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GK8 grants institutions secure access to DeFi through integration with MetaMask Institutional

GK8’s users will be able to use their MetaMask Institutional wallets from their MPC Vaults on the platform, unlocking new revenue streams through DeFi services

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Tel Aviv, Israel, April 2022 — GK8, the leading institutional-grade self-managed digital asset custody platform with DeFi, staking, NFT, and tokenization support, announces its integration with MetaMask Institutional, a version of the popular wallet that integrates institution-required custody, operational efficiency, risk, and compliance features. Thanks to the integration, GK8 users will be able to use the wallet from their MPC vault, enjoying broad access to decentralized finance (DeFi) services in the most secure way possible.

On-chain hot wallets offer crypto investors and traders a smooth user experience as well as the versatility they need to plug into the vast DeFi ecosystem at any second. The trade-off for these benefits is the higher risk of a hacking incident through a compromised private key. Neither retail nor institutional users are immune to this threat, posing a risk for crypto’s relentless march into the mainstream.

By integrating with MetaMask Institutional, built by Consensys, GK8 enables DAOs to access the institutional rendition of the popular on-chain wallet, designed specifically with the needs of crypto-native companies in mind, from its regulation-ready platform. The wallet will be accessible from its high-scalability MPC vault, working as a regular Web browser extension. The resulting architecture grants users the benefits of the most secure self-custody platform with Cold and MPC vaults alongside the flexibility and functionality of MetaMask Institutional.    

Besides the MPC, GK8’s platform also incorporates a unique Cold Vault, the only solution in the market that can create, sign, and send blockchain transactions without connecting to the Internet. The company’s patented implementation of unidirectional connection technology for crypto wallets leaves no openings for hackers to exploit. It is further validated with a Soc2 type 2 certification from the Big4 firm E&Y.

GK8’s solution also supports the secure tokenization of traditional assets. It features general support for all Ethereum Virtual Machine-compatible layer-1 blockchains and instant access to all layer-2 smart contracts on supported chains. The platform has an arrangement with AON for customers to quickly and seamlessly access insurance of up to $750 million per Vault, the largest in the market today. 

GK8 and MMI’s solution grants institutions unrivaled DeFi access, with the security and versatility that institutional-grade customers need,” says Johann Bornman, Global Product Lead for MetaMask Institutional. “We are delighted with this integration as we work to build a safer Web3 for all.”

“Financial institutions can bring their operations on a whole new level by moving into the blockchain space,” says Lior Lamesh, CEO and Co-Founder of GK8. “But for that, they need a secure and easy-to-use backbone that’s making no compromises on functionality. With MetaMask Institutional, we are bringing them all they need to explore DeFi at business pace and with the highest security imaginable, through something as simple as a browser extension.”


About GK8:

GK8 is a blockchain cybersecurity company that offers financial institutions an end-to-end platform for managing blockchain-based assets on their own. Its solution incorporates the world’s first true air-gapped Cold Vault that enables its clients to create, sign, and send secure blockchain transactions without internet connectivity as well as a highly-scalable MPC warm vault. Chosen by Mastercard to help it define the future of blockchain finance and payments, GK8 serves clients managing billions worth of digital assets, including social investing network eToro, Securrency, a blockchain fintech company backed by State Street, U.S. Bank, WisdomTree, and Abu Dhabi Catalyst Partners, Tezos Foundation, and Prosegur, one of the world’s largest custodians with more than $400B assets under management. Recently, GK8’s founders Lior Lamesh and Shahar Shamai joined the 30 Under 30 list by Forbes.

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ConsenSys is a leading Ethereum and decentralized protocols software company. We enable developers, enterprises, and people worldwide to build next-generation applications, launch modern financial infrastructure, and access the decentralized web. Our product suite, composed of Infura, Quorum, Codefi, MetaMask, Truffle, Diligence and our NFT platform, serves millions of users, supports billions of blockchain-based queries for our clients, and has handled billions of dollars in digital assets. Ethereum is the largest programmable blockchain in the world, leading in business adoption, developer community, and DeFi activity. On this trusted, open-source foundation, we are building the digital economy of tomorrow. To explore our products and solutions, visit


Lior Lamesh - CEO and Co-Founder
Shahar Shamai - CTO and Co-Founder

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