About Us

Our Mission: Increase Security Engineering Efficacy

While AI-based analytics and automation have been applied broadly to threat detection techniques and incident response functions, the core security engineering threat management functions have remained stubbornly manual, prone to errors, and ineffective. Security engineers still manage their SIEM and SOC tools with spreadsheets and lists, despite the fact that they face growing attacker sophistication and an increasingly complex IT infrastructure. Although these essential threat management tools are capable of providing comprehensive threat coverage, they are typically poorly implemented and not configured to cover the majority of threat vectors represented by the MITRE ATT&CK framework. These implementation and maintenance gaps leave enterprises exposed to a large array of attacks without any threat detection visibility.
 
This is what we call the Threat Coverage Gap!

CardinalOps was founded by serial cybersecurity entrepreneurs to bring AI-based analytics and automation to the core security engineering functions that drive security infrastructure efficacy. We have quantified and enumerated the gap that exists between theoretical optimum threat coverage, represented by the MITRE ATT&CK framework, and actual threat coverage, measured by actual SIEM and SOC tool configurations. CardinalOps Threat Coverage Optimization platform was built to bridge that Threat Coverage Gap. Let us show you how.

LEADERS

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Michael Mumcuoglu

Co-Founder & CEO

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Michael Mumcuoglu

Co-Founder & CEO

Michael is a serial entrepreneur that is passionate about technology, cybersecurity and leadership. Prior to CardinalOps, Michael co-founded LightCyber, a pioneer in behavioral attack detection acquired by Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW) in 2017 where he served as Vice President of Engineering for the Cortex XDR platform. Prior to founding his three startups, Michael served in various cybersecurity roles in an elite intelligence division of the Israel Defense Forces.

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Yair Manor

Co-Founder & CTO

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Yair Manor

Co-Founder & CTO

Yair is a 20-year technology veteran with experience at both early stage startups and large corporations. Prior to CardinalOps, Yair co-founded and served as CTO of Netonomy, an IoT Cybersecurity startup acquired by Allot Communications (NSDQ: ALLT) in 2018. Previously he built and led the engineering organization at Zerto, where the product grew to $100MM+ in annual revenues. Earlier in his career, Yair served in cybersecurity positions in an elite unit of the IDF intelligence corps. He holds a BSc in electrical engineering from the Technion, IIT, and an MBA from Tel-Aviv university.

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Jason Matlof

CMO

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Jason Matlof

CMO

Jason has been involved in building early-stage startups, evangelizing new product categories, and leading go-to-market activities for 25 years. He joined two of his four startups as the first business executive. Both of these companies were acquired for hundreds of millions of dollars, returning 3-10x to investors – Neoteris acquired by Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), and LightCyber acquired by Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW). Jason also led the IPO marketing efforts (S-1 development, analyst meetings, et al) for networking startup, A10 Networks (NYSE: ATEN). Jason spent the early part of his career leading product management at Cisco Systems, and contributed to the spectacular absolute growth and market share dominance of Cisco’s multi-billion dollar fixed configuration switching platforms during the 1990s. During all of these experiences, Jason led product management and/or marketing efforts that ultimately led to the development of multiple new product categories and recognition by Gartner, Inc. as a category “Leader.”

ADVISORS

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Anton Chuvakin

Google Chronicle & Former Research VP and Distinguished Analyst, Gartner, Inc.

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Anton Chuvakin

Google Chronicle & Former Research VP and Distinguished Analyst, Gartner, Inc.

Dr. Anton Chuvakin is a leader of  the security solution strategy at Google Cloud, where he arrived via Chronicle Security (an Alphabet company) acquisition in July 2019.

Until June 2019, Dr. Anton Chuvakin was a Research VP and Distinguished Analyst at Gartner for Technical Professionals (GTP) Security and Risk Management Strategies (SRMS) team. At Gartner he covered a broad range of security operations and detection and response topics, and is credited with inventing the term "EDR."

He is a recognized security expert in the field of SIEM, log management and PCI DSS compliance. He is an author of books "Security Warrior", "PCI Compliance", "Logging and Log Management" and a contributor to "Know Your Enemy II", "Information Security Management Handbook" and others. Anton has published dozens of papers on log management, SIEM, correlation, security data analysis, PCI DSS, honeypots, etc. His blog securitywarrior.org was one of the most popular in the industry.

