F-Secure says expands business, R&D in Asia

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SINGAPORE, Oct 8 (Reuters) Finnish security software maker F-Secure Corp said on Monday it is expanding its research and development facility in Malaysia as its Asia Pacific business grows.

Jari Heinonen, who heads F-Secure's business in the region, said staffing at its security laboratory in Kuala Lumpur, its only such facility outside Finland, would increase to 100 from 75 at present. The facility was opened last year.

''The security lab in Kuala Lumpur is our latest addition to our global emergency response set-up. Of the 100 people that we'll have there by the end of this year about 40 percent would be experts in malware (such as computer viruses) and security research and software development,'' Heinonen said in an interview.

F-Secure is Europe's leading provider of security software to protect individuals and companies from threats from the Internet and mobile networks. It competes with global rivals such as McAfee Inc and Symantec Corp of the U.S. and Japan's Trend Micro <4704.T>.

''The Kuala Lumpur lab will provide support to our fast growing customer base in Asia and respond to threats globally during its watch hours. It will also do about 70 percent of all research and development for our anti-virus products,'' Heinonen said.

REUTERS SR VP1210

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