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Who We Are

Our Mission

 The disruptive power, scalability, and low entry costs of software applications changed business forever. Yet, as businesses have prioritized speed and performance, the ability to effectively protect these applications has not kept pace. That’s where Virsec comes in.

We believe it's time to reimagine security and start protection from the inside, where it matters most. We have pioneered unique technology to protect the entire server workload – from top-to-bottom and end-to-end – on any platform. We provide comprehensive security across all layers, including web, memory, process, and hosts, from development through operations.

Our security platform instantly identifies any deviation or exploit in application performance during execution and immediately protects against it. Our unique technology defends against the widest range of attacks, both known and unknown, with no prior knowledge required. By protecting the entire server workload – we secure all your critical business applications – from legacy to COTS to custom.

Our Team

Virsec is led by experts from various disciplines, including network security, semi-conductors, embedded systems, and real-time memory systems. We are passionate about what we do, and believe our technology will make the world a safer and better place. We have decades of experience delivering innovative technology and leadership at companies including AMD, Cisco, Palo Alto Networks, Juniper, Dell, NextGen, BMC Software, Websense, as well a long list of high-growth and successful start-up organizations.

Leadership

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Dave Furneaux
CEO

Dave Furneaux has been a driving force behind Virsec since its inception, as an investor and active board member, becoming CEO in 2020. He has spent his 30-year career as an entrepreneur and venture investor

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Dave Furneaux has been a driving force behind Virsec since its inception, as an investor and active board member, becoming CEO in 2020. He has spent his 30-year career as an entrepreneur and venture investor, forming, building and investing in numerous high growth companies in information technology, including successful cybersecurity companies, Watchfire (acquired by IBM), Skystone (acquired by Cisco), Application Security (acquired by Symantec) and Aironet (acquired by Cisco).

As an early stage investor in Virsec, Dave has played a critical role guiding its strategy and growth. Earlier in his career, Dave founded and led Kodiak Venture Partners, which went on to invest in and build successful companies, such as Appnexus (acquired by AT&T), Channel Advisor (NYSE: ECOM) and WHERE (acquired by Paypal).  More recently, Dave founded BlueIO, an innovative, mission-driven investment holding company. Under BlueIO, Dave participated in the formation and building process as a co-founder and investor in a core group of companies, such as Blaze (acquired by Akamai), Lufa Farms, a 400+ employee leading agricultural technology company, and Cybersaint, a leading Cyber Risk Management company.

Dave holds a BA with Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude honors from Colorado College.

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Atiq Raza
Executive Chairman

Atiq Raza is the Executive Chairman of Virsec Systems, Inc. Mr. Raza is an industry veteran and has been working in engineering leadership and senior management positions for the past thirty-two years….

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Atiq Raza is the Executive Chairman of Virsec Systems, Inc. Mr. Raza is an industry veteran and has been working in engineering leadership and senior management positions for the past thirty-two years. He was the founder, Chairman and CEO of RMI which was acquired by NetLogic which in turn was acquired by Broadcom on the strength of the RMI processor. Earlier, he was Chairman and CEO of NexGen, the first company to challenge Intel in microprocessors. NexGen became a public company and subsequently was acquired by AMD. Atiq became the President and COO of AMD and served on its Board of Directors.

Atiq holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Punjab University, a BS with Honors degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of London, and a MS degree in Materials Science & Engineering from Stanford University.

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Satya Gupta
Co-Founder, CTO

Satya Gupta is Virsec’s visionary and has over 25 years of expertise in embedded systems, network security and systems architecture. Prior to focusing Virsec to a product orientation, Satya built…

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Satya Gupta is Virsec’s visionary founder, with over 25 years of expertise in embedded systems, network security and systems architecture. Satya has helped build and guide the company through key growth phases from initial funding (2015), developing core technology with key partners including Raytheon and Lockheed (2016-2018), to launching an enterprise class, GA product (2019). Prior to this, Satya built a highly profitable software design and consulting business targeting data networking, application security and industrial automation projects. He was also Director of Firmware Engineering at Narad Networks and Managing Director and Chief Engineer at Eastern Telecom and Tech Ltd.

Satya has more than 20 patents in complex firmware architecture with products deployed to hundreds of thousands of users. He holds a BS degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur and additional degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

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Ray DeMeo
Co-Founder and SVP, Public Sector Business

Ray DeMeo is Co-Founder and SVP for Public Sector Business at Virsec. With more than twenty years of operations and global business development experience, Ray has held key roles in the successful growth and transition…

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Ray DeMeo is Co-Founder and SVP for Public Sector Business at Virsec. With more than twenty years of operations and global business development experience, Ray has held key roles in the successful growth and transition of multiple tech. startups, including Giganet, acquired by Emulex and EqualLogic, acquired by Dell. He has led teams in roles of responsibility ranging from operations management to global sales and CEO.

