“Everyone, every organization, assimilates and uses information security tools, from antivirus to sandbox-based methods to containing the risk of malware and malicious files, “said Bensi Nazra, EMEA sales & support, at the Israeli cybersecurity leader, odix.

Nazra was recently interviewed by People and Computers magazine as part of the GISEC conference, held this previous week in Dubai. odix attended the conference together with its local distributor Cyway,  a Gulf integration company specializing in Cybersecurity solutions and services.

“We have developed advanced algorithms that neutralize potential malware hidden in files,” Nazra explained, “Our approach makes it possible to safely open files that are in daily use, such as PDF documents, office, images, and videos, without fear of new and unknown damage being hidden in them.”

According to Nazra, “If you do not find a hidden vulnerability in the file, it does not mean that there is no risk – only that your technology has not yet found it. The true value of odix’s solution stands in its ability to ensure files entering the organization are ‘clean’, secure, and fully sanitized. The threat by scanning with sandbox-based systems is that if a malicious element is not found – then the file is accessible to the end-user while it still may contain malware. With the odix TrueCDR™ process, we provide a more secure alternative to scanning. In practice, our solutions take the file, analyze it on a binary level, break it down into small parts and then reassemble it while maintaining full functionality. ”

odix’s clients include General Electric (GE), EIB Luxembourg, the largest investment bank in Europe, the American Vistra energy, and in Israel – government ministries, including the Ministry of Health, entities from the defense sector, Harel Insurance, Migdal Insurance, Ashdod Port, Mifal Hapayis, the Municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo, employment bureaus and more. According to Nazra, odix is currently in advanced negotiations with several public and government companies in the Gulf region illustrating its market value in the gulf and beyond.

“We have accumulated vast experience in the field of Content Disarm & Reconstruction technology, commonly referred to as CDR or Deep File Inspection – in enterprise organizations,” said Nazra, “The most powerful and well-known attack vector is e-mail (94% of malware enters via email attachments), and it includes two core types of attacks, mainly phishing or a file with an attachment containing embedded malware. According to Nazra, where odix really shines is its ability to support the Microsoft 365 ecosystem. “Because Microsoft 365 is the largest business email platform in the world, used by over 200 million users daily, we’re focused on doing everything we can to cater of solutions to optimize Microsoft’s native level security protections. We interface to it from the inside, so we can clear all internal traffic.”

“I do not engage in intimidation,” Nazra concluded, “but I do tell customers that they do not have a high and sufficient level of information security. Fortunately, none of our customers has been harmed after implementing our CDR-based solutions. That’s why I tell executives that they must think outside the box to improve a holistic cyber defense, otherwise, they will lose business, customers will abandon them, and operational failures are clearly on the horizon. Investing in a protective solution, like any form of deterrence will always be cheaper than the cost of a single hack. Security is not a one-time – as a result investing in a high level of protection will always pay substantial dividends. ”

This article was originally published in Hebrew at People and Computers magazine on June 3rd, 2021.