CyCognito was founded by veterans of national intelligence agencies who understand how attackers exploit blind spots, and who recognized the need for a radical new approach to threat assessment.



"Our mission is to build the next-generation security risk assessment product category: solutions that autonomously discover, enumerate, and prioritize each organization’s security risks based upon a global analysis of all external attack surfaces, and attack vectors that a real attacker would likely exploit."


CyCognito Team


Rob Gurzeev

CEO and Co-Founder

Rob Gurzeev, CEO and Co-Founder of CyCognito, has led the development of offensive security solutions for both the private sector and intelligence agencies. Prior to founding CyCognito, he was Director of Offensive Security and head of R&D at C4 Security (acquired by Elbit Systems) and the CTO of the Product Department of the 8200 Israeli Intelligence Corps. Honors that he received as an Israel Defense Forces Officer included Award for Excellence, the Creative Thinking Award and the Source of Life Award.

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Dima Potekhin

CTO and Co-Founder

Dima Potekhin, CTO and Co-Founder of CyCognito, is an expert in mass-scale data analysis and security. He is an autodidact who has been coding since the age of nine and holds four patents that include processes for large content delivery networks (CDNs) and internet-scale infrastructure. Prior to founding CyCognito, he founded multiple companies, including Epicycle Technologies, a software consulting firm specializing in big data, computer vision, image processing, geographic information systems and other domains requiring huge scale and complex mathematical algorithms; and Metaqube, that developed a cutting edge city-scale augmented reality technology for mobile devices. As a Software Engineer and Security Researcher in the Israel Defense Forces, he participated in a project that received the prestigious Israel Defense Prize.

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Aisling MacRunnels

Chief Growth & Strategy Officer
Aisling, Chief Growth & Strategy Officer has over 30 years of experience in building early stage and mature businesses in tech and cybersecurity. Aisling's passionate leadership style, skills and experience allow her to drive strategically and execute tactically. Aisling's focus is always on creating a compelling journey for customers, partners, investors and employees together. Aisling MacRunnels comes to us from Synack, the leader in Crowdsourced Security Testing, where she was the Chief Business & Growth Officer. As a founding member of the Synack team, Aisling has helped create a new category of enterprise caliber security testing that can support the scale and pace of the digital transformation. As CMO of the Sun Micrososyem's software business Aisling was responsible for the strategy, product management, marketing and business development for the entire software portfolio.
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Ansh Patnaik

Chief Product Officer
Ansh Patnaik, SVP of Product Management, has over 20 years of cross functional experience in cybersecurity and data analytics. Most recently, Ansh was Director, Cloud Security Products for Google Cloud Platform, and Chief Product Officer for Chronicle, prior to the acquisition of Chronicle by Google. Previously, he was VP of Product Management at Oracle Cloud where he defined and launched their security analytics cloud service offering. Ansh has held product management, product marketing and sales engineering leadership roles at several market leading software companies including Delphix, ArcSight (acquired by HP), and BindView (acquired by Symantec). 
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Jeff Romano

Chief Customer Officer
Jeff Romano, Chief Customer Officer, is responsible for onboarding, training, professional services, technical support, and overall success management of CyCognito customers. Jeff has more than 25 years working in technology, including in cloud-based software for cybersecurity, data analytics, and telecommunications. Most recently, Jeff was Chief Customer Success Officer at Exabeam where he successfully reduced churn, improved customer satisfaction, and expanded service offerings. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President of Global Customer Services for 8x8, Inc., where managed services and renewals for their 50,000 cloud-based unified communications customers. Jeff has also held executive roles at Model N, Birst, Navis, and Oracle. Jeff holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.
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Michael Trites

Senior Vice President of Global Sales

Michael Trites, Senior Vice President of Global Sales, has nearly 30 years of experience leading successful sales, field engineering and channel teams. His thoughtful leadership ensures that all his relationships – from team members, customers to partner­ alliances — receive complete satisfaction. Prior to joining CyCognito Michael was the Executive Vice President of Sales at BigID, Vice President of Sales, Americas at Zimperium and has held numerous sales management positions at leading technology companies including Riverbed, NitroSecurity, and Enterasys Networks (formerly Cabletron Systems).

