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M.R. Asks 3 Questions: Ofer Klein, CEO & Co-founder of Reco.AI

By February 16, 2024Article

Ofer Klein is a decades-long Israeli Defense Force helicopter pilot and avid kitesurfing enthusiast who likens the adrenaline rush to being a founding CEO of a thriving security startup. It’s this unique background and experience that have been key to Ofer’s leadership style and Reco’s success. 

Ofer and his fellow co-founders developed the platform and AI algorithm to use for counterintelligence for the Israeli government, and decided to productize the platform in 2020, which lead to the birth of Now, is a leading organization focused on safeguarding organizations with its modern, AI-driven SaaS security offering.

M.R. Rangaswami: What security concerns are not being talked about enough today?

Ofer Klein: There are a few. Security Keys Are Replacing Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) – MFA is a common method of adding a second layer of security onto SaaS applications (in addition to a password). But, MFA is not the only security boundary, as SaaS applications are beginning to use security keys for secondary verification. Security keys are physical devices that use a unique PIN only available on that device to authenticate. 

Another is Microsoft 365 and Okta Cyber Attacks. A security concern is maintaining the security of core SaaS applications, such as Microsoft 365 and Okta, as they have more cyber threats because they are foundational to making SaaS programs run, potentially becoming the next SolarWinds. Despite growing security threats, these technologies have experienced an uptick in adoption. The security built into Microsoft 365 E5 and Okta isn’t enough, however, to keep the application and organizational data stored in it secure, prompting organizations to look for dedicated SaaS security solutions.

M.R.: Why is securing SaaS applications so important?

Ofer: During the pandemic, cloud collaboration tools fundamentally changed the way modern organizations work. Enterprises today are adding new applications to their technology stack at an unprecedented rate, using an average of 371 SaaS applications. This dramatic increase has resulted in an elevated demand for a security solution that provides full visibility into everything connected to a company’s SaaS environment, and at the same time, ensures it complies with regulations. 

Attempting to secure new SaaS tools with techniques that were developed for legacy on-premise systems restricts collaboration and misses a broad range of security events. Only by understanding the complete business context of an interaction can security analysts identify and interpret potential threats, and also determine the best and most efficient way to respond.

M.R.: What role does AI play in solving SaaS security?

Ofer: Like many sectors today, AI is revolutionizing the security industry. Leveraging AI to identify and address security vulnerabilities is rapidly growing and very effective. This is especially true for companies adding new generative AI applications into their technology ecosystems, as this can expose an organization to added risk due to the sharing of emails, recorded calls, and other data. Incorporating AI models, techniques, and processes like Large Language Models (LLMs), Knowledge Representation Learning, and Natural Language Processing (NLP) give companies greater visibility and allows them to discover potentially risky events (such as the improper use to AI tools) and be alerted to data exposure, misconfigurations, and mispermissions around a user.

The incredibly fast adoption of generative AI tools has led to new data risks, such as privacy violations, fake AI tools, phishing and more. As a result, organizations need to establish AI safety standards to keep their customer and employee data safe. Having a SaaS security solution that can identify connected generative AI tools is critical. 

AI is foundational to our SaaS security offering and enables enhanced functionality and effectiveness. Our proprietary and patented AI algorithm powers our Identities Interaction Graph, which correlates every interaction between people, applications, and data, and then assesses potential risk from misconfigurations, over-permission users, compromised accounts, risky user behavior, and also the use of generative AI applications. 
One-third of organizations regularly use generative AI applications in at least one function, making it critical for SaaS security platforms to have the ability to discover anomalous behavior for both humans and machines and gain even deeper proactive threat mitigation.

M.R. Rangaswami is the Co-Founder of

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