Preemptive Breach Intervention | TaaSera AWARE


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Kurt F. Buseck, Chairman and Chief Financial Officer

As TaaSera's Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Buseck brings to TaaSera over 30 years of experience investing into and building private companies. Beginning in 2003, he has led investor groups into seven technology-based companies, ranging from medical device manufacturing to information security and engineering software. At many of these companies, Buseck served as Chairman and was responsible for financial strategy and oversight of corporate strategic development.

Buseck also founded Full Circle Investments, a private equity firm that actively acquired small to mid-size companies between 1993 and 1998. The portfolio of 14 companies was repositioned, expanded and sold by 2003. He also served as managing director of the U.S. operations of Onex Corporation, the largest private equity firm based in Canada. He received an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College and a B.A. from Boston College.

C. Scott Hartz, Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Hartz is the CEO of TaaSera, the leader in Preemptive Breach Intervention. As a recognized pioneer in leading transformational business solutions for Fortune 500 global enterprises, Hartz brings more than 40 years of strategy and technology consulting to TaaSera. His career in management consulting began in 1970 with Price Waterhouse and PricewaterhouseCoopers, which served more than 50 percent of Fortune 500 enterprises worldwide, as well as numerous smaller business organizations and governmental units throughout the world.

From 1995 to 2002, while CEO of PwC Consulting, Hartz led the company’s growth to a $6 billion enterprise with a global leadership position serving multi-national companies in corporate transformation, e-business and e-markets, supply chain services, CRM, and enterprise resource planning. Since 2002, he has served as CEO of The Hartz Group, an IT and technology consulting firm. Hartz has also served on The Wharton School Graduate Board and Lehigh University Business School Advisory Board. He holds a B.S. degree in Economics from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Robert M. Mehalso, Microtec Associates

Dr. Mehalso has over 35 years of experience in managing research, engineering, manufacturing, and marketing organizations. His work has emphasized process development, commercialization and business development, particularly related to micro-, nano-, and bio-systems-based products and businesses. In addition to serving on the board of TaaSERA, the leader in real-time malware behavior detection, Mehalso is currently Executive Chairman of TeraView, Ltd. He has previously been Executive Chairman of Oxford Biosensors; Vice President of Business Development at Kionix; Vice President of Technology and Business Development and Chief Technical Officer for DT Industries; Executive Vice President and General Manager for AMTX; General Manager of Advanced Microtechnology for Xerox; and Engineering Manager at RCA Sarnoff Research Center.

Mehalso has founded several companies, including AMTX and Microtec Associates. He also co-founded Ardesta, LLC, a $100 million venture fund focused on the micro- and nano-systems industry. He has been an advisor to over 100 companies on commercialization and growth of new technologies and related product development.

Mehalso is internationally recognized for his expertise on the topic of commercialization of intellectual property. He has been a lead advisor on this subject to numerous national and regional governments as it relates to their long-term technology, and related economic development, strategies. These include the federal governments of Australia, Germany, England and Canada. He has led technology commercialization projects at Oxford University, the University of Michigan, and Louisiana Tech University.

He has served on the faculty of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Louisiana Tech University. He is an active participant in academic planning and industrial support activities at the Pennsylvania State University and has been a member of the staff at the Center for Automation Technologies at Rensselaer. Mehalso holds a B.S. in Ceramic Science from the Pennsylvania State University, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a Fellow of Pennsylvania State University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Hon. James V. Stanton, U.S. Congressman, Ret.

The Honorable James V. Stanton is a Director of MTR Gaming Inc. (NASDAQ:MNTG), operating casinos in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia with over $600 million in annual revenue each year since 1998. He serves on its Audit Committee and is Chairman of the Compliance Committee. Mr. Stanton also serves, since 1990, as a Director of Try It Distributing Co., a private New York beverage distribution corporation that owns two Budweiser distributorships. Mr. Stanton has been Principal in the law and lobbying firm, Stanton & Associates, in Washington, D.C. from 1990 to present.

From 2000-2005, Mr. Stanton served on the Board of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta which had over $85 billion in assets under management.

