Hakin9.org has defined Yoroi ‘one of the most extraordinary companies founded in Europe’. Yoroi, part of MAM SpA, the Italian group specialised in digital transformation, is a company like no other.
Cyber security is the new human need of the digital era. Throughout human history, security has always been about the threat to, and defence of, resources: food, shelter, money, lives, or a database storing customer credit card numbers. The instinct to defend inherited from our ancestors exists no matter if dealing with the real world or the digital world. In 1859, Charles Darwin published "The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection", suggesting that survival depends on the ability to change as environmental conditions change, we'd like add to the equation the ability to defend which is the main reason why Yoroi exists. Yoroi, from the ancient Japanese, used to be the special light and flexible armour that Samurai were wearing to protect themselves. Like that armour, which was an invaluable defence tool, we monitor and protect our clients' cyber space. Our Threat Intelligence and Defence Center are worldwide recognised as best in class. In Yoroi we study and learn the behaviour of cybercriminals, watch the development of their strategies to try and take our clients' resources and design defending strategies and tools. Just as cybercrime has adapted and worked out new strategies to become even more effective in disrupting our clients' business processes, procedures, chains and resources, we also constantly adapt the response to their threat, never forgetting that: Defence belongs to humans.
In Yoroi we come from different backgrounds and experiences, diversity is our strength. However, we have loads in common, we share the same values and the desire to defend the cyber space the best we can. This is our credo, summarising our beliefs, strategies and motivation in approaching our mission.
David Bevilacqua is, since February 2016, Partner of the MAM Group and Chairman of Yoroi. David joined Cisco, where he successfully held numerous international roles, in 1996. In 2008 he became Vice President. From 2009 to 2012, he was Managing Director of the Italian branch of the company. In the two years before the appointment of CEO of Cisco Italy, he held the position of Managing Director for the Enterprise Market customer segment in the European markets and also led ad interim the Public Sector European team. Prior to this, he was General Manager for the South-East Europe area. From September 2012 to January 2016 he has been Vice President of Southern Europe of Cisco Systems that includes France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Israel. Before joining Cisco, David worked at Sun Microsystems for 5 years. David has completed an executive MBA at Stanford University Graduate School of Business, he’s a member of the board and Vice President of Stanford Club Italia. He is also a member of the board of Action Aid Italia and President of Donation Bay, a not-for-profit organisation born to sustain solidarity and volunteering activities toward different charity companies and to promote the Digital Culture. In the past David has been member of the board and Vice President of American Chamber of Commerce in Italy; member of the board and President of Assolombarda for the Monza and Brianza area; Vice President of Assinform; member of the board of Confindustria Digitale and member of the board of Fondazione Triennale di Milano. In November 2011, he received the ‘Premio Eccellenza’ prize, awarded every two years by the management association Manager Italia, CFMT and Confcommercio to top executives, companies and professionals for their contribution to economic and commercial development.
Marco Ramilli, CTO and co-founder of Yoroi, is a computer scientist researcher with an intensive hacking background. With a PhD in Computer Science Security from the University of Bologna, Marco has been working with US Government (National Institute of Standards and Technology, Security Division) and collaborating closely with the University of California, Davis (Security Labs) on new security paradigms, penetration testing methodologies and electronic voting systems' security and Malware. Marco has experience on electronic voting system security. He tested some of most popular electronic voting systems in commerce. He has been assigned to test uVote voting system from the Italian Minister of homeland security. During 2009 he has been working at NIST, Maryland. His project was to improve the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG) standard, focussing on the Open Ended Vulnerability Testing chapter (OEVT). He has also been working for "Procura della Repubblica Italiana" for Tribunale di Bologna as computer science forensic consultant. He collaborates with different national and international public and private agencies. Marco decided to co-founding Yoroi believing in a human centric cyber defence approach which took him to build Yoroi Cyber Security Defence Center.
In Yoroi since April 2015 Marco is a partner, co-founder and holds the position of Commercial Director. Security is a return to the origins for him because it has always been his passion and ideal environment. Testi comes from Cisco Systems where he spent the previous eleven years holding various positions: from being responsible of the start up of the consumer division, Linksys, to the BizMall project within the Solution Led Group; from the business solution sales video and telepresence following the acquisition of Tandberg to collaboration, as a natural evolution and, finally, security as Partner Account Manager for the national GSSO group. Now fiftyfive, he has a long experience in the IT world having covered prestigious positions. In Eracom Technologies (Encryption and PKI) he has worked as Managing Director and CEO with the aim of taking care of the start up of the Italian subsidiary. He was previously responsible for the start up activities of numerous companies including InfoVista (area SLA Management), Network Associates / McAfee which he founded the Italian branch of, serving initially as Country Manager for Italy and later as Regional Manager for Italy, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus and Malta. Completes his resume a significant experience in SunSoft (Sun Microsystems Software Division), Ashton-Tate/Borland and Altos Computer Systems.
Building MAM ecosystem through company evaluation, acquisition and business model development. I'm following all the M&A processes both from legal aspects (LOI, NBO/BO, Purchase Agreement) and financial aspects related to company valuation and financial structure. I'm implementing management control, budgetting and reportings in both MAM startups and acquired companies. I'm overseeing accounting cycles to properly manage DSOs and DPOs, allowing an accurate financial forecasting related to Capex and Working Capital.
