Our Mission

At the core of Aorato’s founding was the acknowledgement that Active Directory is exposed – by default and by design. The consequence of which, is that the entire organization is at risk.

Existing security solutions track privileged accounts or changes performed to Active Directory. These solutions, however, are not able to mitigate attacks targeting the Active Directory (e.g. PtH/PtT attacks). Other cyber-security solutions take a global approach to detect anomalies in the whole network and cannot provide the complete picture of an attack against Directory Services.

As recognized experts in Microsoft’s technologies with intimate knowledge of Active Directory, Aorato’s founders challenged themselves to fill this blind spot. Aorato realized that addressing the problem requires learning the behavior and context of entities (users, devices, servers, etc.) within the network. Combining the team’s expertise in cyber-security, architecture, networks and development, together with today’s technological advancements, their work produced a unique and registered patented solution.

Aorato is now a strongly backed startup, constantly developing solutions to deliver the most advanced and relevant product to their customers, large and small alike.

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Management Team

Idan Plotnik

CEO

Idan has more than a decade of experience in the security industry. He has a rich and versatile technological background related to the security and IT of mission critical systems. Prior to founding Aorato, Idan was the co-founder and CEO at Foreity – an MS security subcontractor acquired by Aman Group in 2012. Idan also holds the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for enterprise security.

 

Michael Dolinsky

VP R&D

Michael has more than a decade of software development experience. Prior to joining Aorato as VP R&D, Michael was a lead software developer at Microsoft where he worked on several large scale projects, including the Office 365 BI Services, Direct Access and Unified Access Gateway. Michael also held various technology development positions in the defense industries, ranging from architect and development lead to project management. 

 

Ohad Plotnik

VP PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Ohad has nearly a decade of experience in the security industry as an identity and security architect. Prior to Aorato, Ohad co-founded and managed the Support and Professional Services team at Foreity – an MS security subcontractor acquired by Aman Group in 2012. In that previous role, he was responsible for 24×7 mission critical systems in enterprise organizations worldwide. Ohad holds the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for enterprise security.

Tal Be’ery

VP Research

Tal has more than a decade of experience in the security industry. Prior to Aorato, Tal headed the Web research at Imperva, leading the company’s Hacker Intelligence Initiative (HII). Before that, he managed various security project teams in the defense industries. Tal holds a B.Sc and an M.Sc degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and is CISSP-certified. He is also a columnist for the securityweek.com magazine.

Board

We are privileged to have a board that takes an active part to make
sure our growth is aligned with our business needs and goals.

Kevin Comolli

Kevin joined Accel in 2000, and has been active in international start-ups, general management, and venture capital investing for 26 years. Kevin is responsible for Accel London’s investments such as Diligent (acquired by IBM), Icera (acquired by Nvidia), and Cape Clear (acquired by Workday), Atlassian, Etsy, and Varonis. Kevin is an active member of the World Economic Forum and is on the Selection Committee of the WEF Technology Pioneers Programme. Kevin holds a BSc in Engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

 

Mickey Boodaei

Mickey Boodaei is a security entrepreneur and investor. In 2002 Mickey co-founded web and database security leader Imperva (NYSE:IMPV) and and ran product and sales for 5 years. Imperva went public in 2011. In 2006 Mickey founded endpoint security and fraud prevention leader Trusteer. Mickey served as the CEO of Trusteer until it got acquired in 2013 by IBM. Since 2008 Mickey has been actively investing in and serving as a board member of various information security startups.

 

Yuval Shachar

Yuval is an entrepreneur and investor, providing guidance and mentoring to a broad base of entrepreneurs and founding teams. Yuval has become involved as a co-founder, board member or investor in companies such as Interlude, Taboola, Qwilt, Tufin, and Mobile Spaces. Until 2009, Yuval served as a GM at Cisco running one of the BU’s in Cisco’s Service Provider group. In the past, Yuval had also co-founded three companies that were acquired by Cisco: P-Cube, Pentacom, and Infogear.

 

Kobi Samboursky

Kobi, co-founder of Glilot Capital Partner, initiated the VC on grounds of his vast and varied professional experience. He has held several high level positions in various companies and is a serial entrepreneur with experience founding, managing, and successfully exiting his companies. Some of the companies for which he has ‘earned his stripes’ include: iWebTechnologies Ltd. (Acquired by Softbank), Infogear Technology (Israel) Ltd. (Acquired by Cisco), Lamda Communication Networks (Acquired by NICE Systems), and Menta Networks Ltd.

 

Idan Plotnik, Aorato CEO

Idan has more than a decade of experience in the security industry. He has a rich and versatile technological background related to the security and IT of mission critical systems. Prior to founding Aorato, Idan was the co-founder and CEO at Foreity – an MS security subcontractor acquired by Aman Group in 2012. Idan also holds the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for enterprise security.

