Nixu Corporation

Nixu is a cybersecurity services company on a mission to keep the digital society running. Our passion is to help organizations embrace digitalization safely.

 

 

 

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Nixu is a cybersecurity services company on a mission to keep the digital society running. Our passion is to help organizations embrace digitalization securely. Partnering with our clients we provide practical solutions for ensuring business continuity, an easy access to digital services and data protection. We aim to provide the best workplace to our team of nearly 400 cybersecurity professionals with a hands-on attitude. With Nordic roots we serve enterprise clients worldwide. Nixu shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange.

We are

Professional


Professional

collaborative


Collaborative

Passionate


Passionate for cybersecurity

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Humane

History

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1988

Het verhaal van Nixu begon in Finland, in het laboratorium van de Universiteit van Aalto voor Wetenschap en Technologie, toen Pekka Nikander in 1988 Nixun oprichtte. De naam 'Nixu' is afgeleid van de achternaam van Pekka, het Unix-besturingssysteem en het universiteitslab voor computerstudenten - met de bijnaam 'Niksula' - waar Nikander als student werkte.

1989

Nixu organiseerde het eerste seminar over virussen als voorbode van de bedrijfsactiviteiten op het gebied van informatiebeveiliging.

1990

Nixu pionierde met de opmars van TCP/IP door klanten te helpen met e-mailsystemen via internet.

1992

De eerste betaalde medewerkers traden in dienst bij Nixu. De belangrijkste klant was de internetprovider Telecom Finland.

1994

Het volwaardige commerciële ISP-platform werd geleverd aan Telecom Finland, vandaag de dag Telia geheten. Nixu ontwikkelde verschillende generaties van dit platform en beheerde de DNS-service tot 1998.

1995

De medewerkers van Nixu maakten en begonnen een frisdrankautomaat op hun kantoor. De automaat werd via internet bediend door middel van een Linux-systeem.

1996

De eerste versie van Namesurfer werd uitgebracht. Hiermee kunnen DNS-adressen worden beheerd. Oiva Karppinen werd CEO van Nixu.

1997

Nixu haalde Ericsson binnen als nieuwe klant.

1998

Nixu sloot een overeenkomst met Saoedi-Arabië over het nationale internetnetwerk met King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology. Nixu implementeerde en beheerde het superknooppunt, internationale gateways en beheersystemen van het nationale internet voor KACST in Saoedi-Arabië. De landenorganisatie van Nixu werd opgericht. Nixu ging in hetzelfde jaar een langdurige relatie aan met Nokia.

1999

Nixu groeide door NetPeople Oy over te nemen.

2000

Nixu bleef uitbreiden dankzij de overnamen van Magic Cookie Oy en Datatieto Oy. Nixu Middle East FZ-LLC werd opgericht en geregistreerd in Dubai Internet City.

2002

Rabbe Mattila werd CEO van Nixu.

2004

Nixu ontwikkelde een nieuwe mobiele service voor providers en dienstverleners. Deze werd gepresenteerd tijdens de 3GSM-conferentie in Cannes, Frankrijk.

2006

Timo Kotilainen begon als CEO van Nixu. Namesurfer en de bijbehorende spin-off werden overgenomen door Nixu Software Oy. In hetzelfde jaar werd Nixu door MasterCard en Visa erkend als standaardautitor voor PCI-gegevensbeveiliging.

2008

Nixu richtte zich op sterkere groei binnen de primaire bedrijfstak en verkocht de activiteiten in het Midden-Oosten aan twee particuliere ondernemers.

2009

Nixu verhuisde zijn vestiging van de wijk Käpylä in Helsink naar een nieuwe en veiligere locatie in Keilaranta in Espoo.

2010

Bij Nixu werkten voor het eerst meer dan 100 medewerkers. Als onderdeel van de Nixu Group werd het nieuwe initiatief 'Nixu Open' opgericht. Nixu werd lid van de groep rondom het Information Security Forum. Daarnaast bracht Nixu in hetzelfde jaar een uitgebreide whitepaper uit over informatiebeveiliging in clouddiensten.

2011

Het concept 'Tietovastuu' (verantwoordelijkheid ten aanzien van informatie) en de website Tietovastuu.fi werden gelanceerd. Mark Kauppi werd lid van de raad van bestuur van Nixu.

2012

Juhani Kaskeala, Chief of Defence van de Finse Defensie (gepensioneerd) werd gekozen tot lid van de raad van bestuur van Nixu. Het concept 'Nixu Personas' voor identiteitsbeheer werd gelanceerd. CEO Timo Kotilainen van Nixu werd benoemd tot hoofd van de Finnish Information Security Cluster (FISC).

