Axonius Co-Founders January 2020

A Team of Experts.

We've assembled a world-class team — from our leaders to our investors — to solve the asset management challenge once and for all.

Leadership Team

Solving a problem that has dogged security teams for decades takes a team with decades of experience. We’re led by cybersecurity veterans (both literal and figurative) with proven track records of bringing innovative cybersecurity products to market.


Dean Sysman | Co-Founder and CEO

Dean is a world-renowned expert in cybersecurity who was honored with a place on the Forbes 30 Under 30 Israel 2017 list. Before founding Axonius, Dean co-founded Cymmetria, A YC-backed cyber deception company with Fortune 500 customers. He has spoken at major conferences including Blackhat, Defcon, CCC, and more.

He is an alumnus of an elite unit in the Israeli Intelligence Corps, where he served for five years as a team leader and officer. During his service, Dean received commendations and awards for his service. Dean is a graduate of the special "Etgar" program, where he earned his B.Sc in computer science at the age of 19. In 2005, Dean was part of the gold medal team in the international Robotic Olympics in South Korea. Dean enjoys playing poker and reading existential philosophy.



Ofri Shur | Co-Founder and CTO

Ofri is a graduate of the elite Talpiot military academy and has over 13 years of hands-on experience in the cybersecurity field. After graduating from Talpiot, Ofri served for 8 years as an officer in the IDF’s intelligence corps. In his last position, he was the leader of an R&D section with more than 40 engineers and researchers. During his service, Ofri received several awards, including the Chief of Staff’s Award of Excellence, the highest recognition possible for officers in his rank. Ofri finished his service with the rank of Major.

Prior to founding Axonius, he was the CTO of Kayhut, a cybersecurity company with more than 100 employees. Ofri holds a B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics with honors from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ofri enjoys skiing with friends and reading history books.



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Avidor Bartov | Co-Founder and Chief Architect

Avidor is a globally recognized cybersecurity expert. Starting at the age of 13, Avidor became a staple in the Israeli cybersecurity underground hacking scene; by the time he was 17, he was employed as a leading penetration tester, and personally led the evaluation of the largest organizations in Israel. Following this, he was drafted into an elite cyber intelligence course and was positioned as a security researcher in the 8200 unit.

During his service, Avidor was promoted to a team leader as an officer and won many accolades for his classified work, among them the Excellence Award of the head of unit 8200. Avidor is a graduate of a special academic program where he is expected to receive his CS B.Sc. Avidor enjoys long distance running and skydiving.




Lenny Zeltser | Chief Information Security Officer

Lenny is Chief Information Security Officer at Axonius. Prior to Axonius, Lenny led security product management at Minerva Labs and NCR. Before that, he spearheaded the U.S. security consulting practice at a leading cloud services provider acquired by CenturyLink. Zeltser also helps shape global cybersecurity practices by teaching at SANS Institute and sharing knowledge through writing, public speaking, and community projects. He has earned the prestigious GIAC Security Expert designation and developed the Linux malware analysis toolkit REMnux. Lenny is also on the Board of Directors of SANS Technology Institute. Outside of work, Lenny loves cooking for his family and friends.





Nathan Burke | Chief Marketing Officer

Nathan is the Chief Marketing Officer at Axonius. Passionate about bringing new technologies to market to solve real problems, he has held marketing leadership roles at Hexadite (acquired by Microsoft), Intralinks, MineralTree, CloudLock (acquired by Cisco), and is a frequent speaker and contributing author on topics related to the intersection of collaboration and security. He lives on Cape Cod with his wife, daughter, and dog, and enjoys watching the unfairly dominant New England Patriots.




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Mark Daggett | VP of Channels and Alliances

Mark is VP of Channels and Alliances at Axonius. Mark spent over 20 years in technology, leading and developing channel and sales teams. He spent over 4 years at Cylance (acquired by BlackBerry), which was the fastest cybersecurity company to reach $100M. During his time as a Channel Leader at Cylance, Mark was integral in helping relaunch their channel program. Mark has held leadership positions at several IT organizations including Quest Software (Acquired by Dell), Govplace, and eEye Digital Security. Mark resides in Southern California with his family, and enjoys spending time at the beach and skiing in the mountains.



Meital Grinstein | VP of Finance and Operations

Meital is the VP of Finance and Operations at Axonius. She has extensive experience in leading financial roles at fast growing dynamic companies including Juno, a NY based ride sharing company; Payoneer, a global online payment platform; and Fundtech, a financial services company acquired by D+H. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and three girls, and is an avid tennis player that also enjoys long mountain hikes and yoga.



Joe Hoban | SVP of Sales

Joe is a seasoned cybersecurity sales leadership professional with over 15 years of experience building and executing successful global strategies to drive revenue growth. Prior to joining Axonius, Joe ran North America channel sales at Mandiant and FireEye and has held key leadership positions at other leading cybersecurity firms including Symantec, GuardianEdge, Centrify, and NetForensics. When Joe is not working he can usually be found with his family enjoying the Chesapeake Bay or chasing his 3 unruly canines.




Nadav Lev | VP of Research and Development

Nadav is the VP of R&D at Axonius. Nadav is passionate about computer science and using cutting-edge tools and automation to build efficient, productive R&D teams. Nadav served 6 years in the elite 8200 unit and finished with the rank of Captain. In his last position, he was an R&D Team Leader at Cymmetria. Nadav holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from Tel Aviv University. Nadav enjoys lifting weights and snowboarding with friends.



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