From the army to the civilian world, meet odix’s CEO-Dr. Oren Eytan

We would love to hear and learn about you and your background. Could you please introduce yourself?

My name is Oren Eytan, I am the CEO of odix. I have a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering from Tel Aviv University, a master’s degree and a doctorate from the University of Texas at Harrington. I served 25 years in the IDF. The last position I held was Head of the Cipher, Cyber ​​and Security Center, the unit in the IDF’s Cyber ​​Defense Division. This unit is responsible for the issue of cyber defense of the State of Israel in the IDF.

Could you tell us about your company, odix and what is innovative in it?

What is the best part of your job and what do you love most about it?

Without any hesitation, I would say the team and people in the company. I have by far the best team. They are all committed, hard workers and we’re having fun together. I enjoy getting up in the morning and getting to work (or on Zoom) to meet them and work with them. This is definitely the best part of my work. After I retired from the army, I promised myself that I would only do things that I enjoyed and today I enjoy every day and I love my job.

“Running a start-up is a journey full of challenges, and I love challenges, I like to face challenges and to “tackle” them.”

Due to the corona, everyone has moved to the online world and obviously other viruses apart from the corona broke out. Could you tell us how the Coronavirus impacted your company?

The first big challenge to face in this new reality of the Corona is the remote work, which is certainly not simple. Today, the majority of my employees work from home, except for a few employees that come on different days. For example, today we are 3–4 in the office.

Dr. Oren Eytan

What is your role as an Official Member at Forbes Technology Council?

Forbes Technology Council is an invitation-only, fee-based organization that includes leading CIOs, CTOs and technology executives. To be accepted as a member is definitely an achievement. They approached me, talked with me a few times, and interviewed me. Being a member of the council means that I can publish articles that express my opinion or all sorts of ideas that I have, in a large variety of areas, not just in the cyber field. Through my experience and my background, I share my knowledge and thoughts with other people. I take it very seriously and I try to write to them as much as possible.

As a cyber specialist, how do you see our future regarding information security? Do we have a lot to improve?

Just as the Corona has advocated processes of remote work and less accessibility to the office, the Corona has also advocated the issue of cyber attacks. We see that we all use more connectivity, networking, information and file transferring and therefore we are also more exposed. Today, there are a lot of cyberattacks. The world of cyber as we see it today is only evolving because there are so many assets that hackers and attackers are keeping an eye on and want to reach, whether it is money, information, or intelligence gathering. Today, cyber has become a fighting dimension like the mainland and sea as we understand that the whole world is run online and unfortunately, there are “bad guys”, hackers and attackers, whether at the personal level or at the state level, we see it everywhere. In the United States, for example, in the recent cyberattack through the “SolarWinds”, hackers managed to break into the US government offices, its agencies and several other private companies. There are also countries that stand behind it.

As a business owner, do you have any advice for someone who is at the beginning of his path and that inspires to such an impressive career and similar achievements as yours?

Running or initiating a start-up company is a journey full of challenges. On the one hand, every day when you solve a problem, there is a huge satisfaction. On the other hand, when you fail or have to make a decision that you don’t know where it will lead, it can be disappointing.

What do you wish for your company for 2021?

2021 is a breakthrough year for us. We recently launched our product called “FileWall”, a registered trademark. The product gives protection to the organizations’ email users of Microsoft 365. In 2019, we won a € 2 million grant from the EU innovative program “Horizon 2020”.

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