Leadership

Srinivas Kumar - CEO and Founder

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. 

David Brigati - Executive Vice President of Sales

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.

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.

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). 

Kurt F. Buseck - Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Buseck has 30 years of experience investing into and building private companies.  Beginning in 2003 he has led investor groups into seven technology based companies, from medical device manufacturers to engineering software companies.  He has been Chairman at most of these companies and has been responsible for financial strategy and oversight of corporate strategic development.  Mr. Buseck was the founder of Full Circle Investments, a private equity firm which actively acquired small to mid-size companies between 1993 and 1998.  The portfolio of 14 companies was repositioned, expanded and sold by 2003.  Mr. Buseck had previously been the managing director of the U.S. operations of Onex Corporation, the largest private equity firm based in Canada.  He received an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College and a BA from Boston College.  He resides in Pennsylvania. 

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.