2 [Votiro] How hackers use weaponised documents to attack you

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Have you ever posted an open position on your website or linkedin? Have you or your employees ever received resumes in a pdf format via email or message services? 

By pretending to be an applicant for your job advertisement  or application, hackers  send you a pdf that can contain malware and hack your system via a malicious document or pdf. 

In today’s episode of Cybersquawk we’ll be talking to Aviv Grafi, a former Israeli offensive and the co-founder of Votiro, an award-winning cybersecurity company.

Votiro technology removes human error risk and uses a secure file gateway technology to clean all files incoming and replicate them safely so that people and companies can open everything stress and threat free without interruption to everyday business.  

Aviv Grafi, believes why no one is safe from weaponised files and through Votiro he protects organisations and individuals from falling into a phishing attack. With an Israeli Intelligence background and years of experience as a ‘white hat hacker’, Aviv and Votiro aim to ensure every business is security enabled without interruption to everyday processes.

In this episode Aviv shares:

  • His background in offensive, disrupting the cybersphere
  • How anyone can be hacked via a weaponised document
  • The very common weaponised document that most companies would not be prepared for
  • Real life examples of a company getting attacked by an attack email document
  • Their technology and how it solves human selection error from phishing attacks
  • If he is seeing an increase in weaponised documents

Key Quotes

“One thing I was doing after sitting with clients was showing them how I could hack them.”

“There is a constant tension between security and productivity.”

“We believe that every security needs to be a business enabler and not a restrictive security.”

“Security by itself is it’s too restrictive, no one would use it.”

“Let’s not try to find the bad stuff because that’s doomed to fail…let’s just deliver safe content.”

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 About Cybersquawk

After working on Cybersecurity opportunities for a couple of years and despite having experts in the team, the Cybersquawk founders saw how technical heavy information in this space was. As this is a problem and responsibility that affects everyone Cybersquawk has been created to democratise the Cyber conversation.  Created by generalists for generalists.

Series 1 covers high level issues and considerations, threats and recent hacks and some technologies attempting to solve the problems for large and small operators.

About Maysaffron

Maysaffron, established 2015, is an investment professional led firm that connects companies and funds with the Middle East and Asia Pacific. In 2021 the firm commenced direct investments in future themes. Cybersecurity is an area of focus for the firm and its partners.

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