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Moody's and Team8 Launch Joint Cyber Risk Assessment Venture

In late 2018, Moody's was one of 14 multinational companies who joined Team8 as strategic partners, together committing $85 million to the foundry’s cybersecurity fund

Hagar Ravet 11:1127.06.19

New York-listed financial services company Moody’s Corporation has entered a joint venture with Israeli cybersecurity startup foundry Team8 LLC., the two announced Thursday. The goal of the venture is to develop new methods and technologies to measure and analyze cyber risks faced by enterprises, they said.

 

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Derek Vadala, managing director, global head of cyber risk at Moody’s, will lead the joint venture. Team8 CEO Nadav Zafrir will serve on its board of directors.

Team8 CEO Nadav Zafrir. Photo: Orel Cohen Team8 CEO Nadav Zafrir. Photo: Orel Cohen

Based in Tel Aviv and New York, Team8 is a cyber think tank and a startup foundry with a strong link to Israeli NSA equivalent Unit 8200. Team8 is headed by Zafrir, the former chief of Unit 8200, who founded it together with unit veterans Israel Grimberg and Liran Grinberg. Israeli serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist Yuval Shachar serves as executive chairman.

 

Team8 works with strategic partners to define industry cyber protection needs and develop related technologies, going as far as establishing, staffing, funding and raising capital for companies that go on to operate under Team8’s umbrella. Among the companies founded by Team8 are cyber consulting company Sygnia Inc., acquired by Temasek in 2018 for a reported $250 million, and Industrial networks cybersecurity company Claroty Ltd., which has raised more than $90 million in funding from investors including Temasek, Rockwell Automation, and Aster Capital.

 

In late 2018, Moody’s was one of 14 multinational companies who joined Team8 as strategic partners, together committing $85 million to the foundry’s cybersecurity fund. Other backers included Japan’s SoftBank Group International, Europe's largest aerospace company Airbus Group SE, Singapore's governmental holding company Temasek Holdings (Private) Ltd., Microsoft, and Barclays PLC.
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