Cato Researchers to Demonstrate How to Stop “Living Off the Cloud” Attacks at RSAConference 2023

March 16th, 2023

LOC attacks bypass traditional defenses. Cato security researchers demonstrate why and discuss ways enterprises can mitigate such attacks 

TEL AVIV, Israel, March 16, 2023 — Cato Networks, provider of the world’s leading single-vendor SASE platform, announced today that Etay Maor, Cato’s senior director of security strategy and adjunct professor at Boston College, and Avishay Zawoznik, security research manager at Cato, will demonstrate “Living Off the Cloud” (LOC) attacks and how CISOs can mitigate them in the prestigious “Hackers and Threats” track of the upcoming RSAConference™ 2023.  

LOC attacks use legitimate cloud software and functions to perform malicious activities. With cloud applications becoming an integral part of an enterprise’s network, cybercriminals are exploiting them for malicious actions. The trust placed in sanctioned cloud applications allows the commands and file transfers used in attacks to bypass legacy security tools. Enterprises are left to detecting attacks after they have occurred.  

The Maor and Zawoznik presentation, “Living Off the Cloud – A Server-Free Approach to Malware Ops,” will show how companies can take a proactive approach to stopping LOC attacks. Maor and Zawoznik will:  

  • Introduce LOC attacks and explain the challenge posed for legacy enterprise defenses.  
  • Demonstrate a LOC attack from trusted cloud applications, such as Google Drive, Trello, and Dropbox 
  • Offer a mitigation strategy by creating attack “choke points” and their mapping to the MITRE ATT&CK framework. 

Meet Cato at RSAConference 2023 

The presentation will be given at 2:25 to 3:15 p.m. (PST) on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, in the “Hackers & Threats” track in the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif.  

In addition, Etay will host a “Birds of a Feather” session at 8:30 a.m. (PDT) on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, on the topic of ChatGPT and how it can be operationalized by security teams. 

Cato’s Maor, along with Cato CEO, Shlomo Kramer, are available to meet with customers, partners, journalists, bloggers, and research analysts on April 24-26, 2023, at the Cato booth (5160) in the Moscone North Expo. 

To schedule a meeting, 

  • Customers, prospects, and partners contact their local Cato representative or Kim White at 
  • Journalists, bloggers, and research analysts contact Cato media and communications manager, Kevin Petschow, at 

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Supporting Quotes 

  • Eyal Webber-Zvik, Vice President of Product Marketing & Strategic Alliances, Cato Networks
    “At RSAConference 2023, Cato will showcase how context-aware cloud-based security can identify and block even the most evasive attacks and do so without increasing the complexity of the enterprise security stack.” 
  • Etay Maor, Senior Director of Security Strategy, Cato Networks
    “With the implicit trust put even in the most popular cloud application and platforms, attackers are finding ways to exploit that trust for their benefits. This is a new threat vector that needs sophisticated context-aware tools to identify and mitigate, as we are excited to explain and demonstrate at RSAConference 2023.”  

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