Geek of the Week: Gil Zimmermann, Ron Zalkind

Today, we will take a different approach to Geek of the Week. We’re just going to jump right into it. This week produced two winners, not one…a double whammy! We are happy to announce this week’s Geek of the Week winners: Gil Zimmermann, CEO and Co-Founder of CloudLock and Ron Zalkind, CTO and Co-Founder of CloudLock. Allow us to explain how we came to this decision.
As it currently stands, there are a ton of cloud computing companies across the globe. The explosion of the cloud market can be seen by simply taking a look at the amount of funding that has been granted to hundreds of cloud companies over the past year. The cloud market is expected to finish above the $120 billion mark for FY2015. That is a ridiculous 26% compounded annual growth rate since 2010.
There are various niches within the cloud market on a whole that make up this $120 billion figure. However, one of the most frequent ones to receive mention by cloud enthusiasts is the cloud security market. When you think about it, that’s a pretty interesting fact, especially considering that this niche will have made up less than 5% of the total cloud market (the cloud security market is expected to be worth roughly $5 billion by the end of this year). It has widely known that cloud security is one of the biggest “noise makers” within the cloud industry, and for obvious reasons.
One of the cloud security companies that has received a great deal of attention is CloudLock, which just received a patent on its cloud based cyber security threat detection technology. CloudLock is already a market leader for cloud cybersecurity (over six million enterprise users). CloudLock works by using an API centric approach. CloudLock® Smart Security Modeler™ compares various risk factors found in applications. CloudLock then uses a behavioral and contextual model to monitor for any irregularities within applications. Since CloudLock is based in the cloud, organizations that utilize CloudLock will have near-infinite amounts of compute powers to process all of the cybersecurity related data that CloudLock needs in order to properly protect your organization.
While their massive growth can be attributed to an entire company, its success has been made possible due to Mr. Zimmermann’s leadership and execution, and Mr. Zalkind’s vision and constant innovation. Prior to founding CloudLock, Mr. Zimmermann worked for Cedar Fund, EMC Corporation and Sun Microsystems. Additionally, he was named the winner of 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year New England. Mr. Zimmermann holds a BA in Computer Science and Philosophy from Tel Aviv University, an MBA from Northeastern University, and is a graduate of MAMRAM, the elite software developer program for the IDF Computer and Technology Unit. As for Mr. Zalkind: he held various positions at Interwise, the Israeli Air Force Software Development Unit, and has over twenty years of experience building software systems and product platforms. He holds a BA in Computer Science from the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Jaffa and is also a graduate of MAMRAM like Mr. Zimmermann.
Congratulations Gil and Ron!