From 1981 to 1991, he was Executive Vice President of Delaware North Inc, a private New York company with over $1 billion in sales managing food and beverage operations in multiple countries, and serving over 100 airports, sports stadiums, racing and gaming facilities. He also oversaw Delaware North's interests as owner of the Boston Garden and the Boston Bruins hockey team.

From 1971-1977, Congressman Stanton served in the United States House of Representatives representing the district surrounding Cleveland. While in Congress, Mr. Stanton served on the Select Committee on Intelligence, as well as the Government Operations and Transportation Committees.

Prior to Congress, he served as a Cleveland City Council Member and its President from 1960 to 1970. Mr. Stanton also served in the U.S. Air Force as a Technical Sergeant in the nuclear program based in Los Alamos, N.M.

He is a past member on the Catholic University Board of Regents in Washington, D.C. He Graduated from the University of Dayton and Cleveland State Law School.

Advisory Board

The Honorable Thomas J. Ridge, Ridge Global

Mr. Ridge is the president and CEO of Ridge Global where he leads a team of international experts that help businesses and governments address a range of needs throughout their organizations, including risk management, global trade security, emergency preparedness and response, strategic growth, infrastructure protection, technology integration, crisis management and other issues that encompass a diverse portfolio.

Following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, Ridge became the first Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and, on January 24, 2003, became the first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). During his tenure, Secretary Ridge worked with more than 180,000-plus employees from a combined 22 agencies to create an agency that facilitated the flow of people and goods, instituted layered security at air, land and seaports, developed a unified national response and recovery plan, protected critical infrastructure, integrated new technology and improved information sharing worldwide. Ridge served as Secretary of this historic and critical endeavor until February 1, 2005.

Prior to DHS, Ridge was twice elected Governor of Pennsylvania. He served as the state’s 43rd governor from 1995 to 2001. Governor Ridge's aggressive technology strategy helped fuel the state's advances in economic development, education, health care and the environment.
Born August 26, 1945, in Pittsburgh's Steel Valley, Ridge was raised in a working-class family in veterans' public housing in Erie. He earned a scholarship to Harvard, graduating with honors in 1967.

After his first year at Penn State University's Dickinson School of Law, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served as an infantry staff sergeant in Vietnam, earning the Bronze Star for Valor, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. After returning to Pennsylvania and to Dickinson, he earned his law degree and was in private practice before becoming assistant district attorney in Erie County. He was elected to Congress in 1982. He was one of the first Vietnam combat veterans elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and was overwhelmingly re-elected by Pennsylvania voters five times.

Additionally, Ridge serves on the boards of the Institute for Defense Analyses, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress and other private and public entities, and since 2005, has served as chairman of the National Organization on Disability. He also serves as national co-chairman of the Flight 93 Memorial Fundraising Campaign.

Throughout his public and private sector career, Ridge has received numerous honors, including the Woodrow Wilson Award, the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Dwight D. Eisenhower Award, the John F. Kennedy National Award, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the American Bar Association’s John Marshall Award, the National Guard’s Harry S. Truman Award, the Pennsylvania Wildlife Federation’s Conservationist of the Year Award, U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce’s Good Neighbor Award, the American Cancer Society’s prestigious National Medal of Honor, the Mister Rogers Award, the Champion of Public Television Award, the Intrepid Freedom Award and the Esperanza Leadership Award. Ridge has also been awarded honorary degrees and awards from many national and international academic institutions.

Phillip Porras, SRI International

Mr. Porras is a Program Director and leader of the Internet Security Group in the Computer Science Laboratory at SRI International, where he directs a team of established leaders in live Internet malware binary harvesting, malware binary static and dynamic analyses, and network-based malware infection analysis. His group has strong alliances with the “white hat” community, and maintains ongoing collaborations with the top INFOSEC researchers in academia and the private sector.

Porras has served as a Principal Investigator for many research projects sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, National Science Foundation, National Security Agency, commercial customers, and others. In addition, he has led multi-organizational, large-scale projects with mixed academic and commercial collaborators, led many advanced research projects, and have been highly produced in acquiring government, military, and commercial projects involving cyber security R&D.

