This startup is not your average tech startup. Onyxia coming out of stealth today (Thursday) is very unique. First of all it is related to a very male dominated industry but was founded by a woman. was the founder of These two factors are very rare in the startup world, but we’ll get to that later.
Stop retroactive action
Tehila’s new startup is called Onyxia, and she explained in an interview with Geektime that it’s aimed at CISOs. She wants to be less reactive and more proactive when it comes to situations that arise. “At the staff level, we are understaffed. So we need a prioritized and automated way to maximize the capabilities of our security teams. … On a technical level, if you look at large companies and organizations with hundreds or thousands of employees, over the years more and more information security products have been used in future planning and strategic planning. The approach is typically that core security products are rarely abandoned even if they are potentially ineffective. More work and more noise.”
So, instead of consulting firms or external consultants performing organizational tests, Onyxia instead uses automation and artificial intelligence to provide the necessary information such as insights, tasks, risk assessments, controls and management methods. provide the team. Fix various security issues. “We help information security managers strategize, plan ahead, and act proactively. We pay attention to three factors: team, technology, and process management. information security and save costs,” says Tehila. We are not just talking about offload and performance measurement separately, but we are tying these elements together as part of a strategic view that the platform enables at the level of process automation. ”
Onyxia emerged from stealth today with a respectable $5 million seed funding round led by World Trade Ventures with participation from Silvertech Ventures and other angels.
What made you want to start your own company? Founding a startup with a co-founder is difficult enough, especially since investors tend not to like solo founders. See these gaps in your choices?
Tehila: “I started my company at the age of 34. Since the day I joined IDF, I have been involved in the information security field at the most challenging professional level, learning about the changes in cloud and information security. I have held senior positions in cyber companies.I am happy to have touched on many issues throughout my career.I decided to spend my time finding strategic investors rather than finding founding partners. Through the process, I’ve found that the US is more open than Israel, but the bottom line when dealing with investors is mostly based on trust. Based on my background and experience, being a sole proprietorship is not a significant risk and has many advantages, such as being able to make quick decisions regarding teams and products.”
Also, female entrepreneurs are rare, especially in the male-dominated field of cyber. Did you run into difficulties along the way?
Tehirah: “I have never seen the fact that I am a woman for or against me. I have to admit the fact that I certainly felt that the fact that there were few female investors, coupled with the fact that there were few female investors, was that women investors tended to invest less in other women. Coupled with the fact that women tend to take less risks and don’t want to take risks as female entrepreneurs, it’s a chain that’s hard for women to get out of, but I’m surrounded by people from all walks of life. There are professional women out there who are very active in exposing women in the cyber world and promoting women in cyber. p We go to great lengths to encourage women to participate in and acquire academic education in the field while building their careers.”
Ryuhime disguised as a human
Tehila is no new player in the tech space. She has more than 10 and a half years of experience in the field of information security, she was the Information Security Officer for the Intelligence Force, her CISO for AMN’s research division, and also Perimeter 81 and others. “I totally believe in it because I am working out the pain I felt while working in the field. This keeps me moving forward and gives me the motivation to keep pushing towards my goals.” of entrepreneurs believe they need to understand where their motivations come from and what their goals are.When you have clarity on these two things, you can neutralize the background noise and move faster. It makes moving forward much easier.”
Tehila founded Onyxia in 2022 and employs 11 people in offices in Tel Aviv and Manhattan. If you don’t know the name of the startup, he is one of the characters from the super popular game World of Warcraft. Of course, we couldn’t help but ask her what her name means, but Tehyra explains that this is her favorite character in the game and it’s also what tied her to the cyber world. He gave me Changing from a dragon to a human in response to changes in the environment is relevant to our actions: we provide dynamic security strategies and provide insights accordingly. has many elements taken from the gaming world, which we believe is another way for us to stand out and differentiate our platform. Another boring product or another graph It’s not a dodgy dashboard, it’s a fun place to come back to and a place to leave with more flavor… even in the world. Security issues often seen as boring and gray. ”
So, entrepreneurs reading this, I want to reduce the generic name of my next startup. thank you!