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We gathered top cyber attack specialists from Unit 8200 (Israel's elite cybersecurity Intelligence Corps) together with pioneering experts and entrepreneurs with over 50 years of collective experience in cyber warfare and cyber security. illusive was built to challenge the most critical cyber threat facing organizations today – targeted attacks.

Our Mission

Based on the increasing frequency of successful targeted attacks, one thing is certain: we cannot keep applying the same approach hoping for a different result. So we decided to look at the problem from a new perspective – the perspective of the attackers. illusive exploits the attackers’ vulnerabilities. The way a fire needs oxygen, attackers need to collect reliable data that will lead them towards their target. When attackers breach your network, we ensure they step into an illusive world where the data is unreliable. We do this without any disruption to your business. Because a solution that disrupts your business and interferes with your normal IT operations just trades one problem for another.

illusive's mission is to make

life hard for cyber attackers, and easy for you.

Leadership

Ofer Israeli

CEO & Founder

Having pioneered deception-based cybersecurity, founder and CEO of illusive networks Ofer Israeli leads the company at the forefront of the next evolution of cyber defense. Prior to establishing illusive networks, Ofer managed development teams based around the globe at Israel’s seminal cybersecurity company Check Point Software Technologies and was a research assistant in the Atom Chip Lab focusing on theoretical Quantum Mechanics. Ofer holds B.Sc. degrees in Computer Science and Physics from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Matan Kubovsky

VP R&D

Matan Kubovsky is illusive networks VP of Research and Development. With nearly a decade of cyber defense experience under his belt, Matan is charged with overseeing the product's research, development and QA. Before joining illusive, Matan worked at Check Point Software Technologies, leading the development of the "Document Security Client" as well as designing and developing kernel modules at the "Media Encryption & Port Protection" product. Prior to Check Point, he was a researcher in a Molecular Biology lab where he focused on 3D structure prediction of human proteins. Kubovsky served as a team leader at a technological unit in the IDF (8200). Matan holds a B.Sc. degree in Computer Sciences & Computational Biology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Arik Levi

CFO

Arik Levi serves as Chief Financial Officer for illusive networks. Arik brings over 15 years of financial and management experience in technology and startup companies. Before joining illusive networks, Arik served as CFO of Powermat, MS-Tech Technologies, Vyyo Inc. (NASDAQ:VYYO), and as an Audit Manager with Kesselman & Kesselman, Israel’s leading accounting firm and a member of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Ltd.

Gily Netzer

VP Marketing

Gily is illusive networks’ VP Marketing.  A marketing executive & passionate innovator with 20 years of international multidisciplinary B2B marketing experience, mainly security/cyber (corporate & startup).  A Leader & team player, in her last role with Symantec she successfully led global cross-functional processes & strategic projects, fostering relationships between stakeholders & teams across many marketing disciplines to create thought leadership, enablement, demand generation (direct+channel) & revenues with her team across 100+ countries.  Credible, driver of change & growth, strategic analytical business planning & execution skills.  Gily has track record success for driving 30%+ of the business revenues.  Gily holds a BA from Tel Aviv University and MBA/Marketing from Manchester University.

Brian Harmon

SVP Sales

Brian Harmon is Senior VP of Sales for illusive networks. Brian has over 25 years building and leading world class sales teams. Previous to illusive networks, Brian served as the Executive Vice President of Global Sales for CloudPassage. Brian served as SVP of sales at Regulus, VP of Sales at Trend Micro, and most recently with Palo Alto Networks as VP of the Americas, leading the charge for one of the most successful IPOs in recent times. While reporting directly to the CEOs and handling all field operations, he has built highly productive sales teams, generating continuous growth in the millions. Brian holds a B.A. degree from The Pennsylvania State University.

Tracy Pallas

VP of Channel Sales and Strategy

Tracy Pallas is the Vice President of Channel Sales and Strategy. Tracy’s career spans over 20 years of direct sales, channel sales, marketing and consulting experience. Consistently named one of CRN Magazine’s Top Women in Channels, her expertise lies in building channel go-to-market strategies. Prior to joining illusive, Tracy held VP-level roles within Extreme Networks and Palo Alto Networks where she was responsible for all routes-to-market including VARs, Service Providers, MSP’s, Systems Integrators, and Distributors across the US, Canada and Latin America. Tracy holds a Masters of Business Administration in International Marketing from Boston University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Boston College.

