Published On: Thu, Jan 28th, 2016

‘Minerva’ announced as winner of the first Israeli Cybox contest

An annual contest selecting the most innovative startup in the field of cyber defense; The five competing finalists: Minerva, Intsights, Deep Instinct, Solebit Labs, Sixgill and Labs

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CyberTech and Glilot Capital Partners launched Cybox, a new contest that will annually select and announce the most innovative Cyber Defense startup in Israel.

Companies need to meet the following criteria for submission (unfortunately the deadline for submissions was Sunday, January 10, 2016): The companies’ product has been in the market for less than two years, the company is privately held, with less than $3 million in revenue in 2015, the product has the potential to make a significant impact on information security.

For this year the winning startup announced during CyberTech on Wednesday. The members of the Cybox 2016 jury were Arik Kleinstein – co-founder and managing partner of Glilot Capital Partners, Alon Kantor – VP Business Development at Checkpoint Software Technologies, Ronen Siman Tov – senior architect and innovation center manager at IBM Israel and Yoav Tzruya – partner at JVP, JVP Cyber Labs.

Arik Kleinstein, CO-Founder & Managing Partners, Glilot Capital Partners: “In the last years Israel has positioned itself as a source of innovation in the Cyber Security field. The CYBOX Contest will allow the next promising companies to get targeted exposure”.


Minerva Labs

Three entrepreneurs established the company in 2014: Edi Bobritzki, Erez Briman and Omri Moyal. The company has developed a novel, revolutionary product that protect systems from focused attacks without the need of prior- knowledge/ intelligence/ recognition. The company’s patent based solution created a new paradigm (prevention without recognition). The company has several beta costumers in Israel and is a graduate of Citi Bank’s Accelerator program. Minerva Labs is one of five companies to present its product in the Cybox competition-taking place in the Cybertech 2016 conference. The products presented are: defense against focused attacks (prevention without recognition), defense against ransomware, defense against threats to critical end components, defense eco-system and a third party Minerva security component that optimizes recognition and work efficiency. In addition, the company is one in twenty to present at the Berlin’s Cyber Bootcamp 2016 conference.


Solebit LABS

Solebit LABS is a global provider of breakthrough cybersecurity solutions. The company’s technology is based upon unique patent enabling the identification of a secret code in documents, and blocks the penetration of these documents, allowing organization to avoid the first stage of cyber-attacks. The company was established in 2014 by an experts’ Israeli cyber team, with decades of experience in intelligence, cyber, and security. The company products diverse between financial costumer, security entities and enterprise
Deep Instinct

Deep InstinctTM is the first company to apply deep learning to cybersecurity. Deep learning is inspired by the brain’s ability to learn: once a brain learns to identify an object, its identification becomes second nature. Similarly, as Deep InstinctTM artificial brain learns to detect any type of cyber threat, its prediction capabilities become instinctive. As a result, zero-day and APT attacks are prevented in real-time with unmatched accuracy. Deep InstinctTM brings a new approach to cybersecurity that is proactive and predictive, safeguarding the enterprise’s endpoints, servers, and mobile devices against any cyber threat from any source. Deep InstinctTM CEO and co-founder, Mr. Guy Caspi, has extensive experience in security and in implementing machine learning and deep learning in various projects. The dedicated deep learning research group is headed by Dr. Eli David, one of the leading researchers in the field of computational intelligence.

The company developed an advanced cyber-intelligence platform that identifies and alerts against potential cybersecurity threats. The identification happens in early stages in order to prevent substantial damage. Sixgill monitors and analyses the Darknet automatically while keeping its activity clandestine. The platform points to potential cybercrime nexuses in the Darknet, which may pose a serious risk for its clients and alerts them. In contrast to other products, the company’s platform is not human based, which in turn allows for unprecedented accuracy and swiftness – most of the time, before any real damage. Mr. Avi Katzman and Elad Lavie, both experienced in the cyber- intelligence community, founded Sixgill in 2014. Its solutions and platform are in use and dispatched by many financial and security companies globally.

The company was established in 2015 by Guy Nitzan and Alon Arbatz, and mainly operates in the US and Europe. The innovative technology developed by the company identifies Web cyber threats (including darknet) by special search- abilities, and handles threats before they penetrate the organization network. The system recognizes different types of threats. The system has a cloud service, allowing organizations to protect its assets and information systems in a more efficient way.


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