In addition, Anton taught classes (including his own SANS SEC434 class on log management) and presented at many security conferences across the world; he recently addressed audiences in United States, UK, Singapore, Spain, Russia and other countries. He worked on emerging security standards and served on the advisory boards of several security start-ups.

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Randy Watkins

CTO, Critical Start

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Randy Watkins

CTO, Critical Start

Randy Watkins is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for CRITICALSTART and an emerging thought-leader in the security industry. As CTO, Randy is responsible for designing and executing the company’s strategic technology initiatives, which includes defining the strategy and direction of CRITICALSTART’s Managed Detection and Response (MDR) services delivered by the Zero-Trust Analytics Platform (ZTAP).

Previously, Randy served as CRITICALSTART’s Director of Security Architecture, where he set the strategy for emerging vendor technologies, created the Defendable Network reference architecture, and set product direction for the company’s internally-developed Security Orchestration Automation and Response platform. Watkins was employee number five when he joined CRITICALSTART in 2012.

Joey Johnson

Joey Johnson

CISO, Premise Health

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Joey Johnson

CISO, Premise Health

Joey Johnson is a globally established leader in the healthcare & cybersecurity communities, with twenty years of experience in the field. He has been serving as the Chief Information Security Officer at Premise Health for ten years delivering healthcare to the Fortune 10-2000 and similar enterprise organizations. In that time, he has grown the private equity Premise Health from a ~$50M annual revenue organization 12x, now grossing nearly $1B annual revenue, and has guided the organization through multiple recapitalizations, mergers, and strategic acquisitions. Aside from IT and cybersecurity leadership he has helped to establish and drive the culture of the organization resulting in a company that has received Tennessee Top Place to Work top honors four years in a row. Joey has been recognized as a 'CISO of the Year' multiple times at city, state, regional (SE US), and national levels. He currently serves as an advisor for CISO Executive Network, the National Healthcare Information Sharing & Analysis Center (H-ISAC), the Cybersecurity Collaborative Corporate Leadership Council, UCLA Global Cyber Institute, the Journal of Law & Cyberwarfare, amongst others.

INVESTORS

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Battery

Itzik Parnafes

Battery Ventures

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Itzik Parnafes

Battery Ventures

Itzik is a General Partner at Battery Ventures and focuses on investments in information technology, including fin-tech and consumer services. He is currently on the boards of Cheq, GetYourGuide, Kodiak Robotics, Minute Media, Omio, Quantum Machines, Sisense, Soldo, Xsight Labs and Zeitgold. He is a board observer for Scodix, N26 and Zerto and led Battery’s investment in Gong.io. His previous investments include Elastifile (acquired by Google); InsertMobile (acquired by Pendo); LightCyber and Cyvera (both acquired by Palo Alto Networks); Panaya (acquired by Infosys); and XtremIO (acquired by EMC).

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Glilot

Arik Kleinstein

Glilot Capital

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Arik Kleinstein

Glilot Capital

For over 25 years Arik has been founding, growing and financing innovative technology companies. He co-founded Glilot Capital with the intention of bringing his vast experience gained from the early days of the Israeli startup industry to the investment decisions and ongoing support of the Glilot portfolio. As a board member, Arik supported the ten portfolio companies of Glilot which were acquired since the fund’s inception.

Arik served as an Officer and Engineer in an Elite IDF technology unit, and holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering & Management from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology and an MBA in Finance & Technology Management from Tel Aviv University’s Kellogg-Recanati School of Management. Arik is a board member of IATI (Israel Advanced Technology Industries) and of the Technion Friends Society.

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Udi Mokady

Founder, Chairman and CEO - CyberArk

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Udi Mokady

Founder, Chairman and CEO - CyberArk

Udi Mokady is the Chairman and CEO of CyberArk, and a pioneer in establishing the Privileged Access Management software market. Since co-founding the company in 1999, Mokady has entrenched CyberArk as the market leader. During his tenure at CyberArk, Mokady has also served as CyberArk’s chief strategist and visionary, overseeing global expansion, management, execution and corporate development.

Mokady received the 2018 Asper Award for Global Entrepreneurship from Brandeis University and a 2017 SC Media Reboot Award as a cyber security influencer. He was named the 2014 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Technology Security category in New England. Mokady is a member of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) Cyber Security Advisory Panel and the Brandeis International Business School Board of Advisors. He was previously a member of the Demisto Board of Directors, prior to its acquisition by Palo Alto Networks in March 2019.