2013

Nixu viert dat het bedrijf 25 jaar bestaat en organiseert als hoogtepunt ene seminar over cybersecurity voor bedrijven voor CEO's. In 2013 realiseerde Nixu projecten voor klanten in meer dan 20 landen. Nixu nam voor de eerste keer deel aan de Cyberlympics-hackwedstrijd en behaalde de 4e plaats.

2014

Nixu nam Panorama Partners Oy over. Dit bedrijf was gespecialiseerd in gebruikersbeheer en digitale identiteiten. Door de overname werd het team met experts van Nixu met bijna 40 personen uitgebreid. Petri Kairinen werd benoemd tot CEO van Nixu. De dochteronderneming, Nixu Software Oy, werd afgesplitst van de Nixu Group. In december 2014 werden de eerste aandelen in Nixu verhandeld via First North.

2015

Nixu richtte een dochteronderneming op: Nixu B.V. in Nederland. Nixu B.V. stond onder leiding van algemeen directeur Patrick van der Valk. De nieuwe service 'Cyber Defense Center' werd geïntroduceerd. Het CDC van Nixu was een op technologie gebaseerd servicepakket dat klanten een digitale omgeving bood voor realtime toezicht en onderzoek naar inbraken. We waren up-to-date over de bedreigingen voor webservices van organisaties.

2016

Nixu Certification Oy, de onafhankelijk dochteronderneming van Nixu Corporation, kreeg van Ficora de status als officieel inspectieorgaan voor informatiebeveiliging. Tegelijkertijd ontving Nixu Certification de internationale ISO 27001-certificering, waardoor Nixu Certification de beheersystemen voor informatiebeveiliging in organisaties kan certificeren.
Nixu blijft zijn activiteiten uitbreiden: Nixu betreedt de Zweedse markt door Swedish Europoint Networking AB en Safeside Solutions AB over te nemen. Het levert een sterke positie op de Zweedse markt op. In hetzelfde jaar richtte Nixu een dochteronderneming in de Verenigde Staten op en werd een nieuw model voor de internationale organisatie vastgesteld.

2017

Nixu bleef flink groeien: het bedrijf voerde twee overnamen van bedrijven uit door het internationaal ervaren Expert Solution Support Center BV (ESSC) en Bitsec AB, een bedrijf dat primair actief is in Zweden, in te lijven. Na deze aankopen blijkt Nixu een duidelijke internationale speler. In 2017 telde Nixu in totaal meer dan 300 medewerkers. De Finse Defensie kende Nixu een nationale beveiligingsinklaring voor faciliteiten toe.

 

2018

Verhandeling van het Nixu aandeel verhuist van de Nasdaq First North naar de Nasdaq Helsinki Stock Exchange Official List. Team NX – het Nixu CTF-team – veroverde tweede plek bij de Global Cyberlympics 2018. Nixu’s jubileumjaar bereikte haar hoogtepunt op 4 december tijdens het Nixu NXT event in Helsinki, waar de 30-jarige geschiedenis van Nixu werd gevierd en vooral de toekomst van cybersecurity.    

2019

Nixu versterkte de marktpositie in Zweden verder door het overnemen van de cybersecurity activiteiten van het beveiligingsbedrijf Vesper Group. Daarnaast opende Nixu lokale activiteiten in Denemarken door de overname van Ezenta A/S, een gespecialiseerd cybersecurity bedrijf. In juni werd Nixu Certification Ltd. geaccrediteerd voor het auditen van zwaarbeveiligde informatiesystemen. In augustus, kondigde Nixu de groeiambitie aan voor 2020-2024.

Board of Directors

Kimmo Rasila

Kimmo Rasila

Chairman of the Board since 2006
  • Member of the Board since 2005
  • MSc (Econ)
  • Born 1957


Professional experience: IBM, Tietotekniikan Liitto ry, CEO of ExecNet Oy since 2003.

Kimmo had a long career at IBM (1980–2003) and was a member of the IBM Finland Management Team between 1994 and 2003. Currently, Kimmo is an independent entrepreneur, providing management coaching and serving on the Board of Directors of several ICT companies.
 

Marko Kauppi

Marko Kauppi

Deputy Chair of the Board since 2014
  • Member of the Board since 2011
  • MSc (Econ)
  • Born 1970


Professional experience: University of Vaasa, ABB, Opstock, Enskilda Securities, Mandatum, Arvo Omaisuudenhoito.

After starting his career in academia, Marko took a more industry-oriented path by joining ABB, and moved to the financial sector some years later. He worked for 12 years in brokerage and banking. Currently Marko is the CEO of Visio Varainhoito Oy. Since 2009, Marko has been an entrepreneur, managing his company Tenendum Oy and serving on the Board of Directors of several companies.

