 1999.  It provided the first known method for automatically analyzing the security of cryptographic protocols with unrestricted state spaces.  He has also taught graduate-level courses in computer security and algorithmic testing and has contributed to various international standards.

Supporting Quotes:

Antti Huima, CTO of SSH Communications Security, said:

“Nowadays, information networks are present everywhere forming the backbone of the whole modern society. While the networks have become a necessity and are irreplaceable, the risks of cyber crime have reached a whole new level. Organizations must be as proactive and forward-thinking as possible to protect their information assets from malicious insiders or hackers. SSH Communications Security is a growing company in a fast-moving market, and I am pleased to join such an innovative, world-class team helping to solve these real-world problems.”

Tatu Ylönen, CEO and founder of SSH Communications Security, said:

“The market for comprehensive SSH environment management is dynamic and growing, demonstrating the keen demand for next-generation solutions that deliver compliance and reduce risk in the network environment. Antti’s deep technical understanding of security technologies, testing and quality control, and development of complex, scalable algorithms and data structures, will help SSH Communications Security continue its growth path of success by securing the most demanding and complex IT environments in the world.”

About SSH Communications Security

Founded in 1995, SSH Communications Security is the company that invented the SSH protocol - the gold standard protocol for data-in-transit security solutions. Today, over 3,000 customers across the globe - including seven of the Fortune 10 - trust our Information Assurance Platform to secure the path to their information assets. We enable and enhance business for thousands of customers in multiple industries in the private and public sectors around the world. A fast-growing company, SSH Communications Security operates in the Americas, Europe, and APAC regions, with headquarters located in Helsinki, Finland. The company shares (SSH1V) are quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. 

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