CybersecurityToka empowers governments to leverage the IoT landscape for intelligence and operational purposes
- Founded in 2018
- Funding total: $37.5 million; latest round: $25 million Series B in October 2021
- Investors include Andreessen Horowitz, Dell Technologies Capital, Entrée Capital, Eclipse Ventures
- HQs in Tel Aviv and Washington, D.C.
- FTEs: 50+
- Key clients/partners: law enforcement, homeland security and defense agencies
- Key executives: Alon Kantor, co-founder and co-CEO: previously VP of business development for cyber security developer Check Point; Kfir Waldman, co-founder and co-CEO: former Cisco executive, 3x startup founder, EMBA from Northwestern University; Yaron Rosen, co-founder: former Chief of the Israel Defence Force’s Digital & Cyber Transformation Process, Brigadier General in the Israeli Air Force.
Toka has one overarching goal: to provide trusted governments with the tools needed to keep citizens safe and defend against terror and crime. Today’s digitally connected world offers Law Enforcement, Defence, and Security agencies many opportunities – as well as risks. Toka empowers government agencies by tackling both fronts, developing novel, lawful solutions for Digital Forensics, Intelligence, and Force Protection. Toka’s software platforms leverage the IoT landscape to enable faster, safer, and easier investigations and operations; they suit multiple missions, including forensic investigations, targeted intelligence, covert operations, and quick response; they are simple to use and expedite time-to-insight, helping agencies enhance their effectiveness and ultimately save lives.
Toka’s software products are designed to be used by non-technical staff rather than forensics labs. Unlike traditional offerings, Toka’s digital forensics and intelligence-gathering platforms do not require hardware tools or risky installations. This software-based system enables users to collect evidence more quickly than hardware-based methods, while also leaving no trace. Toka’s approach is both safer and more cost- and time-efficient.
Founded by leaders with unique experience in the defense world, Toka works across the strategic, operational, and tactical levels, and has a deep, hands-on technical experience to address the full breadth of its clients’ needs.
plans for 2022
Expand and continue to develop their products.
who should connect with this company
Public sector leaders and government agencies looking to level up their cybersecurity initiatives.
Company in Action
Toka has partnered with international organisations to lead national-level cyber strategy and capacity building projects in Europe, Africa, and Latin America.
In 2018, hackers attacked the second largest bank in Chile, stealing $10 million. This digital heist served as a wakeup call for executives from the country’s public and private sectors, who promptly accelerated the implementation of its national cybersecurity strategy. As part of these efforts, in 2020 the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) tasked Toka with supporting this strategy by providing tools, infrastructure, and training programmes to help the country develop its cybersecurity resilience.
Toka has since undertaken similar partnerships, including World Bank-sponsored initiatives in conjunction with the governments of Moldova and Nigeria.
Watch Lior Susan, founder of Eclipse Venture Capital, interview Toka’s co-founders about Toka’s mission, vision, and growth trajectory.
Toka is addressing one of governments’ most pressing needs: protecting crucial data and infrastructure. Instead of preaching techno-solutionism, their approach is to develop an overall cyber strategy and then find or develop technology that is most appropriate for each client. The digital forensics and information gathering tools Toka develops have a direct impact on fighting cyber crime effectively and quickly using a minimal amount of resources.
The team behind Toka is particularly strong. Retired Brigadier General Yaron Rosen, Toka’s co-founder, spent more than three decades in the Israeli military and led the Israel Defence Force’s digital transformation and cybersecurity processes. Co-founder Alon Kantor has direct experience in the cybersecurity industry, and co-founder Kfir Waldman has a strong business background. Ehud Barak, former Israeli Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, was also on Toka’s founding team.