Company

TaaSera Award - CRN Emerging Vendors 2015TaaSera Award - Network Products Guide 2015TaaSera is the leader in Preemptive Breach Detection Systems (BDS) for enterprise cybersecurity. With 9 out of 10 corporate environments already compromised by exploited vulnerabilities and malware, TaaSera provides solutions to detect and preempt pending data breaches before data is damaged, lost or stolen.

TaaSera's solutions work inside perimeter defenses – where the greatest damage from breaches actually occur – to provide the last line of defense against staging, reconnaissance, propagation, data acquisition, exfiltration, insider threats and much more. 

Based on cybersecurity research by SRI International (Stanford Research Institute), TaaSera’s unique platform is protected by 9 patents around technology for mapping network and endpoint behaviors to threat DNA (6 awarded, 3 pending). The TaaSera team is comprised of security architects and subject matter experts with decades of experience in firewalls, intrusion detection, security event management, malware analysis, and endpoint security.

Leadership

C. Scott Hartz - Chief Executive Officer and Director

Mr. Hartz is recognized as a pioneer in leading transformational business solutions for Fortune 500 global enterprises. His career in management consulting and systems integration at Price Waterhouse and PricewaterhouseCoopers brings experience with managing an enterprise serving more than half of the companies in the Fortune 500 as well as numerous smaller business organizations and governmental units throughout the world.  From 1995 to 2002, while Global CEO of PwC Consulting, Hartz led the company’s growth to a $6.0 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.  He serves on the Boards of the Erie Insurance Group, Satmetrix, and Alien Technology.  Hartz also served on The Wharton School Graduate Board and Lehigh University Business School Advisory Board and on the Board of Directors of Siebel Systems until its acquisition by Oracle in 2006.

He holds a B.S. degree in Economics from Lehigh University and an MBA degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  He resides in Pennsylvania.

Srinivas Kumar - Chief Technology Officer, Vice President 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. 

Kurt F. Buseck - Chairman and 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. 

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 lead 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). 

Michael Burger - Vice President, Commercial Sales

Mr. Burger has over 25 years of proven, successful sales leadership.  He was previously Vice President Sales at Kony Solutions, where he oversaw increase in revenues from $10 million when he joined the company to over $100 million when he left Kony to join TaaSera.  He was previously at Sterling Commerce, overseeing sales growth of over 150% during his three-year tenure.

Mr. Burger has also been at Aprimo, Siebel Systems (where he was among the highest performing sales managers), McHugh Software and Computer Associates. 

Mr. Burger resides in Pennsylvania.  He received a B.A. from Point Park College. 

Marion Shields - Vice President, Public Sector Sales

Based in TaaSera's DC office, Marion is responsible for aggressively driving all sales activities at TaaSera including direct sales as well as new business development through partner channels. She has a track record of success in both large IT companies including EMC, and Sun Microsystems as well as small IT companies including Xiotech Corporation, Sequent Systems, and Sterling Commerce. She brings to TaaSera over 30 years of experience in sales, sales management, business development and business leadership in both the Commercial and Government sectors.

Most of Ms. Shields’ Federal sales career has been focused on the US Intelligence Community, where she has established and maintains strong relationships. Prior to joining TaaSera, Ms. Shields led a Special Programs team at EMC that set new sales records at a major IC Agency.

Ms. Shields received a BA in Mathematics from Trinity College.

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. 

Board

Board of Directors

Kurt F. Buseck - Chairman and 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. 

C. Scott Hartz - Chief Executive Officer and Director

Mr. Hartz is recognized as a pioneer in leading transformational business solutions for Fortune 500 global enterprises. His career in management consulting and systems integration at Price Waterhouse and PricewaterhouseCoopers brings experience with managing an enterprise serving more than half of the companies in the Fortune 500 as well as numerous smaller business organizations and governmental units throughout the world.  From 1995 to 2002, while Global CEO of PwC Consulting, Hartz led the company’s growth to a $6.0 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.  He serves on the Boards of the Erie Insurance Group, Satmetrix, and Alien Technology.  Hartz also served on The Wharton School Graduate Board and Lehigh University Business School Advisory Board and on the Board of Directors of Siebel Systems until its acquisition by Oracle in 2006.

He holds a B.S. degree in Economics from Lehigh University and an MBA degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  He resides in 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.

Srinivas Kumar - Chief Technology Officer, Vice President 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. 

