Ofer Amitai, CEO and Founder, Portnox
Ofer Amitai’s first professional entrée into the security space began during his military service in an elite Israeli Air Force unit. Amitai was responsible for establishing the military arm’s IT security team to manage and secure daily operations and intelligence efforts. Following completion of military service, Amitai took on a management role in the security division at Xpert Integrated Systems (acquired by ONE1), which offered security and continuity solutions in house and on third party platforms. Subsequently, Amitai served as the Microsoft Regional Director of Security, where he was responsible for evangelism and education on topics of cybersecurity threats and was the company lead in introducing new security technologies and products in the Israeli market. In between, Amitai founded a services company in the space of identity and risk management, before moving on to co-found Portnox, a security vendor in the network access control (NAC) space with operations in the US, UK and EMEA. Originally taking on the position of CTO at the company’s establishment in 2007, Amitai assumed the position of CEO in 2015 following the opening of the company’s first US offices. As a thought leader, Amitai has lead a series of lectures, and, as part of the CSSP organization, has educated students on safe and ethical online behavior. In addition, Amitai has been involved in a number of speaking engagements in the security industry and is often cited as a source on network and IoT security in leading industry publications.