Ray holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering and minor in Computer Science from Norwich University, and a MS degree in Business Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Tamir Porkorny, CFO

Tamir Pokorny is a seasoned finance executive with 10 years of finance leadership experience in B2B startups. Tamir has held CFO positions at multiple companies including Apprente, Dome9 Security, and BlazeMeter. He has extensive experience ...

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Tamir Pokorny is a seasoned finance executive with 10 years of finance leadership experience in B2B startups. Tamir has held CFO positions at multiple companies including Apprente, Dome9 Security, and BlazeMeter. He has extensive experience in scaling subscription-based startups, raising equity and debt from leading VCs and global investors ($100M to date) and managing M&A transaction (5 transactions and $1B in total consideration since 2012).

Tamir holds both a Bachelor's degree in Economics and a Law degree from the Tel Aviv University, as well as an MBA from UT Austin.

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Bobby Gupta
SVP, International & Corporate Development

Bobby brings more than 20 years of global leadership experience in Analytics, Cybersecurity, Storage, and IT services markets to this role, managing Virsec sales across Asia Pacific, India and MEA …

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Bobby brings more than 20 years of global leadership experience in Analytics, Cybersecurity, Storage, and IT services markets to this role, managing Virsec sales across Asia Pacific, India and MEA. He has held numerous senior management positions, overseeing sales, operations, market development, and organizational change. Prior to joining Virsec, Bobby served as VP Asia Pacific at Guavus, VP West Coast Cognizant, Senior Vice President at Tech Mahindra, and Asia Pacific Leader at IBM Global Services. Bobby has been part of Global Transformation Teams & is experienced in selling large scale, complex transformation deals, and has lead sales teams with revenues of $300M.

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Vishal Patel
VP of Sales, North America

Vishal leads Virsec’s North American sales team and with a passion for building high-growth sales and customer success. With over 15 years of experience as a strong customer advocate, he brings a strong understanding of ...

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Vishal Patel leads Virsec’s North American sales team and with a passion for building high-growth sales and customer success. With over 15 years of experience as a strong customer advocate, he brings a strong understanding of designing and implementing operating plans and is proficient at creating and executing go-to-market strategies that accelerate brand recognition, corporate growth and profitability. Vishal previously led successful teams at Crown Castle Fiber, a leading provider of premium private fiber-optic networks, and Lightower Fiber Networks. A Chicago native, Vishal holds a BS from the University of Kansas and an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management.

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Willy Leichter
Vice President of Marketing

Willy Leichter leads Virsec marketing, with over twenty years of experience in outbound marketing, communications, digital marketing, demand generation, product marketing

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Willy Leichter leads Virsec marketing, with over twenty years of experience in product marketing, product management, outbound marketing, communications, digital marketing, and demand generation. He has worked with a wide range of global enterprises to help them meet evolving security challenges.

With extensive experience in a range of IT domains including network security, global data privacy laws, data loss prevention, access control, email security and cloud applications, he is a frequent speaker at industry events and author on IT security and compliance issues. A graduate of Stanford University, he has held marketing leadership positions in the US and Europe, at CipherCloud, Axway, Websense, Tumbleweed Communications, and Secure Computing (now McAfee).

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Saurabh Sharma
VP Sales, ICS & Strategic Partnerships

Saurabh Sharma brings over 18 years of industry experience in new business development, go-to-market strategy, technology partnering and sales. He was recently a VP of Sales at FixStream …

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Saurabh Sharma brings over 18 years of industry experience in new business development, go-to-market strategy, technology partnering and sales. He was recently a VP of Sales at FixStream responsible for sales, new business development and channel strategy for the West Coast. Prior to that, Saurabh was VP Communications Business West at Tech Mahindra, leading the strategy for new business development and joint go-to-market with key technology players. He was a founding member of Tech Mahindra West Coast operations, a key leader contributing to region’s growth from zero to $200m+ in 10 years, and won numerous sales awards.

Saurabh has an MS degree from BITS Pilani, lives in San Jose with his family, and spends his spare time singing, biking and organic gardening.

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Manoj Paul
VP of Product Development

Manoj leads Virsec’s global product development team and has over 25 years of experience leading product development across cybersecurity, networking, and telecommunications industries…

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Manoj leads Virsec’s global product development team and has over 25 years of experience leading product development across cybersecurity, networking, and telecommunications industries. He has led system designs in a wide array of technologies including application security, deep packet inspection, VoIP, network switching and routing, and 4G/LTE etc. He has held senior engineering positions in the past at Intel, Genband, and Arbor Networks. Manoj holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, India.

