Our Story

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.

Our Mission

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.

Make the First Move.


Ofer Israeli CEO & Founder

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.

Arik Levi CFO

Arik Levi


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.

Claire Trimble


Claire is a Silicon Valley native with over 25 years of sales, marketing, and business development experience across Fortune 500, mid-sized growth, and early stage start-ups. Claire began her career at Oracle, where she led an Enterprise sales team and then spent over 17 years at Cisco leading various marketing teams in the field, channel, and demand generation functions. Claire has led marketing for cybersecurity companies like Fortinet, InfoSec Global and Lastline. At Lastline, Claire was tasked with positioning the company from an OEM sales model to selling network detection and response into the Enterprise, which ultimately led to Lastline’s acquisition by VMWare. Claire has been the recipient of CRN’s Channel Chief, Women of the Channel, and Power 100 awards.

Bob Horn


Bob has led sales at startups and Fortune 500 companies for over two decades. He joins Illusive from CognitiveScale, an AI company, where he served as SVP of Global Sales and Channels and built the initial sales teams. While there, he achieved annual triple-digit ARR growth, and he still serves as an Advisor. At Telogis (Acquired by Verizon), Bob was integral to the company’s go-to-market strategy and rapid growth as VP of Enterprise Sales. Prior to Telogis, Bob was VP of Strategic Accounts for Salesforce.com’s Telco and Media verticals. Earlier, Bob served as VP of Global Sales at Agiliance (a Security, Risk and Compliance company acquired by Resolver) and he has also held leadership positions at CA Technologies, Sun Microsystems, and American Airlines. Bob earned a BS in Business from Arizona State University.

Nicole Bucala

VP Business Development

Nicole Bucala has a proven track record of bringing innovations to the market within the security industry. Nicole is coming to Illusive from RSA Security where she was Head of Strategic Business Development and Technology Alliances. During her tenure at RSA, she built out the strategic partnership team and achieved annual triple digit partnership revenue growth through closing a variety of inventive partnership deals. Prior to that, she led RSA NetWitness Platform Strategy & Operations, where she was responsible for strategic planning, corporate development, and business operations. Before RSA, Nicole founded and served as CEO and President of MIFCOR, an early-stage biotechnology startup developing novel therapies intended to reduce tissue damage associated with heart attacks, acute kidney injury, and other indications. Earlier in her career she served the U.S. Government, where she managed complex operations covering military science & technology and counterterrorism issues. Nicole received her MBA from Harvard Business School, her S.M. from Georgetown University, and her S.B. from MIT.

Matan Kubovsky VP R&D

Matan Kubovsky


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.

Gil Shulman

Gil Shulman

VP Products

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 Greenberg

Director of Customer Success

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.

Board of Directors

Nadav Zafrir Chairman of the Board

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

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

Board Member

Yuval Shachar is a member of Illusive Networks' 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

Board Member

Aaron Jacobson is a member of Illusive Networks' 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 Advisors

Steve Katz


For almost forty years, Steve Katz has been directly involved in establishing, building and directing Information Security and Privacy functions and is recognized as the first ever CISO, a position he held at Citicorp/Citigroup in the 90s. He is the founder and President of Security Risk Solutions, LLC, an information security company providing consulting, mentoring, coaching and advisory services to major, mid-size, startup and venture capital companies. Steve is also an Executive Advisor to Deloitte, and is on the Advisory Boards for Agari. Veriphyr, Pixm, Quantifind, and TrustMapp.

Karl Mattson


Karl Mattson is an experienced cyber security leader and technology innovator who now works as an independent advisor. He was formerly the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for City National Bank in Los Angeles, CA and SVP for IT Risk at PNC Bank in Pittsburgh, PA. He currently serves as President of the LA Cyber Lab, a non-profit initiative serving citizens in the LA community, and as adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota.

Kirby Wadsworth

Kirby Wadsworth


Kirby has over two decades of technology marketing leadership in both publicly-traded 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. His marketing handbook, Recommend This!, helps readers create outstanding digital experiences. Kirby previously served as CMO at Illusive, Limelight Networks, and led 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.

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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