Daniele Bellavista has a strong independent, creative and innovative spirit. His work as a developer within Yoroi provides him constantly with complex problems to analyse and solve, and Daniele responds with effective good solutions. He gives his best when let free to experiment and test his ideas and when working in team. In terms of cyber security, the experience gained within Yoroi and the CeSeNA Security group in the fields of malware analysis, penetration testing and web security, allows him to always put at the forefront the security of systems and applications.
Lorenzo approached cyber security when he started to study Computer Engineering. Initially he nurtured his passion focusing on Reverse Engineering and taking part to the online community Cracking Italian University, he then joined the reborn CeSeNA Security group, where he progressed focusing on web technologies and taking part in several international Capture-the-flag hacking competition. Lorenzo's curiosity and desire to discover always push him to find new challenges that will unleash his passion for digging deep and taking care of every single details.
Luca is one of the first Yoroi cyber warriors, his passion for ethical hacking, malware and cyber security dates back to university, where he used to coordinate the security group called CeSeNA Security taking part to many international cyber security simulations as well as projects and professional consultations in the field of IT security. A technology, data science and martial arts lover, Luca shares the values of Yoroi and believes in the essential need for passion, motivation and attention towards the cyber security world to address the present and future digitisation challenges.
Marco is incredibly passionate about technology and cyber security. As a child his curiosity has always pushed him to study and understand how things work (sometimes to the point of breaking his favorite toys); this curiosity grew exponentially when he met his first PC in 1994. During the first years of university he fell in love with cyber security thanks to the group CeSeNA Security, where he experienced the same feelings of when he was a child, trying to understand how the malware worked by applying reverse engineering techniques and studying subjects like Web Security and Network Forensics. In these years with the group he took part to various international competitions. Like everybody in Yoroi he firmly believes that the analytical skills and values of a human being are the only true defense weapons from advanced cyber attacks, and that technologies are only the means by which an analyst accomplishes his mission. When not in front of a keyboard, you could find him in the pub to sip a ‘stout’ while watching a football match.
Andrea is always eager to learn new things and have a mind which draws satisfaction from solving problems, preferably in a smart way. Always fascinated by cyber security, he has developed expertise in the field of penetration testing. He sees security as a cross-cutting concept, not only related to technology but also to processes and people. This idea has also developed an interest towards social engineering. After three years in finance related IT, during which he learnt to know and handle the needs of major organizations, Andrea landed in Yoroi where he uses his skills and abilities to identify and mitigate attacks.
The passion for information technology accompanied Edoardo since the first years of high school and has been reinforced by university and the discovery of the Linux world, that struck him for its philosophy and the possibility to be deeply studied. Thanks to the CeSeNA Security group, his interest for cyber security and ethical hacking exploded by providing a background of knowledge that now allows him to analyse the IT world with particular attention to security. Edoardo likes to be up to date about the FOSS world and security and has developed a mind open and curious, but at the same time rational and ready to efficiently solve the problems he is presented with. He dedicates his spare time to rugby, a sport that taught him determination, discipline and sacrifice, placing the support of the team at the centre.
Giacomo has been passionate about computer science since he was a child. This new world has given him the desire to experiment more and more curious and different things. He got to know cyber security at university, developing a strong interest for penetration testing, that only a few years ago seemed science fiction in the eyes of the layman. He feels honoured to be part of the Yoroi team, a very dynamic and challenging environment, where in addition to amazing skills, knowledge and technology, the human factor plays such a key role bringing everything together. With the same desire and willingness to learn, he dedicates his spare time to play guitar, an activity that pushes him to continual improvement in the quest for the perfect sound.
Riccardo's passion about information technologies dates back to 1987 when he got his fingers on his first computer: a Commodore 64. That rising passion lead him to further deepen Riccardo interests for computers and legal informatics and cybercrime with a particular focus on computer forensics and cyber security topics. Later he had the opportunity to use his studies by working for consulting firms and higher education institutions. Riccardo has joined Yoroi because of our innovative approach towards issues of cybersecurity from a human and technical perspective. When not in front of a monitor you could find him eating sushi somewhere or hanging on a wall, obviously if he is not flying a drone in the sky.
Alessandro has always been passionate about technology, especially computer science. He is constantly curious to figure out how things work and to find the way to improve them. Alessandro has discovered his interest in IT security during his master's degree in computer science and engineering at University of Bologna. In an increasingly interconnected world, he believes everyone should take care of their cyber security. Long-time bass player, he devotes part of his spare time to music. He joined the wonderful Yoroi team in 2017 as a cyber security analyst at the cyber security defence center.
Andrea has been passionate about Computer Science since the beginning of high school. After taking the path of physics and astronomy for a few years, he decided to go back on his footsteps with computer science, in particular cyber security. Dusting old passions, Andrea has joined the CeSeNA Security team where he explored the world of no-hat hackers, increasing his desire to go into the depths of issues and seeking unusual but effective ways to solve them. He also find a lot of entusiasm during Capture The Flag competitions, where he participate with teammates from CeSeNA Security group. He dedicates his free time to enhance his knowledge and the training of martial arts, in particular Shaolin Kung-Fu, that has given him discipline, perseverance and dedication.