Name: Amichai Shulman
Title: Researcher, Entrepreneur, Investor
Why Nominated: Shulman has gained his expert reputation by staying at the leading edge of security research and mentoring security teams, developers and entrepreneurs in the security industry.
Founding Imperva in 2002, Amichai was at the forefront of the cybersecurity industry and had a strong hand in defining the market at a time when broader awareness of cybersecurity was still in its infancy.
Shulman continues to be on the leading edge, influencing the newest generation of breakthrough companies such as Panorays, cyOT, Lacoon (acquired by Checkpoint), and others which use the most innovative tech and apply it to the cyber-security world. Incredibly, many of the Imperva alumni, mentored by Amichai, are now the founders of the new generation of cybersecurity companies.
Profile: Shulman is a cybersecurity researcher, entrepreneur and investor. He is currently an adviser and board member for a number of cybersecurity startup companies including Panorays, as well as teaching cybersecurity for undergraduate college students and conducting independent research. Amichai has 25 years of cyber security experience in military, government and commercial environments. He cofounded Imperva in 2002 and served as CTO for the company for over 15 years, driving innovation, thought leadership and mentoring the next generation of researchers.
He has presented research and other topics at many conferences over the years including RSAC, Infosecurity Europe and BlackHat. Amichai holds B.Sc and M.Sc in Computer Science.
What colleagues say:
“Amichai without any doubt is one of the biggest influencers in the cyber-security industry. On the one hand, he is connected to security teams and CISOs so he understands the market. On the other, he is an advisor to a dozen startups, all innovators in their field and so is at the cutting-edge of technology.
He is a great executive and leader – one that sees the whole picture but can also dive into the bits and bytes. Just like he participates in board meetings, he also participates and follows engineers' discussions. This combination of technological know-how together with his understanding of the marketing is what leads Amichai to create groundbreaking security solutions and develop new approaches in the world of cybersecurity. His track record of investing and mentoring successful cyber-security companies further demonstrates his unique leadership skills while continuing to influence the industry," said Matan Or-El, CEO & co-founder, of Panorays.