Kati Hagros

Kati Hagros

Member of the Board since 2014
  • MSc in Social Sciences and MSc in Technology
  • Born 1970


Professional experience: BNL Information Oy, Nokia Corporation, KONE Corporation, Aalto University.

Kati has had a long international career in the high tech industry. She has extensive experience from various managerial positions in e-business, IT, and other related areas. She is currently the Chief Digital Officer of Aalto University. In 2014, she received the Finnish CIO of the Year and the Nordic CIO of the Year awards, and was recently named among the top 50 most inspirational women in Nordic tech. Additionally, Kati serves as the Chair of the Board at the Research Foundation of Helsinki University of Technology.

Juhani Kaskeala

Juhani Kaskeala

Member of the Board since 2012
  • Admiral
  • Born 1946

 

Professional experience: Finnish Defence Forces in several positions 1965–2009, last as Commander of the Finnish Defence Forces 2001–2009.

Juhani’s contribution to the Nixu Board includes his deep knowledge of public administration, an extensive network of contacts, and his understanding of the rising importance of cyber defense. Since 2011, Juhani has been Managing Director of Admiral Consulting Oy, that he established. Currently, Juhani serves as a Member of the Board of Oy Forcit Ab and KONE Corporation.

Anders Silwer

Anders Silwer

Member of the Board since 2019

Lieutenant General (Res)
Born 1959

 

Professional experience: Air Force Inspector 2008-2011, Chief of Joint Operations 2011-2012 and Chief Joint Training and Development 2013-2017 in the Swedish Defence Force. Member of the Board at Advenica AB and Swedish Fortifications Administration.

Anders has a long career in the Swedish Defence Forces and is still a reserve officer. After retiring from active duty he established his own consulting company, Anders Silwer AB. Anders´ contribution to the Nixu Board includes his extensive knowledge of public administration in Sweden, a wide network of contacts and his interest in the rising importance of cyber defense.

Tuija Soanjärvi

Tuija Soanjärvi

Member of the Board since 2015
  • MSc (Econ)
  • Born 1955

 

Professional experience: TietoEnator Corporation, Elisa Corporation, Itella Corporation.

For 15 years, Tuija served as the Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Board for various public companies and, for five years, as the CFO of a fully state-owned company. As CFO, she has been responsible not only for corporate funding and finance, but also procurement, real estate property and premises, mergers and acquisitions, information security, and the governance of internal audits. Tuija has served as a Member of the Board for various companies since the late 1990s. Currently she is a Member of the Board of Nixu Corporation and Edgeware AB.Tuija also serves as the chair of the Finnish Orienteering Federation.

Teemu Tunkelo

Teemu Tunkelo

Member of the Board since 2018
  • M.Sc. (Eng.), Ph.D. (Econ)
  • Born 1961

 

Professional experience: Teemu Tunkelo, CTO and EVP Platform Services, Voith Digital Solutions, is re- sponsible for the technologies of digitalization solu- tions, and the related new service business in the Voith Group in Germany.

Prior to joining Voith, he held senior positions at Nokia, Siemens, ABB and Invensys. His previous work experience includes development of embedded hardware, communication and soft- ware systems at Nokia Data and international ex- perience of ICT- system development and business management at Siemens, ABB and Invensys.

Corporate Leadership Team

Petri Kairinen

Petri Kairinen

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • MSc (Econ)
  • Born 1977

 

Petri has been Nixu’s CEO since 2014 and has served as a Member of the Management team since 2006. Petri’s most important responsibilities include leading Nixu’s operating culture in such a way that the Nixu professionals thrive and evolve to perform their duties. Petri's service promise to Nixuans is 24HEar that is, the promise to read and acknowledge all incoming messages from employees within 24 hours. Before becoming CEO, Petri headed Nixu’s sales and marketing since 2006. He has previous experience from sales and marketing positions in several technology-based companies such as Elcoteq, Affecto, and Hewlett-Packard.

Email: firstname.lastname@nixu.com
Twitter: @kairinen

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Janne Kärkkäinen

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
  • MSc (Econ)
  • Born 1973

 

Janne Kärkäinen was appointed CFO in January 2016. As CFO Janne is responsible for Nixu Group’s financial management and risk management, and operational support functions. Additionally, he serves as Nixu’s deputy CEO and Secretary of the Board. Janne is an experienced CFO with a long international career, providing Nixu with wide-ranging international expertise in the financial management of consulting and service companies. Before joining Nixu, Janne worked as CFO at M-Brain, Global Intelligence Alliance Group, and Tetra Pak.


Email: firstname.lastname@nixu.com

Katja Müller

Katja Müller

Chief People Officer (CPO)
  • MSc (Econ)
  • Born 1976

 

Katja was appointed Chief People Officer in October 2017. Katja joined Nixu in September 2016 as Head of People Operations. Katja has extensive experience of human resources in professional services firms and technology industry, thanks to previous positions at Accenture, Lenovo and KPMG, among others.

