Top 10 UK-Israel Cyber Security Influencers to Follow

Cyber security is one of the most pressing issues for businesses and public bodies today, and has been identified as a national priority for both Israel and the UK. Israel is a global leader in the cyber field while the UK has a strong business and government agenda in the cyber arena.  Below we’ve put together a list of ten of our favorite UK/Israel cyber influencers to follow on LinkedIn. This is what it looks like when you bring  the best of the UK and Israel together.

1. Jane Frankland (UK) has a vision  “to strengthen cyber space with an optimised, diverse cybersecurity workforce.”  She is the author of INSecurity: Why a Failure to Attract and Retain Women in Cybersecurity is Making Us All Less Safe and the founder of Cyber Security Capital, the IN Crowd community, and the IN Security movement. With over 20 years in cybersecurity, she stands out as an award-winning cybersecurity entrepreneur and consultant.  If you’re looking for a unique and knowledgeable voice in cybersecurity, Frankland is a must-follow.

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2. Shlomo Kramer (Israel), the co-founder of Check Point, the first firewall in the commercial market, is known as “the godfather of Israeli cybersecurity”.  He is a serial entrepreneur and investor and went on from CheckPoint to establish Imperva, and then Cato Networks. Kramer believe the cloud is the next big development in cybersecurity.  He’s very active on LinkedIn. If you’re not already following him, you should be.

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3. Sarb Sembhi (UK)  is a regular speaker and contributor to several risk and security initiatives.His specialties include Networked CCTV System Vulnerabilities, Converged Security Risk Management, Secure Software Development (Secure by Design), Software Development Standards, Data Integrity Attacks, Protecting the people responsible for Critical Business Assets..  He currently acts as CTO, CISO & DPO for Virtually Informed.

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4. Yotam Gutman (Israel), is the VP of Marketing at CyberDB, a web-based research platform provides premium data, news, research and analysis on vendors and solutions of the global Cyber industry worldwide. Yotam writes about marketing tips and cyber security and is very engaged with his users on LinkedIn. If you’re striving to have open conversations about cyber security, Yotam is the guy to follow.

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5. Danny Dresner (UK) co-created IASME and was a contributor to Cyber Essentials, a simple, government-backed scheme that will help you to protect your organisation. He has a PhD in informatics and is a consulting research analyst and lecturer for the University of Manchester where he’s taught hundreds of students on cyber security and governance.. He founded Dresner Associates with his mission  to “find the threads that bind information together and mend them when they break.”

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6. Itay Sagie (Israel) is a seasoned entrepreneur who acts as VP Business Development and Marketing at Cronus Cyber Technologies, an automatic penetration testing company named a 2017 cyber security leader by Cyber Defense Magazine and the first to receive CREST accreditation.  He also serves on the board of the Israeli Export Institutes cyber unit, mentors entrepreneurs at The Hive accelerator and helps young companies via VCforYou. Itay was named one of the 40 under 40 entrepreneurs amongst thousands of IESE Business School alumni.

Favorite article: When Espionage Meets Globalization

7. Troels Oerting (UK) serves as CSO and CISO at Barclays and was appointed 2017 Chairman of the Board at the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA). His four main goals: Protect the estate; Enable the business to get fast to market with apps and platforms offering privacy, security and convenience; Innovate to stay safe; Educate by integrating ‘security’ to become part of the DNA of colleagues. He has deep experience in cyber security in both law enforcement and the private sector.  He posts regularly on LinkedIn. Following him is a great way to keep your finger on the cyber pulse.

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8.   Keren Elazari  (Israel)  was appeared on Forbes’ list of 50 Most Influential Women in Israel in 2017. She  is a cyber security researcher and is known for her international speaking events such as TED, RSA Conference, TEDMED, TEDx, DLD, DEFCON, NATO, WIRED, to name a few. Her writings have appeared in Scientific American , Financial Times and WIRED (UK ). Follow Elazari to keep up on emerging cyber security issues.

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9. Steve Cottrell (UK) acts as CISO for Aviva.  He has a proven track record of delivering strategic business benefits, operational security improvements, and enterprise risk reduction. For nearly 20 years, he’s served in leadership roles in information security risk management, security assurance, and cyber security operations across multiple industry sectors (Finance, Telecoms, Government, Blue-chip).  We’d love to see more articles from Cottrell on LinkedIn but he’s still great to follow for his regular posts.


10. Maya Schirmann (Israel) is the VP of Marketing for XM, a cyber security start-up developing an automatic hacking machine which simulates the offensive activities of advanced threat actors in large scale networks. She previously worked for DeepInstinct, one of the first companies to apply deep learning to cyber security.  Her articles and posts range from hacks to cyber security news.

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