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How Votiro Defends Non-MS Files in the Microsoft Ecosystem

November 15, 2023

Organizations worldwide rely on Microsoft’s internal defenses to protect their systems and data. However, Microsoft’s defense tech primarily focuses on safeguarding Microsoft (MS) file types. That leaves a significant gap in protection against non-MS files, which are increasingly targeted by cyber threats. 

In this article, we will explore the limitations of Microsoft’s defense technology, specifically in protecting non-MS files, and discuss how Votiro extends that support to bolster security in the Microsoft ecosystem.

Microsoft’s Defense Tech and File Type Support

Microsoft’s suite of security tools, including Windows Defender and Microsoft 365 Defender, provides comprehensive protection against a wide range of threats. These tools excel at safeguarding Microsoft file types, which include the following common formats:

  • .docx (Word documents)
  • .xlsx (Excel spreadsheets)
  • .pptx (PowerPoint presentations)
  • .pdf (Portable Document Format)
  • .msg (Outlook email messages)
  • .eml (Email files)
  • .xml (Extensible Markup Language)
  • .xps (XML Paper Specification)

However, while Microsoft’s coverage is certainly valuable, it is not enough to secure an organization’s entire digital ecosystem – especially when non-MS files are being downloaded and shared from various sources. Cybercriminals often exploit vulnerabilities in non-Microsoft files to breach systems and compromise data.

This is where Votiro Cloud comes into play.

How Votiro Bridges the Gap

Votiro Cloud is a cybersecurity solution that can secure non-Microsoft files within the Microsoft ecosystem. Votiro Cloud utilizes advanced Content Disarm and Reconstruction (CDR) technology to neutralize threats hidden in various file formats – before they ever reach an organization’s endpoints. 

Let’s take a closer look at some of the non-MS file types that Votiro can protect:

  • Image files: .gif, .bmp, .jpg, .png
  • CAD files
  • Executables: .exe
  • Archive file: .zip, .rar
  • RTF files
  • Text files: .txt, .csv
  • Email files: .ics, .html
  • Media files: .mp3, .mp4, .wav, .mpg, mpeg, .wma, .avi

The entire list of MS and non-MS files can be found here.

These non-MS file types encompass a wide range of data, including documents, images, multimedia files, and more. Cyber threats can hide within any of these formats, making comprehensive protection essential.

Votiro Cloud works by dismantling each file, stripping away any potential threats, and then reconstructing it into a safe, fully-functional version. This process ensures that malicious code or exploits are eradicated, regardless of the file type.

Enhancing Security in the Microsoft Ecosystem

By extending protection to non-MS files, Votiro enhances security within the Microsoft ecosystem and delivers a more comprehensive, and protected experience for end-users. 

Here are some other key benefits of incorporating Votiro Cloud into your cybersecurity strategy:

Holistic Protection: Votiro’s solution closes the security gap left by Microsoft’s defense tech, ensuring that non-MS files do not pose a threat to your organization.

Preventing Zero-Day Attacks: Votiro’s proactive approach to threat prevention stops zero-day attacks by neutralizing known and unknown threats within non-MS files.

Focus on Functionality: Votiro Cloud’s process ensures that files are reconstructed without disrupting their usability, thus preserving business continuity.

In today’s cybersecurity landscape, protecting against file-based threats goes beyond safeguarding Microsoft file types. Microsoft’s defense technology forms a strong foundation, but Votiro’s advanced capabilities bridge the gap by extending protection to non-MS files, ensuring that more than 180 file types are safe from threats and remain secure.

To see how Votiro Cloud effortlessly prevents malware from compromising non-MS files, you can request a demo with our team or try Votiro Cloud free for 30 days!