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AWS and CrowdStrike announce the winner of the AWS & CrowdStrike Cybersecurity Accelerator

Left to Right: CJ Moses, CISO, Amazon, Mike Sentonas, President, CrowdStrike, Galina Antova, Co-founder, Claroty, Tal Kollender, Co-founder & CEO, Gytpol, Ilan Leiferman, Head BD Cybersecurity, AWS, Daniel Bernard, CBO, CrowdStrike, Dona Haj, VCs & Startups BD, AWS

In a groundbreaking initiative aimed at nurturing the next wave of cybersecurity disruptors, AWS and CrowdStrike announced security remediation platform GYTPOL as the winner’s of the 2024 AWS and CrowdStrike Cybersecurity Startup Accelerator. The top prize was awarded for their innovative technology, which specializes in continuous detection and automated remediation of device misconfigurations, ensuring zero impact on business continuity. The winner was announced after competing against 8 other startups at the final stages of the program.

GYTPOLHandpicked from a pool of hundreds of applicants, 23 startups embarked on an exciting journey through the AWS and Crowdstrike Cybersecurity Accelerator, a 10-week, equity-free program that provided unparalleled access to industry experts, masterclasses, global investors, and up to $25,000 in AWS Activate Credits, empowering these startups to scale and innovate in the cybersecurity realm.

Participating in the AWS and Crowdstrike Accelerator Program has truly been a game-changer for GYTPOL. The invaluable content and strategy sessions have significantly boosted our company’s growth. What’s been most rewarding on a personal level is the exceptional mentorship and the opportunity to connect with industry leaders I’ve long admired. It’s surreal to witness their genuine interest and eagerness to help. Equally exciting is meeting the rising stars, individuals whose potential is palpable. This program has a knack for cultivating talent and fostering a supportive community. I feel privileged to be part of this cohort, surrounded by such incredible tech and talent, in a program that’s truly one-of-a-kind.

Tal Kollender, CEO of Gytpol

The winner was unveiled at an exclusive startup showcase at the San Francisco Mint during RSA Conference 2024, attended by cybersecurity executives, technology buyers, CISOs, and investors. Mike Sentonas, CrowdStrike President, CJ Moses, AWS Chief Information Security Officer, and entrepreneur and investor, Galina Antova.

“CrowdStrike took cybersecurity to the cloud by building on AWS – together we’ve propelled how companies build and secure their businesses in the cloud, from code to runtime,” shared Daniel Bernard, Chief Business Officer at CrowdStrike and showcase moderator. “Partnering with AWS to foster the next-generation of cybersecurity innovators underscores our commitment to driving industry transformation.”

Apex“In the midst of every crisis there may be an opportunity. But in technology, the reverse is often true, as well: every opportunity also creates a crisis. AI is undoubtedly a generational opportunity—a force multiplier for productivity that has quickly become essential for teams to compete. But it’s also a force multiplier for malicious actors and represents a new cybersecurity attack vector,” said Bogomil Balkansky, partner at Sequoia Capital. “Our portfolio company, Apex, helps teams resolve the tension between leveraging transformative AI innovations and ensuring robust protection against risks. We are proud to see Apex recognized as a finalist in the AWS & CrowdStrike accelerator.”

“Congratulations to GYTPOL for their outstanding achievement in winning the AWS and CrowdStrike Cybersecurity Startup Accelerator. Their innovative approach to continuous detection and automated remediation of device misconfigurations is truly groundbreaking. We are thrilled to see them thrive and look forward to supporting their continued success as they make waves in the cybersecurity industry,” said Kellen O’Connor, EMEA Managing Director for Startups at AWS.

Meet the Finalists of the 2024 Cohort:

Aim SecurityAIM

Aim Security’s mission is to empower security teams to allow enterprise adoption of generative AI technologies securely and safely. Aim builds the first generative AI security platform and provides protection, risk management and governance for all Large Language Model (LLM) risks.


Miggo is the world’s first Application Detection and Response platform. Uniquely integrating real-time identity-aware application tracing, proactive threat hunting, and anomaly detection at the business logic layer, Miggo reduces risk, ensures compliance, and protects even insecure production applications and APIs.

Oligo SecurityOligo

Oligo Security is on a mission to proactively protect software throughout the development lifecycle. With contextual detection of exploitable flaws in all application code, the Oligo platform helps organizations focus on risks that matter – improving transparency and trust for security and engineering teams. Let your developers focus on building features, not fixes.

Opus SecurityOpus

Opus Security brings together vulnerabilities from Cloud, Application, and other attack surfaces, consolidating organizational security postures. The platform automates prioritization, streamlines remediation, and promotes collaboration between security, engineering, and IT. With Opus, organizations benefit from an efficient cross-organizational risk reduction process that works.


Apono is a cloud privileged access management platform providing visibility and control to privileged permissions. Apono helps companies reduce over-privileges, automate manual access provisioning, and gain control of access with “Just In Time” and “Just Enough” dynamic provisioning.


Mindflow is an AI-driven automation platform designed for SecOps that empowers enterprise teams to operate at a new level of performance by intuitively automating repetitive, mundane tasks and seamlessly orchestrating all their tools.


With the market’s largest library of integrated services and revolutionary generative AI automation and onum, empowering organizations with tailored cybersecurity strategies.

Find more information on this year’s AWS & CrowdStrike Cybersecurity Accelerator and discover other accelerator program opportunities available to startups by visiting Startups.AWS.

Ilan LeifermanIlan Leiferman is the Global Head of BD Cybersecurity Startups and VCs, developing the strategy for how AWS engages and support the fastest-growing cyber startups globally. Prior to AWS, Ilan founded an innovation advisory firm, The Shelf, serving Fortune500 customers to partner-up with startups, and was a venture partner of Bright Pixel Capital and Axon Partners Fund of Funds. Ilan also co-founded a startup named Wiffinity and a digital marketing agency: Rubik DS. He has a BA in Business Management, and recently completed an INSEAD executive program on Leadership Development. He is married with two, Irish twin, boys 4 & 5.