Illusive Networks has been sold to Proofpoint, a portfolio company of Thoma Bravo

Illusive Networks

Illusive Networks – backed by premier investors including Team8, NEA, Bessemer, Spring Lake and Microsoft – is a class-leading identity threat detection and response (ITDR) platform that protects the critical assets of numerous leading global enterprises with three related solutions: discovering exploitable identity credentials, disrupting intruder lateral movement in networks and delivering pinpoint-accurate forensic intelligence for rapid blocking and remediation of malicious traffic. Illusive continuously shrinks attack surfaces and protects pathways to organizations’ “crown jewels,” with zero false positives and a perfect defense record against red teams. The company is essential to operationalizing true zero trust security by protecting identities and preventing lateral movement.

The Deal

Illusive was a venture-backed corporation, and the first company spun out of the company-building venture group Team8, which was co-founded by veterans of Israel’s military intelligence division, Unit 8200. Since its founding in 2014, Illusive has grown from a deception-based cybersecurity company focused on deploying deceptive tactics to protect the attack surface of corporations to a leading ITDR platform utilized by more than 120 global industry-leading companies. After having undergone several years of strong performance, Illusive sought a new partner to support multiple initiatives designed to accelerate growth, including developing innovative technological solutions, expanding wallet share with existing customers and deepening market penetration through synergies created by this new structure.

Ofer Israeli, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Illusive, commented, “We’ve enjoyed our partnership with Team8 as we developed into a category leader in ITDR. We are excited to continue our work and deepen our commitment to delivering leading-edge, identity-focused risk management solutions within the Proofpoint family. Lincoln’s industry knowledge and process management expertise were essential in achieving an outstanding outcome for all our stakeholders.”

Our Perspective

Don More, Managing Director in Lincoln’s Technology, Media & Telecom Group who leads cybersecurity, added, “We truly enjoyed working with a great management team that is passionate about their business and look forward to witnessing the great partnership formed through this merger. We see tremendous opportunity for Proofpoint to capitalize on the advanced identity protection capabilities of Illusive.”


Proofpoint, Inc. is a leading cybersecurity and compliance company that protects organizations’ greatest assets and biggest risks: their people. With an integrated suite of cloud-based solutions, Proofpoint helps companies around the world stop targeted threats, safeguard their data and make their users more resilient against cyber attacks. Leading organizations of all sizes, including 75 percent of the Fortune 100, rely on Proofpoint for people-centric security and compliance solutions that mitigate their most critical risks across email, the cloud, social media and the web. For more information, please visit

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Lincoln’s industry knowledge and process management expertise were essential in achieving an outstanding outcome for all our stakeholders.
Ofer Israeli
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Illusive

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