Email: firstname.lastname@nixu.com

Kim Westerlund

Kim Westerlund

Chief Development Officer (CDO)
  • University-level studies
  • Born 1975

 

Kim Westerlund was appointed as Nixu’s Chief Development Officer (CDO) in February 2014. As CDO, Kim is responsible for the service, people and overall development including support systems at Nixu. Before taking the duties of CDO, Kim was managing the security architecture business at Nixu since 2005. Before joining Nixu, Kim has held information security positions at Hewlett-Packard and Finland’s Post.

Email: firstname.lastname@nixu.com
Twitter: @_Kimwesterlund

Jesper Svegby

Jesper Svegby

Chief Commercial Officer (CCO)
  • Born 1975



Jesper was appointed Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) in January 2018. As CCO, Jesper is responsible for the overall management of Nixu Corporation’s sales, marketing and customer relations. He carries more than 17 years of experience from the Cyber Security market on an international level. Jesper has covered several roles within globally leading product companies, most recent with international responsibility of strategic sales at Check Point Software Technologies. Jesper has a long history in commercializing products and services for the international market at large scale. Jesper joins the team from the position as CEO of acquired company Bitsec.

Email: firstname.lastname@nixu.com

Valtteri Peltomäki

Valtteri Peltomäki

Finland Market Area leader
  • MSc (Econ)
  • Born 1981

 

Valtteri was appointed Finnish Market Area Leader in January 2018. Valtteri is responsible for the development of Finnish business activities, personnel, and customer collaboration. He’s long experience with Nixu and Finnish key customers allow him to develop Finnish business even further, so we can pilot new service plans for worldwide use.  Valtteri Joined Nixu in 2008. Before becoming Finnish Market area Leader, Valtteri has served as Nixu’s CCO since 2014, his responsibilities being sales, marketing, and sales partners. In addition, he has held various sales and marketing positions at Nixu. 

Email: firstname.lastname@nixu.com
Twitter: @vapelto

Market Area Leaders

Matthijs van der Wel

Matthijs van der Wel

Benelux Market Area Leader
  • MBA, CISSP©, CISA©, GCTI©
  • Born 1972

 

Matthijs was appointed Head of Benelux Market in May 2019. In this role, he is responsible for Nixu’s operation in the Benelux market, including the development of our Benelux business activities, personnel, and customer collaboration. Matthijs is a senior leader with a long history, nearly 20 years, in the cybersecurity industry. Prior to joining Nixu, Matthijs has worked at companies such as Fox-IT, served as a Corporate Security Officer for Booking.com and has held the role of Director Cyber Forensics at PwC in the Netherlands.

Email: firstname.lastname@nixu.com

 

Valtteri Peltomäki

Valtteri Peltomäki

Finnish Market Area leader
  • MSc (Econ)
  • Born 1981

 

Valtteri was appointed Finnish Market Area Leader in January 2018. Valtteri is responsible for the development of Finnish business activities, personnel, and customer collaboration. He’s long experience with Nixu and Finnish key customers allow him to develop Finnish business even further, so we can pilot new service plans for worldwide use.  Valtteri Joined Nixu in 2008. Before becoming Finnish Market area Leader, Valtteri has served as Nixu’s CCO since 2014, his responsibilities being sales, marketing, and sales partners. In addition, he has held various sales and marketing positions at Nixu.

Email: firstname.lastname@nixu.com
Twitter: @vapelto

Björn-Erik Karlsson

Björn-Erik Karlsson

Swedish Market Area leader

Born 1963



Björn-Erik was appointed Swedish Market Area Leader in April 2018. Björn-Erik is responsible for Nixu’s operation in Sweden, including development of our Swedish business activities, personnel, and customer collaboration. With more than 25 years in executive positions within the IT- and information industry he has extensive experience from leading and supporting successfully growth companies in optimizing efficiency and securing strong deliveries during times of change and through challenging initiatives such as mergers and acquisitions. Before joining Nixu, Björn-Erik has recently worked at companies like Atea and Bisnode.

Email: firstname.lastname@nixu.com

 

 

Niels Kemal Onat

Niels Kemal Onat

Denmark Market Area Leader

MBA, MSc (Econ.)

 

Niels was appointed Danish Market Area Leader in March 2019. He joined Nixu from the acquired company Ezenta, where he held the position of CEO since 2010.

As Market Area Leader, Niels is responsible for Nixu’s operations in the Danish market, including the development of our Danish business activities, personnel and customer collaboration. Niels is a seasoned leader with nearly 20 years of experience within the IT-, media-, and service industry.

Email: firstname.lastname@nixu.com