We brought together top cyber attack specialists and pioneering cyber technology entrepreneurs with decades of collective experience in cyber warfare and cyber intelligence. Illusive Networks was built to tackle what has been a significant and urgent problem for cybersecurity practitioners—the challenge to stop Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) and other advanced attacks that bypass security controls and silently gain access to organizations’ most risk-sensitive and business-critical digital assets.
Given the frequency of successful targeted attacks, one thing is certain: we cannot continue to apply old approaches and expect to get different results. A new approach is needed. Illusive looks at the problem from the perspective of the attacker and exploits the attacker’s weakness. As a fire needs oxygen, attackers – once they have found their way in to a network — need reliable data that will lead them toward their target. By saturating the environment with deceptive information, Illusive creates a distorted reality that the attacker cannot confidently navigate. It’s a solution that disrupts the attacker’s operations — without disrupting yours. We provide tools that help security teams detect and resolve advanced attacks, to prevent cyber incidents from becoming business crises.
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.
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.
Kirby is responsible for all Illusive marketing functions. He brings over two decades of marketing leadership in both publicly-traded, large enterprises and emerging startups. As a founder and early venture executive with several successful exits, Kirby pioneered industries such as cloud storage, continuous data protection, and file virtualization, where he created billions of dollars in new market opportunities. Kirby is frequently recognized as a top CMO by Forbes, Brand Quarterly, and other publications. His digital marketing handbook, Recommend This!, was published by Wiley in 2014. Kirby previously served as CMO at Bayshore Networks, Mendix, and Limelight Networks, and as VP of Global Marketing at F5 Networks. He earned an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University, and a BS in Information Technology from Northeastern University.
Kirk leads Illusive’s sales organization in the Americas. He has over 25 years sales and sales management experience and has focused exclusively on cybersecurity since 2000. Kirk has established and built sales teams and go-to-market strategies in both the U.S. and internationally for a diverse range of companies, including Damballa, CounterTack and Cynet. He has also held sales leadership positions with Juniper Networks, McAfee and Proofpoint.
Ivan leads Illusive’s sales team in EMEA. He has worked in the security industry for almost 20 years, selling into the UK, EMEA, and Asia marketplaces. Prior to joining Illusive, Ivan was VP Sales EMEA and more recently VP Sales Asia Pac at Wandera. Before Wandera, he led the UKI Security Business at Cisco Systems. He also held senior sales leadership roles at ScanSafe (before and after its acquisition by Cisco) and Aladdin Knowledge Systems in both Israel and the UK. Ivan has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Marketing & Economics from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
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.
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.
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.
Gil Shulman is Illusive Networks’ VP of Products. Gil has over 20 years’ experience in the technology industry focusing on cyber defense. Before joining Illusive Networks, Gil worked with a wide variety of market-leading companies, from Check Point Software, where he led the High-End Products team, to Radware and Verint Systems, where he managed the product organization for national cyber defense. In recent years Gil has focused on virtualization and cloud technologies, traffic and application management, and network appliances and platforms, creating new product categories and design strategies. Gil served at the technological unit of the Israel Defence Forces Unit 8200.
Nir ensures that Illusive customers derive full value from their investment with Illusive, and helps Illusive channel partners provide service their clients. Previously, he spent seven years with Check Point where he led the International Endpoint Support Group. He also served as Communication Training Center Deputy Commander and Trainers’ Leader in the Hoshen unit of the Israel Defense Forces, which manages inter-unit communications for the IDF. He graduated from Rehovot’s ORT College as an Electronic and Computer Practical Engineer, and studied social science and management at the Open University.
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 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 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 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.
-Eric Schmidt, Google Chairman and Founding Partner at Innovation Endeavors
- Kittu Kolluri, General Partner New Enterprise Associates (NEA)