“I’d been looking for an agentless cybersecurity solution that could help enterprise customers manage risk, remediate vulnerabilities, and provide value from day one. Then, I  bumped into Rob Gurzeev at an Israeli entrepreneur event,” said Ken Elefant, Managing Director, Sorenson Ventures. 

Founded by CEO Rob Gurzeev and CTO Dima Potekhin, CyCognito delivers an enterprise SaaS cybersecurity platform that uses proprietary risk-detection methods to identify risks and discover potential attack vectors. CyCognito products continuously simulate sophisticated attacker processes across live infrastructure and network assets to provide comprehensive, real-time Attack Surface Discovery and Analysis without impacting business operations or requiring customer integration, deployment, or configuration. CyCognito helps security teams prioritize vulnerabilities and manage risk to eliminate and remediate critical attack vectors. The company is based in Palo Alto, CA and Tel Aviv, Israel.

“Rob is the most passionate, mission-focused, hard-working CEO that I have met in my more than 20 years of venture.”

Elefant continued, “It was like Rob had read my mind. He had completely mapped out the exact same market opportunity that I had envisioned and much more. Rob’s approach and expertise extended well beyond my thinking.”

Sorenson Ventures led the seed round in 2018.  After closing an $18 million Series A in 2019, led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, with participation from Sorenson Ventures, CyCognito is now growing rapidly and expanding its product footprint. Rob Gurzeev said, “Sorenson was one of the first US firms we met, and they immediately understood what we were trying to do and the opportunity size. They helped us map the cybersecurity landscape, define our focus, and prioritize target customers and use cases. They personally introduced us to the right people at key customers, such as ABB and Wipro, facilitating those critical early sales.” 

The company now has over 70 employees and dozens of enterprise customers in the financial services, healthcare, and hospitality industries. “Rob Gurzeev is the most passionate, mission-focused, hard-working CEO that I have met in my more than 20 years of venture. He’s hired a great team around him,” added Elefant. “I’m a security geek, and I love the way they provide context for every vulnerability. CyCognito is the first company I’ve seen that can truly help security professionals focus on what’s important and stay on top of the increasingly complex task of keeping their company safe.”