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Team8 taps ex-NSA director for board of advisors

Team8, a cybersecurity think tank and company creation platform, has named Mike Rogers to its board of advisors. A former U.S. Navy admiral, Rogers is the former ex-director of the National Security Agency and ex-chief of the Central Security Service. Team8’s backers include Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors.


New York, NY and Tel Aviv, Israel, October 18th, 2018 – Team8, the leading cybersecurity think tank and company creation platform, today announced the appointment of ex-NSA Director, Admiral Mike Rogers to its Board of Advisors.

Rogers brings a distinct perspective into cyber warfare and the most pressing challenges that companies face. For the last four years, Rogers served concurrently as Director of the National Security Agency (NSA), Commander of the US Cyber Command and Chief of the Central Security Service.

Aiming to empower enterprises to build resilience in the face of cyber attackers, Team8 builds cybersecurity companies from ideation to execution, leveraging the team’s expertise of former leaders of Israel’s elite technology & intelligence Unit 8200.

As a senior advisor, Rogers will capitalize on his unique grasp of technology trends, the cyber threat landscape and the evolving tactics and tools used by cyber attackers to provide invaluable insight to both Team8’s existing portfolio companies and those currently in development. Team8 opened its New York headquarters in September 2017 and Mike Rogers will be instrumental in helping strategize their US expansion.

“I’ve worked with the highly talented resources of Unit 8200 in the past and so when I had the opportunity to join Team8, I knew this was a rare and valued opportunity,’ said Mike Rogers. “Alongside their know-how, foresight and extraordinary capabilities in aligning with leading global organizations, I’m most impressed with how Team8’s model brings teams together to solve tangible problems that fundamentally make a difference to how enterprises operate in the face of cyber threats.”

Rogers’ appointment marks the latest company milestone, following recent acquisition of Team8 portfolio company Sygnia by global investment company Temasek for $250M and significant funding raises of its portfolio companies Claroty and Hysolate.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mike Rogers to the Team8 family,” said Nadav Zafrir, CEO & Co-Founder of Team8 and former Commander of Unit 8200. “Mike will be an invaluable asset to Team8’s company-building model, providing a fountain of knowledge for our existing portfolio companies, for the companies in development and to help identify technology gaps in the marketplace on which future companies could be built.”

Team8 was founded by former leaders of Israel’s military intelligence Unit 8200 including former Commander, Brig. Gen Nadav Zafrir, along with Israel Grimberg and Liran Grinberg. The leadership team also includes Executive Chairman Yuval Shachar, serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Assaf Mischari, former technology leader in Unit 8200 and Lluís Pedragosa, former Partner at Marker LLC. Team8 has launched four disruptive companies, each with an innovative approach for organizations to build resilience against cyber warfare and that today protect dozens of Fortune 100, 500 and other leading companies and have four more companies operating in stealth mode. With offices in Tel Aviv and New York City, the Team8 group has to-date raised $180 million and employs more than 370 people worldwide.

About Team8
Team8 is a leading cybersecurity think tank and company creation platform, leveraging the expertise of formers leaders from Israel’s elite military intelligence Unit 8200. Supported by an in-house team of top researchers, engineers and analysts, Team8 is focused on developing disruptive technologies and category-leading companies that enable businesses to reap the benefits of digital transformation in an agile and secure manner. Team8 is backed by some of the world’s most renowned businesses including Cisco, Microsoft, AT&T, Accenture, Qualcomm, Nokia and Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors. For more information, please visit