Porras is an active researcher, publishing and conducting technology development in intrusion detection, alarm correlation, malware analysis, active networks, and wireless security. Previously, he held a management position at the Trusted Computer Systems Department of the Aerospace Corporation, where he was a trusted product evaluator for NSA. He has also participated in numerous program committees, and editorial boards, and on multiple commercial company technical advisory boards. Currently, Porras holds 12 U.S. patents, and has been awarded Best Paper honors in 1995, 1999, and 2008.

Cathy Neuman, Golden Seeds Capital

Cathy Neuman began her consulting career at Price Waterhouse where she was later admitted as a Partner. She went on to lead large Systems Integration projects, and later led the firm's E-Business initiative and the Vendor Alliance program at Price Waterhouse and PricewaterhouseCoopers before moving to IBM in 2002. For IBM's Global Consulting Services (GBS), Cathy worked with key third parties, emerging businesses and acquisitions and eventually joined the Americas Deal Team, where she developed and closed large projects and programs for GBS' most strategic clients. Neuman also serves on the Advisory Board of Systems Alliance International, and is a Managing Director of Golden Seeds, a venture capital firm focused on enabling and scaling women owned businesses. She is Vice President of the Maryland chapter of the Alzheimer's Foundation.

Howard Johnson Jr., TSCM Security Services

Mr. Howard "Hojo" Johnson, Jr. is President & CEO of Maryland-based TSCM Security Services, a leading provider of security solutions for critical information assets and intellectual property that specializes in comprehensive Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM). A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Johnson has a strong 25-year history in the U.S. Intelligence, law enforcement, military, and national security communities.

Stu Blanchard, President, Old Town Cattle Company

Stu is President of Old Town Cattle Company, LLC, a national security consultancy. He is a 27-year veteran of CIA, where he served primarily as a Technical Operations Officer. His Agency career culminated with an appointment as the CIA and DNI Representative to the United States Special Operations Command. Prior to that he was CIA's Directorate of Science and Technology Representative to the Joint Special Operations Command. Before joining CIA, he served with the US Army as a Special Forces Medical Specialist, and as an operational member of 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment - Delta. Stu has served successfully in more than 50 countries and is a recipient of the Intelligence Star.

Radha Radhakrishnan, Former Boeing Executive

Radha Radhakrishnan is currently on the Board of Digital Intelligence Systems Corporation (DISYS), a privately held IT Solutions and Staffing Company based in Washington D.C. Prior to retiring from The Boeing Company after almost 25 years of service, Radha served as the Vice President of IT Operations in Boeing Information Technology Group. In this capacity, Radha was responsible for developing & deploying industry best practices across Boeing IT. In addition, Radhakrishnan was responsible for managing Enterprise Help Desk, Database Management and Business intelligence Systems and technology. He was also responsible for developing and implementing systems and process for IT leadership development.

Prior to that, Radha held many management roles within the Boeing Information Technology group including VP of Computing & Network Operations and VP of Systems Engineering, Integration & Architecture. Preceding that, Radha held the position of Director of Information Technology for Boeing’s Launch & Satellite System business unit formerly known as Hughes Space and Communications Company (HSC). Radha was also the VP & CIO for HSC from 1998 to 2000.

Radhakrishnan won the Enterprise Value Award from CIO magazine in 1995 for spearheading the design and development of a state-of-the-art electronic document storage retrieval system, which was the standard for NASA's space shuttle program. He is a member of the Southern California chapter of the Society of Information Management. He has published papers on consolidated financial reporting.

Sue Kozik, Former CIO

Sue has more than 25 years of information technology experience in insurance, financial services and energy industries, with 15+ years spent as a CIO. She is currently on the Tech Impact Board of Directors and the Bates College Board of Trustees. Most recently, Sue acted as the Senior Vice President & Chief Information Office at Independence Blue Cross where she lead the transformation of the IT department & prepared the company for Healthcare Transformation and the Affordable Care Act.

Prior to that, Sue held IT leadership roles in companies such as Direct Energy Business, OGE & TIAA-CREF, Lucent Technologies, Penn Mutual and CIGNA. Sue was honored as the “Top IT Pro” by Philadelphia Business Journal in 2013 and Advocated of the Year” in 2012 by the Women’s Business Enterprise Council.