 

Michael Dolinsky, Aorato VP R&D

Michael has more than a decade of software development experience. Prior to joining Aorato as VP R&D, Michael was a lead software developer at Microsoft where he worked on several large scale projects, including the Office 365 BI Services, Direct Access and Unified Access Gateway. Michael also held various technology development positions in the defense industries, ranging from architect and development lead to project management. 

 

Investors

We thank our investors for helping take us off the ground and develop.

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Founded in 1983, Accel Partners has a long history of partnering with outstanding entrepreneurs and management teams to build world-class businesses. Accel today invests globally using dedicated teams and market-specific strategies for local geographies, with offices in Palo Alto, London, New York City and Bangalore, as well as in China via its partnership with IDG-Accel. Accel has invested in over 500 companies, many of which have defined their categories, including Angry Birds (Rovio), Atlassian, Cloudera, ComScore, Dropbox, Facebook, Groupon, Kayak, Playfish, QlikTech, Spotify, Supercell and Wonga. For more information, visit the Accel Partners web site at www.accel.com find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/accel.

Mickey Boodaei

Mickey Boodaei is a security entrepreneur and investor. In 2002 Mickey co-founded web and database security leader Imperva (NYSE:IMPV) and and ran product and sales for 5 years. Imperva went public in 2011. In 2006 Mickey founded endpoint security and fraud prevention leader Trusteer. Mickey served as the CEO of Trusteer until it got acquired in 2013 by IBM. Since 2008 Mickey has been actively investing in and serving as a board member of various information security startups.

 

Rakesh Loonkar

Rakesh is a private investor focusing on early stage Internet security companies. He is currently a business advisor to IBM, and was previously the president and co-founder of Trusteer (acquired by IBM). Prior to Trusteer, Rakesh was the VP of North American Sales at NetScreen Technologies (now Juniper Networks). Before that, he was the co-founder of OneSecure (acquired by NetScreen). Rakesh earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, New York). 

 

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Founded in 2010 by Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and Dror Berman, Innovation Endeavors combines an evergreen VC fund with a unique approach to venture-creation in order to partner with entrepreneurs to build lasting technology companies. Innovation Endeavors has backed over 100 entrepreneurs and more than 50 early stage companies.

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Glilot Capital Partners offers seed and early stage investments as well as the support, guidance and network of contacts of its experienced principals; accelerating the success of promising Israeli Start ups in the areas of Software, Cyber Security, and Internet.

Advisory Board

We’re honored to have these advisors guide and mentor us in our journey to success.

Neil W. Book

Neil Book serves as the President & CEO of Jet Support Services, the world’s largest provider of hourly cost maintenance programs for business jets. Previously, Neil was VP at Juniper Networks, leading their mobile security business unit. Neil joined Juniper through the acquisition of SMobile Systems, where Neil served as President & CEO.  Neil began his career at AT&T, serving in a variety of management positions.  He is a graduate of the University of Delaware. 

 

Harry Sverdlove

Harry Sverdlove is the CTO for Bit9. Prior to joining Bit9 Harry was principal research scientist for McAfee, Inc., where he supervised the overall architecture of crawlers, spam detectors and link analyzers. He joined McAfee through its 2006 acquisition of SiteAdvisor Inc., where he was chief scientist and developed systems for testing, detecting and analyzing any Windows-based application. Harry earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

Gil Kirkpatrick

Gil Kirpatrick is the CTO of ViewDS, an identity solutions provider. Gil has founded and chaired The Experts Conference, the premier conference for Microsoft identity and access technologies. Gil has also written the book Active Directory Programming – the first book on Microsoft’s Active Directory for programmers. In the past, Gil served as the Chief Architect of Quest Software (now part of Dell), and held various executive engineering roles at NetPro, Trellis and High Technology Systems.

 

Prof. Gil David

Prof. Gil David brings to Aorato over 17 years of governmental, industrial and academic experience in the data analysis and cyber security fields, both in Israel and the USA. In addition to his activities with the company, he consults to and collaborates with top academic, military and intelligence partners in Israel, USA and Europe. Prof. David holds a PhD from Tel Aviv University in Computer Science, with specializations in data mining, machine learning and anomaly detection in networks.

 

Customers

We’re proud to serve our customers. And we love what they have to say about us!

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Press

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7 Israeli Security Companies Who Could Help Putin Protect the Sochi Olympics

“ If the bad guys created some malware which impersonates actual Sochi organizers or security staff, that could have disastrous consequences. So, firewall software is getting smarter and more attuned to being able to identify this type of behavior.” Read more
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Firewall start-up Aorato sniffs out Active Directory anomalies

“Start-up Aorato comes out of stealth mode today with what it calls a firewall designed to protect Microsoft Active Directory shops.” Read more
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Cybersecurity Startup Aorato Exits Stealth With A ‘Behavior Firewall’, $10M In Funding

“Make way for another startup in the area of cybersecurity: Aorato, which has developed a behavior-monitoring firewall for Microsoft Active Directory services, is coming out of stealth today. At the same time, the Israel- and New York-based company is announcing funding of $10 million, with... Read more