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

Since 1988, Mr. Stanton has owned the law and lobbying firm, Stanton & Associates, in Washington, D.C. He has served as a Director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, Mountaineer Gaming, and Try It Distributing Co. From 1971 to 1978, Mr. Stanton represented the 20th Congressional District of Ohio in the United States House of Representatives. While in Congress Mr. Stanton served on the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Government Operations Committee, and the Public Works and Transportation Committee.

Mr. Stanton has held a wide variety of public service positions, including service as the youngest City Council President in the history of Cleveland, Ohio (1963-1970) and membership on the Board of Regents of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Stanton is also a former Senior Executive Vice President of Delaware North Companies, Inc. (1980-1990), a privately held international hospitality management company which, during Mr. Stanton's tenure, had annual sales of over $1 billion. From 1985 to 1994, Mr. Stanton was a principal and co-founder of Western Entertainment Corporation, one of the first Native American gaming operations in the United States, which grew to $100 million in revenue prior to Mr. Stanton selling his interest.

Howard Schmidt - SAFECode

Howard serves as a partner in the strategic advisory firm, Ridge-Schmidt Cyber, an executive services firm that helps leaders in business and government navigate the increasing demands of cybersecurity. He serves in this position with Tom Ridge, the first secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He also serves as executive director of The Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code (SAFECode).

Howard A. Schmidt brings together talents in business, defense, intelligence, law enforcement, privacy, academia and international relations, gained from a distinguished career spanning 40 years.

He served as Special Assistant to the President and the Cybersecurity Coordinator for the federal government. In this role Mr. Schmidt was responsible for coordinating interagency cybersecurity policy development and implementation and for coordinating engagement with federal, state, local, international, and private sector cybersecurity partners.

Previously, Mr. Schmidt was the President and CEO of the Information Security Forum (ISF). Before ISF, he served as Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Security Strategist for eBay Inc., and formerly operated as the Chief Security Officer for Microsoft Corp. He also served as Chief Security Strategist for the US-CERT Partners Program for the Department of Homeland Security.

Mr. Schmidt also brings to bear over 26 years of military service. Beginning active duty with the Air Force, he later joined the Arizona Air National Guard. With the AF he served in a number of military and civilian roles culminating as Supervisory Special Agent with the Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI). He finished his last 12 years as an Army Reserve Special Agent with Criminal Investigation Division’s (CID) Computer Crime Unit, all while serving over a decade as police officer with the Chandler Police Department.

Mr. Schmidt holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (BSBA) and a master’s degree in organizational management (MAOM) from the University of Phoenix. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate degree in Humane Letters. Howard was an Adjunct Professor at GA Tech, GTISC, Professor of Research at Idaho State University and Adjunct Distinguished Fellow with Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab and a Distinguished Fellow of the Ponemon Privacy Institute.

Howard is a Ham Radio operator (W7HAS), a private pilot, outdoorsman and an avid Harley-Davidson rider. He is married to Raemarie J. Schmidt, a forensic scientist and researcher and instructor in the field of computer forensics. Together, they are proud parents, and happy grandparents.

Sue Kozik - EVP & CIO, Group Health Cooperative

Sue has more than 25 years of information technology experience in healthcare, insurance, financial services and the energy industries, with 15+ years spent as a CIO. Sue is currently the EVP and CIO for Group Health Cooperative, a nonprofit integrated health care system based in Seattle, WA. She also serves on the Tech Impact Board of Directors and the Bates College Board of Trustees.

Prior to Group Health, Sue was 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. Sue has also held Senior IT leadership roles at companies such as Direct Energy, OGE, TIAA-CREF, Lucent Technologies, Penn Mutual and CIGNA. Sue was honored as the “Top IT Pro” by Philadelphia Business Journal in 2013 and “Advocate of the Year” in 2012 by the Women’s Business Enterprise Council. She received a B.A. from Bates College.

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TaaSera is building the world's leading cyber security company for preemptive breach detection, allowing enterprise security to respond more quickly to coordinated attacks and infections before data is lost or stolen.

The TaaSera team dedicates itself to innovation in the security space. Our corporate culture promotes an agile, fast-paced environment that thrives on an "all hands on deck" meritocracy.

The name "TaaSera" means Trust as a Service; trust and credibility are central to our team and business. We value our people and understand they are our most essential asset. We embrace ideas from each and every team member, regardless of role or title. 

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