Leadership

David Brigati - Chief Executive Officer

David Brigati brings 25 years of expertise in selling IT security solutions to the Federal government and most recently oversaw Federal sales of Intel Security’s McAfee SIEM solution. Dave arrived at Intel Security (formerly McAfee) with the acquisition of NitroSecurity in November 2011 where he served as Vice President of Federal civilian sales and successfully established their NitroView SIEM as a market leader.

A graduate of University of Notre Dame, Brigati spent his early years as a regional sales executive at Cisco Systems in their National Federal Area helping Cisco become a “defacto standard” at the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Commerce, Energy, the VA and Agriculture.

Dave is based out of TaaSera’s office in McLean, VA.

Srinivas Kumar - Founder and CTO

Mr. Kumar has over 23 years of Engineering and Management experience in computer networking and information security. Most recently, he was the founder of Taasware, which was acquired by TaaSera.  During his time at Taasware he was retained as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at SRI International in the field of trustworthy data centers. Prior to that, Mr. Kumar was the Solutions Architect in the Networking & Security business unit at VMware, where he was responsible for identity aware firewalls. He was previously the VP of Engineering and Principal Architect at Applied Identity, until it was acquired by Citrix.  Earlier in his career Mr. Kumar served in senior project and architect roles at Nortel, Lucent and TranSwitch.  Prior to joining TaaSera, he authored 9 patents in the user and application identity space and has since authored 6 issued patents with TaaSera, with 3 additional patents pending. He has led engineering efforts to certify products for Common Criteria, FIPS, US DoD and NATO MIL-STD standards. Mr. Kumar has a BE in Electrical Engineering from Bombay University, and an MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Clemson University.  He resides in California. 

Ivan H. Shefrin - Vice President, Security Solutions

Ivan Shefrin has over 25 years of experience in network, systems and security management. He was a co-founder and president of Network Performance Systems, Inc., where he led the company to an industry leadership position by capturing 50 percent of the market for IBM network routing design software. Previously, Shefrin co-founded venture capital-backed Response Networks, where he built partnerships with Cisco Systems and KPMG Consulting. After merging with Open Service in 2002 to provide IT security event management, the company operates today as LogMatrix.

Mr. Shefrin previously worked as an international trade negotiator for the U.S. Government, helping open foreign markets to U.S. telecommunications and networking companies. He began his career at IBM Corporation's Cambridge Scientific Research Center, and as an analyst for Knowledge Industry Publications in New York. Mr. Shefrin received a Master of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his baccalaureate from Tufts University.

Vinod Chathoth - Vice President, Engineering Services

Vinod Chathoth has over 25 years of experience in Product Engineering and Management roles in Networking, Security, Virtualization and Cloud technologies. Most recently, at VMware, he led the Interoperability Engineering efforts for NSX, vCNS (vCloud Networking and Security) and vShield Suites of Network Virtualization and security products. Previously, he was the Senior Director of Quality Engineering & Professional Services at Applied Identity (acquired by Citrix) in the areas of Identity Aware Firewalls and Network Access Control. Prior to that, he served in various senior engineering roles at Vernier Networks, Cisco Systems and Tandem Computers.

Mr. Chathoth received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from University of Calicut (India) and resides in California.

John Cummings - SVP Sales

Mr. Cummings leads the TaaSera sales team including both direct and channel initiatives. He brings 25 years experience in security and network management, including senior roles at Intel Security/McAfee, Arista Networks, NitroSecurity and Cisco Systems.

Mr. Cummings leads the TaaSera sales team including both direct and channel initiatives. He brings TaaSera over 25 years of experience working with commercial and public sector security and network management customers worldwide. His broad experience has provided an excellent knowledge base at all levels for greater customer sales, service and support. Mr. Cummings helped Intel Security/McAfee, Cisco, Tandberg and Nitrosecurity to exponential revenue growth and strategic company goals.

While at Cisco he closed large DOD agency wide deals of $10M+. At Tandberg closed major program business with the US Navy NMCI program, which is still in existence totaling more than $20M+ in life cycle sales. Mr. Cummings managed major DoD, Civilian and IC customers in the sales and marketing of Enterprise Security products. He established The Federal team and certifications to attack Federal market space. Built the Public Sector, LTAM and EMEA sales teams from $0-$20M+ in run rate business and to the successful M&A transaction with McAfee/Intel. He is forward thinker and leads by example for optimized results. Cummings is graduate of Saint Francis University in Business Management and Computer Science and has technology certifications in Cisco, Novell and Microsoft.

Nitin Akarte - Vice President, International

Mr. Akarte spent the majority of his career at Cisco Systems, which he joined in 1996.  Prior to joining TaaSera, he was Director of Engineering – Security Access and Mobility Products at Cisco. He brings more than 19 years of experience in enterprise networking, security (Application & Network), and Mobility & Access (including BYOD, MDM/MAM, Secure Access, and Identity/Policy). He was previously Senior Software Manager at Cisco’s Security Management Product Group where he led engineering efforts to certify routers, switches and network management software.

Prior to joining Cisco he was Software Manager at Make Systems, where he led the engineering efforts for NetMaker, a network design system which is widely used to simulate, design, optimize and perform network disaster recovery.

Mr. Akarte resides in California.  He received a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nevada, a Master of Science in Computer Engineer from the University of Nevada, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Amravati (India). 

Richard Stanton, Esq. - Vice President and General Counsel

Richard Stanton has over 25 years of law, business and government affairs experience gained from both private practice  and while serving in the federal executive, legislative and judicial branches of government. Mr. Stanton has served as Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Independent Counsel; as Special Counsel to the Attorney General of Ohio; in the U.S. House of Representatives Office of General Counsel; and as Investigations Counsel on two Congressional Committees. He is a former partner at Nixon Peabody LLP and a Senior Policy Advisor at Dentons LLP both in Washington, D.C.  Rich served as Counsel and Director of Government Affairs to the Governor of Puerto Rico and as a Federal Court Law Clerk to Chief Judge Thomas D. Lambros in the Northern District of Ohio in Cleveland.  He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Boston College. Rich and his family reside in Potomac, Maryland.

Carl Anderson - Vice President, Finance

Mr. Anderson has over 30 years of experience in financial management and accounting and controls oversight.  He was most recently Director of Finance at Reed Manufacturing Company, where he restructured financial and management reporting systems.  He was previously Chief Financial Officer at Smith Packett, LLC, a real-estate development firm.  Additionally, he managed their private equity funds which had over $200 million in assets.  Mr. Anderson oversaw lending relationships with over $100 million in facilities.  He was previously Vice President of Finance at High Pressure Equipment Company, which grew during his tenure from under $2 million to over $20 million in revenue.  He has also been Controller at a $20 million construction company and Senior Accountant and Cost Accountant at several other enterprises.

Mr. Anderson resides in Pennsylvania and is a Certified Public Accountant.  He received an MBA from the Pennsylvania State University and BS in Accounting from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  He is an Adjunct Professor of Accounting in the graduate program at Mercyhurst University.