Our Story

In 2016, the automotive industry found itself at a critical crossroads with the advent of increasing concerns regarding vehicle cybersecurity. As vehicles became more connected and technologically advanced, the vulnerability of automotive systems to cyber threats became apparent. It was during this time, that our Co-Founder Dr. Nils Weiß invented the automotive facet of Scapy, a packet manipulation tool, originally intended for computer networks. This innovation revolutionized vehicle penetration testing and sparked a series of advancements over the following years.

In April 2022, after years of research, Dr. Nils Weiß and Dr. Enrico Pozzobon joined forces with Alexander Meisel, a seasoned entrepreneur known for his previous success in founding a security start-up. Immediately captivated by the idea and with a keen understanding of the challenges facing the industry, they wasted no time in leveraging their expertise to address the above mentioned concerns. With the EXIST Transfer of Research initiative in the back, they quickly gained momentum, attracting notable clients like CARIAD, KTM, Allianz Zentrum für Technik, and ADAC.

Our founders also created some additional buzz in June 2022 with the disclosure of Bootloader Exploit Research at TROOPERS22, a well-known conference amongst IT-security aficionados. This trajectory persisted with the introduction of dissecto HydraScope, a state-of-the-art ISOTP and UDS protocol scanner, in November. By May 2023, our first hardware product, the dissecto HydraHat CAN 2 Ethernet Gateway, was launched. Additionally, our dedication to quality was recognized with the ISO 9001 certification later that year. 

In April 2024, dissecto once again raised the bar with the official launch of dissecto HydraVision PaaS around embedded world 24. HydraVision is a comprehensive and automated security test environment for embedded systems, effectively helping manufacturers to comply with industry-specific regulations. This achievement was swiftly followed by ISO 27001 and TISAX certification in the summer of 2024.

Research since 2016

The Founders

Alexander Meisel

Dr. Nils Weiß

Dr. Enrico Pozzobon

Funding & Investors

References

“We (the product development team for airbags) of Continental Automotive GmbH had the pleasure of attending a Security training with dissecto. It was an extremely beneficial training with a good balance of theory and application. We highly recommend this training to anyone looking to expand their knowledge in the field of Automotive Security. The trainers were knowledgeable engaging and provided valuable insights and practical examples throughout the training.”

Continental AG

“We are particularly grateful for your support and recognize that you were able to identify and report the vulnerabilities precisely… We experience you as a valuable and professional partner. Taking this opportunity, we would like to emphasize that we highly appreciate your profound know-how, expertise and the effort you have put to help further secure our vehicles…”

Mercedes Benz Group AG

Network & Partners