Sramana Mitra: I’m going to ask you one last question. As you’re sitting in your vantage point, what are some open problems that you could point new entrepreneurs to go try to solve?
Ondrej Vlcek: We only scratched the surface of AI. AI is obvious. Many of the jobs that we have today will become obsolete because of AI. They are already becoming obsolete.>>>
Sramana Mitra: What else do you want to highlight in this conversation?
Ondrej Vlcek: I saw the article that you wrote about three years ago when you were interviewing our previous CEO. That was a pretty thorough interview on various parts of our history. This was written four years ago. Maybe it will be good to give you some updates.
Sramana Mitra: Absolutely.>>>
Ondrej Vlcek: To do security properly is not cheap. All these vendors might be creating great coffee makers or toasters, but they have no experience in building software.
What they typically do is reuse something that is publicly available and hire some people. The end product is very poor when it comes to security quality. This is not feasible in the long term.>>>
Ondrej Vlcek: There’s also something called spear-phishing. Spear-phishing is targeted phishing that is sent to a specific individual with a handcrafted individual which includes details from the personal life of the person or some kind of project or product that person is working on. It could also be something that makes the entire message much more credible.
At the end of the day, the odds of the victim clicking is higher. The problem with spear-phishing is that it has been difficult and expensive to conduct. You would have to do some kind of research and study. You have to craft the message so that it comes across as genuine.>>>
In this edition of the TLCS interview series, we discuss the immense vulnerabilities in B2C security.
Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience briefly to Avast. We’ve covered the company before and we’ll put that in context. From your perspective, do provide a little bit of summary and also a bit about yourself.>>>
Kris Lahiri: We’ve had a company that specializes in just drone pictures. They take live pictures of a site by drones and keeps that integrated. It uses this as an update to see how that project is progressing and roll that up into whatever reporting they want.
It doesn’t have to separately figure out what to do with the data from the company that works on drone. That is integrated through Egnyte. Similarly, there are these ecosystems that are built out for many industries. Life sciences is a good example.>>>
Kris Lahiri: There is another angle which is what you were referring to. I’ll bring up Egnyte in the life sciences space. Nowadays, there’s a lot of very serious work being done by life sciences companies that are using either genomics or other types of DNA sequencing, which needs a huge amount of elastic compute.
It’s a perfect environment for what happens in the public cloud like Google Cloud and AWS. The results of those experiments is what they need to collaborate on.>>>
Kris Lahiri: In those four to five years, IT either did not have the tools that they would like or people’s thinking had to change. IT was just constantly looked at as a naysayer. If I go and ask my IT how to build this environment, they’re just going to say no.
So I’ll get a department-level AWS account and go build this out in AWS and demonstrate certain results. I’ll integrate some kind of a Hadoop backend and process all this data. They’re able to really work and produce results very rapidly.>>>