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 8 patents issued around technology for mapping network and endpoint behaviors to threat DNA. 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.



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.

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.


Board of Directors

C. Scott Hartz - Chairman

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.

Kurt F. Buseck - Board Member

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. 

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.

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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