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Merlin Ventures invests in emerging technologies to create enterprise ready products that protect government and commercial organizations.

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Cybersecurity: US administration offers huge opportunities

Dec 7, 2021

Cybersecurity: US administration offers huge opportunities Merlin Ventures TLV manager Shay Michel told the Globes Startup Conference that the US administration's tougher cybersecurity stance provides openings for Israeli startups. US president Joe Biden has put the issue of cybersecurity at the top of his agenda since entering office in January. In May he even published a presidential order on the topic of national cybersecurity and instructed the administration and suppliers working with it to improve their handling of the issue. This month the US administration also repaired hundreds of vulnerabilities due to concern about being exposed to a cyberattack event. According to Merlin Ventures TLV manager and general partner Shay Michel, who spoke with Ofir Dor at the Globes Most Promising Startups of 2021 Conference, the changing attitude of the US administration began after the outbreak of the Covid pandemic nearly two years ago when employees began working from home and this created very big awareness in the field. "The administration understood that even if it is very well protected, third party suppliers are not protected and it began to toughen up its position on the issue of cybersecurity. We saw attacks that found weaknesses in code and made damaging penetrations that caused harm to very many organizations. You must understand that when a government organization is attacked, it takes years to repair the damage because the scale of the attack is unknown and how many suppliers are exposed to it." What is the significance of the change in the US administration for the cybersecurity industry? "For Israel's industry this is a huge opportunity because the US administration understands that it cannot only use its own infrastructure and must examine how such a large organization, the biggest organization in the US, can work with suppliers. When talk with veteran entrepreneurs about work in this area, you hear that the administration is now hungry to work with Israeli startups and wants to change. The startup Axonius, for example, began doing this at an early stage and I saw that the CEO is very satisfied because it involves big customers who pay good money. However, as of today, most startups are beginning at a later stage to try and work with the administration. You have to work smartly and already begin working with them when the company is in its early stage. What are the US authorities seeking in terms of cybersecurity? There is a major discussion in the world about whether to work with portfolio companies that provide all sorts of products in one package, and there are companies like Palo Alto Networks and Check Point that are amazing but were not born to work together with other companies, or work with organizations that know how to work with each other. There are like Wiz and Orca that from the outset were built as platforms for work with other cybersecurity companies. I think that Palo Alto Networks and Check Point, which still control the market and are investing a great deal in developing for the future will also go in this direction. We will see in the coming year or two." RELATED ARTICLES

Merlin Ventures Investments

3 Investments

Merlin Ventures has made 3 investments. Their latest investment was in Finite State as part of their Series B on August 8, 2021.

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Merlin Ventures Investments Activity

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8/2/2021

Series B

Finite State

$30M

Yes

3

7/28/2021

Series A

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$99M

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10

11/7/2019

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$99M

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10

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8/2/2021

7/28/2021

11/7/2019

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Series B

Series A

Series A - II

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Finite State

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$30M

$99M

$99M

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Merlin Ventures Partners & Customers

1 Partners and customers

Merlin Ventures has 1 strategic partners and customers. Merlin Ventures recently partnered with Cyolo on June 6, 2021.

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6/15/2021

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Cyolo

Israel

Merlin Ventures Announces Partnership with Cyolo to Deliver Zero Trust Cybersecurity Solutions to the U.S. Market – Merlin

Through its partnership with Merlin Ventures , Cyolo can now help agencies comply with the recent `` Executive Order on Improving the Nation 's Cybersecurity '' that includes a 60-day requirement to define a Zero Trust Architecture .

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6/15/2021

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Cyolo

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Israel

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Merlin Ventures Announces Partnership with Cyolo to Deliver Zero Trust Cybersecurity Solutions to the U.S. Market – Merlin

Through its partnership with Merlin Ventures , Cyolo can now help agencies comply with the recent `` Executive Order on Improving the Nation 's Cybersecurity '' that includes a 60-day requirement to define a Zero Trust Architecture .

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Merlin Ventures Team

1 Team Member

Merlin Ventures has 1 team member, including current Executive Vice President, Linda Eisele.

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Linda Eisele

Executive Vice President

Current

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Linda Eisele

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Executive Vice President

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