Sahir Hidayatullah is the co-founder and CEO of Smokescreen Technologies, which focuses on detecting targeted hacker attacks before they cause business impact. Hidayatullah was one of India’s first ethical hackers and is a serial entrepreneur. His companies have investigated many of the highest-profile data breaches in the country, with clients that include critical national infrastructure, global financial institutions, and Fortune 500 companies.
When addressing the growing problem of misinformation and disinformation in the digital age, Hidayatullah discusses how technology has only accelerated an already prevalent issue:
“We have to view technology as something that’s just enabling something that used to happen before. It’s not like disinformation and propaganda didn’t happen in the past, of course it did. The tools were different, the amplification methods were different, but it still existed. The only difference now is there’s technology which allows you to make it easier.”
In this episode of Cybersecurity Unplugged, Hidayatullah discusses:
- How deception technology has brought honeypots into the 21st century;
- How deep fakes are making it increasingly difficult to tell a real person from a synthetic digital identity;
- The pros and cons of active defense and offensive security;
- And anticipating the dangers of AI-powered cyberattacks.