Leadership

Ofer Israeli

CEO & Founder

Having pioneered deception-based cybersecurity, founder and CEO of illusive networks Ofer Israeli leads the company at the forefront of the next evolution of cyber defense. Prior to establishing illusive networks, Ofer managed development teams based around the globe at Israel’s seminal cybersecurity company Check Point Software Technologies and was a research assistant in the Atom Chip Lab focusing on theoretical Quantum Mechanics. Ofer holds B.Sc. degrees in Computer Science and Physics from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Matan Kubovsky

VP R&D

Matan Kubovsky is illusive networks VP of Research and Development. With nearly a decade of cyber defense experience under his belt, Matan is charged with overseeing the product's research, development and QA. Before joining illusive, Matan worked at Check Point Software Technologies, leading the development of the "Document Security Client" as well as designing and developing kernel modules at the "Media Encryption & Port Protection" product. Prior to Check Point, he was a researcher in a Molecular Biology lab where he focused on 3D structure prediction of human proteins. Kubovsky served as a team leader at a technological unit in the IDF (8200). Matan holds a B.Sc. degree in Computer Sciences & Computational Biology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Arik Levi

CFO

Arik Levi serves as Chief Financial Officer for illusive networks. Arik brings over 15 years of financial and management experience in technology and startup companies. Before joining illusive networks, Arik served as CFO of Powermat, MS-Tech Technologies, Vyyo Inc. (NASDAQ:VYYO), and as an Audit Manager with Kesselman & Kesselman, Israel’s leading accounting firm and a member of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Ltd.

Gily Netzer

VP Marketing

Gily is illusive networks’ VP Marketing.  A marketing executive & passionate innovator with 20 years of international multidisciplinary B2B marketing experience, mainly security/cyber (corporate & startup).  A Leader & team player, in her last role with Symantec she successfully led global cross-functional processes & strategic projects, fostering relationships between stakeholders & teams across many marketing disciplines to create thought leadership, enablement, demand generation (direct+channel) & revenues with her team across 100+ countries.  Credible, driver of change & growth, strategic analytical business planning & execution skills.  Gily has track record success for driving 30%+ of the business revenues.  Gily holds a BA from Tel Aviv University and MBA/Marketing from Manchester University.

Brian Harmon

SVP Sales

Brian Harmon is Senior VP of Sales for illusive networks. Brian brings over 25 years building and leading world class sales teams. Previous to illusive networks Brian served as the Executive Vice President Global Sales for CloudPassage. Brian served as SVP of sales at Regulus, VP of Sales at Trend Micro, and most recently with Palo Alto Networks as VP of the Americas, leading the charge for one of the most successful IPOs in recent times. While reporting directly to the CEOs and handling all field operations, he has built highly productive sales teams generating continuous growth in the millions. Brian holds a B.A. degree from The Pennsylvania State University.

Tracy Pallas

VP of Channel Sales and Strategy

Tracy Pallas is the Vice President of Channel Sales and Strategy. Tracy’s career spans over 20 years of direct sales, channel sales, marketing and consulting experience. Consistently named one of CRN Magazine’s Top Women in Channels, her expertise lies in building channel go-to-market strategies. Prior to joining illusive, Tracy held VP-level roles within Extreme Networks and Palo Alto Networks where she was responsible for all routes-to-market including VARs, Service Providers, MSP’s, Systems Integrators, and Distributors across the US, Canada and Latin America. Tracy holds a Masters of Business Administration in International Marketing from Boston University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Boston College.

Board of Directors

Nadav Zafrir

Chairman of the Board

Nadav Zafrir is the Chairman of illusive networks and co-founder and CEO of Team8, a cyber security foundry focused on developing disruptive technologies and launching new cybersecurity companies.  Prior to founding Team8, Nadav was the Head of the IDF’s Technology & Intelligence Unit 8200 ("Israeli NSA"), as well as founder of the IDF Cyber Command. Nadav has 25 years of extensive experience in cyber leadership. Nadav holds an LL.B from the Interdisciplinary Centre and an MBA from Tel-Aviv University and the Kellogg School at Northwestern University in Chicago.

Dave DeWalt

Vice Chairman

Dave DeWalt is Vice Chairman of the Board for illusive networks. He is the former Executive Chairman, Chief Executive officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of FireEye, Inc. Dave has more than 20 years in the technology space, holding a series of leadership positions in some of the industry's most innovative and successful companies. Previous to FireEye, Dave served as President and Chief Executive Officer of McAfee, Inc. and led the acquisition of McAfee by Intel for $7.7 billion in 2010. 

Yuval Shachar

Board Member

Yuval Shachar is a member of illusive network’s board and a partner at Marker LLC and Innovation Endeavors. Until 2009, Yuval served as a GM at Cisco, running one of the BU’s in Cisco’s Service Provider group. Prior to Cisco, Yuval co-founded P-Cube and served as its President and CEO. Prior to P-Cube, Yuval co-founded Pentacom and Infogear (both companies were acquired by Cisco). Previously, Yuval served as Vice President of Research and Development at VocalTec (VocalTec went public on NASDAQ in 1996).