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Oded Simon

SVP, Operations & General Manager of CyCognito Israel
Oded Simon, Senior Vice President of Operations, has deep experience supporting technology startups in their growth from formation through all stages of development, particularly in the areas of operations, fundraising and business development. Prior to joining CyCognito, he ran a business development and consultancy practice and was a Partner at Baratz & Company.
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Hed Bar-Nissan

Vice President of Engineering
Hed Bar-Nissan, Vice President of Engineering, has a depth of experience leading large-scale product and infrastructure development and driving the performance of multidisciplinary professional teams in global environments. He is passionate about visualizing data and turning it into knowledge. Prior to joining CyCognito, he was Head of Data Engineering at
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Amy Treadwell

Vice President of People
Amy Treadwell, Vice President of People, is responsible for the Global HR function at
CyCognito. Amy has over 20 years of experience and most recently led the People function at Carbon Health, where in two years the organization went from 150 to 2,100 employees in 42 different states. Amy and her team established and rapidly scaled HR information systems & frameworks for all aspects of the people function.
Prior to Carbon, Amy was the Global Vice President of People and Culture at Jumio and held global leadership roles at Fitbit, PayPal, eBay, and Electronic Arts. A former practicing attorney, Amy earned her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law, and a B.A. from the University of Southern California.
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Lori Cornmesser

Vice President of Worldwide Channel Sales

Lori Cornmesser, vice president of worldwide channel sales, began her career in the channel more than 25 years ago. Her leadership and strategic vision have resulted in multiple awards for her work, including being named a CRN Channel Chief and recognized by CRN Magazine as a Top Woman in the Channel. Prior to joining CyCognito, she held executive positions at Infoblox, Ixia, Juniper Networks, and Riverstone Networks. Lori earned an MBA in International Business studies from Columbus University.

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Raphael Reich

Vice President of Marketing
Raphael Reich, Vice President of Marketing, has held cybersecurity leadership roles for the past 20 years and contributed to IPOs at Imperva, Varonis and Echelon. Prior to joining CyCognito, he was Head of Product Marketing at Contrast Security, where he built the product marketing and product management teams and helped drive ~100% year-over-year revenue growth through compelling content, sales tools and campaigns.
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Randy Streu

Vice President of Business Development
Randy Streu, Vice President of Business Development, has more than 20 years of experience creating transformative partnerships in public and private companies to increase customer value and drive growth. Prior to CyCognito, Randy led strategic and technical alliances for SecurityScorecard, with a focus on corporate cybersecurity risk ratings partners, cyber insurance partners, and service providers. Previously, Randy managed business development and channel partnerships for Sauce Labs, Cloud Academy, Sumo Logic,and HPE Enterprise among others.
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Michal Weinstein

Vice President of Finance
Michal Weinstein, Vice President of Finance, is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with experience in both public and private global organizations. Prior to CyCognito, Michal held Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A) roles at Guesty, AppsFlyer and Compugen, and was the Senior Corporate Controller at Compugen. She started her career with Ernst & Young as a CPA.
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Michael Mastrole

Global Vice President of Sales Engineering
Michael Mastrole, Global Vice President - Sales Engineering has over 20 years leading successful sales engineering, technical marketing and product management teams.  Having experience in early market enterprise software, he helps customers see their desired outcomes. Mike joins us from Illumio where he was their VP of Sales Engineering. Before Illumio, Mike worked at McAfee (acquired by Intel), TippingPoint (acquired by 3Com) and Cisco Systems. 
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Dinesh Rao

Vice President of Revenue Operations
Dinesh Rao, VP of Revenue Operations has over 20 years of Revenue Operations experience at both fast paced growth companies and large enterprises. Dinesh has a customer first approach to operations and strives to build processes, people, and tools to support a smooth customer journey. His strategic mindset with sharp execution skills have contributed to fast and consistent growth at companies like Zscaler, Trend Micro, VMware, WhiteHat Security, and most recently at Palo Alto Networks. Dinesh has extensive experience in building infrastructure for growth and scale through automation, simplified process, and tools implementation. With a background in Finance, he has advanced SaaS metrics analysis and reporting skills, contributing to key business decisions at companies.

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