Aaron Jacobson

Board Member

Aaron Jacobson is a member of illusive network’s board, He serves as a director of Tigera, Dreamfactory, and Console, and a board observer at StreamSets, Mimosa Networks, NGINX, and Move Guides.  He’s also helped lead investments in CareZone, Cohere Technologies, Coursera, Databricks, GuideSpark, Igneous Systems, Kumu Networks, Lattice Engines, Luminate Wireless, Philo, Psikick, Transfix, and Stormpath.  He was previously involved with Box (NYSE:BOX) and GainSpeed (Acquired by NYSE:NOK).  In 2016 he was named to Forbes Magazine’s “30 under 30” in Venture Capital and the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s "40 Under 40”.

Board of Directors

Nadav Zafrir

Chairman of the Board

Nadav Zafrir is the Chairman of illusive networks, and co-founder and CEO of Team8, a cyber security foundry focused on developing disruptive technologies and launching new cybersecurity companies.  Prior to founding Team8, Nadav was the Head of IDF’s Technology & Intelligence Unit 8200 ("Israeli NSA"), as well as founder of the IDF Cyber Command. Nadav brings 25 years of extensive experience in cyber leadership. Nadav holds an LL.B from the Interdisciplinary Centre and an MBA from Tel-Aviv University and Kellogg School in Northwestern University in Chicago.

Dave DeWalt

Vice Chairman

Dave DeWalt is Vice Chairman of the Board for illusive networks. He is the former Executive Chairman, Chief Executive officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of FireEye, Inc. Dave has more than 20 years in the technology space, holding a series of leadership positions in some of the industry's most innovative and successful companies. Previous to FireEye, Dave served as President and Chief Executive Officer of McAfee, Inc. and led the acquisition of McAfee by Intel for $7.7 billion in 2010.

Yuval Shachar

Board Member

Yuval Shachar is a member of illusive network’s board and a partner at Marker LLC and Innovation Endeavors. Until 2009, Yuval served as a GM at Cisco, running one of the BU’s in Cisco’s Service Provider group. Prior to Cisco, Yuval co-founded P-Cube and served as its President and CEO. Prior to P-Cube, Yuval co-founded Pentacom and Infogear (both companies were acquired by Cisco). Previously, Yuval served as Vice President of Research and Development at VocalTec (VocalTec went public on NASDAQ 1996).

Aaron Jacobson

Board Member

Aaron Jacobson is a member of illusive network’s board, He serves as a director of Tigera, Dreamfactory, and Console, and a board observer at StreamSets, Mimosa Networks, NGINX, and Move Guides.  He’s also helped lead investments in CareZone, Cohere Technologies, Coursera, Databricks, GuideSpark, Igneous Systems, Kumu Networks, Lattice Engines, Luminate Wireless, Philo, Psikick, Transfix, and Stormpath.  He was previously involved with Box (NYSE:BOX) and GainSpeed (Acquired by NYSE:NOK).  In 2016 he was named to Forbes Magazine’s “30 under 30” in Venture Capital and the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s "40 Under 40”.

illusive networks is the first company launched by Team8. Team8 is a “cybersecurity foundry” focused on developing disruptive technologies and launching new cybersecurity companies. Team8 brings together the capital, research, expertise, network and talent to build companies tackling the toughest cybersecurity challenges. Team8 was founded by leading cybersecurity experts Nadav Zafrir, Israel Grimberg and Liran Grinberg, all with deep ties to Israel’s famous Unit 8200. Team8 is backed by Cisco, Alcatel-Lucent, Bessemer Venture Partners, Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors and Marker LLC.
For more information on Team8, please visit  www.team8.vc.

illusive networks is the first company launched by Team8. Team8 is a “cybersecurity foundry” focused on developing disruptive technologies and launching new cybersecurity companies. Team8 brings together the capital, research, expertise, network and talent to build companies tackling the toughest cybersecurity challenges. Team8 was founded by leading cybersecurity experts Nadav Zafrir, Israel Grimberg and Liran Grinberg, all with deep ties to Israel’s famous Unit 8200. Team8 is backed by Cisco, Alcatel-Lucent, Bessemer Venture Partners, Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors and Marker LLC.
For more information on Team8, please visit  www.team8.vc.

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Investors

“illusive networks is a perfect example of the kind of ‘out of the box’ thinking necessary to challenge the growing threat of targeted attacks”

-Eric Schmidt, Google Chairman and Founding Partner at Innovation Endeavors

“Established security approaches, such as perimeter defense and old school honeypots, are failing to protect networks. illusive networks has a uniquely innovative vision, scalable architecture, and some of the best security DNA out there."

- Kittu Kolluri, General Partner New Enterprise Associates (NEA)
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