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Vinay Mamidi
VP of Customer Success

Vinay Mamidi leads Virsec Global Customer Success and Product Management teams. He has extensive experience leading product management teams and building ground-breaking solutions in …

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Vinay Mamidi leads Virsec Global Customer Success and Product Management  teams. He has extensive experience leading product management teams and building ground-breaking solutions in enterprise security, virtualization, and networking products. Vinay has held senior product management positions at Palo Alto Networks, A10 Networks and Cisco Systems. Throughout these roles Vinay played a critical role in ensuring that the right products are built which find rapid acceptance in the enterprise marketplace. Vinay holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon and an MS in Computer Science from Clemson University.

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Shauntinéz Jakab
Sr. Director of Product Marketing

Shauntinéz has spent over 20 years working with executives to create unique high-growth product and business strategies in cybersecurity, network management, parallel systems, enterprise software and…

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Shauntinéz has spent over 20 years working with executives to create unique high-growth product and business strategies in cybersecurity, network management, parallel systems, enterprise software and cloud-based services. She has held senior positions at F5 Networks, Intuit, Aryaka Networks and Citrix Systems. She has led efforts to define new products and roadmaps, create content and messaging, and establish sales enablement practices that accelerate market growth. At Virsec, Shauntinéz helps steer product strategy, and go-to-market, while leading analyst relations, product positioning, and driving collaboration with product management and sales leadership. Shauntinez holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Grambling State University, with graduate studies in microelectronics.

Board Members

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Yatin Mundkur

Yatin Mundkur joined Artiman as General Partner in 2004 and is currently on the boards of Prysm, Virsec, Yantra and Zspace, and is on the board and CEO of Cellworks. Yatin focuses on early-stage Technology and…

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Yatin Mundkur joined Artiman as General Partner in 2004 and is currently on the boards of Prysm, Virsec, Yantra and Zspace, and is on the board and CEO of Cellworks. Yatin focuses on early-stage Technology and Med-tech investments. Previously, he served as the Managing Director at Telesoft Partners focusing on semis, systems and software investments and has led investments in over 20 companies in the early stage semiconductor and software sectors.

Yatin has over 17 years of overall experience working with technology companies in venture capital. He also holds fourteen patents in areas of computer architectures, digital consumer electronics, semiconductor design, and software.

Prior to joining TeleSoft Partners, Yatin founded and served as President of Equator Technologies, a developer of Programmable MediaProcessors. His prior experience also includes VP/Group Manager at Conexant, and Chief Architect/Design Manager at Sun Microsystems, Ross Technology and Cypress Semiconductor.

Yatin earned a B.S.E.E. from MSU of Baroda, India, and an M.S.E.E. from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Mike Ruettgers

Mr. Ruettgers is widely known and respected in the technology industry serving for many years as CEO of EMC Corporation, the world leader in products, services and solutions for information…

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Mr. Ruettgers is widely known and respected in the technology industry serving for many years as CEO of EMC Corporation, the world leader in products, services and solutions for information management and storage, from 1992-2001 after joining in 1988. Leading the company in a decade-long trajectory of growth, he was also Executive Chairman of the Board for three years through December 2003 and Chairman of the Board of Directors through 2005. During his term as CEO, he was named one of the “World’s Top 25 Executives” by BusinessWeek, one of the “Best CEOs in America” by Worth Magazine, and one of the “25 Most Powerful People in Networking” by Network World.

He spent much of his early career with Raytheon and was the Lead Director of their Board for a number of years. He has served on many other BODs, including Gigamon and Perkin Elmer. In November 2002, Ruettgers was inducted into the Industry Hall of Fame, joining a select group of the innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders who have helped shape and expand the global IT industry.

Mike has frequently spoken at key venues around the world, including the World Economic Forum, Harvard University Nieman Fellows seminars, the Raytheon Lectureship in Business Ethics at Bentley College, and major IT industry conferences. He is also a frequent contributor of articles on key policy issues, including the responsibility all organizations have to protect and preserve their information.

Mike holds a BS from Idaho State University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Rehan Jalil

Rehan Jalil is a highly successful entrepreneur, investor and security industry visionary. As the founder, President & CEO of Elastica he grew the company from an idea to becoming a Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader in CASB…

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Rehan Jalil is a highly successful entrepreneur, investor and security industry visionary. As the founder, President & CEO of Elastica he grew the company from an idea to becoming a Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader in CASB (Cloud Access Security Broker). He was instrumental in defining the emerging CASB space which became the most sought-after new category in cybersecurity and was named one of the Top 25 Disruptor Enterprise CEOs of 2015.

Mr. Jalil led Elastica to a successful acquisition by Blue Coat, which was then acquired by Symantec where he became SVP & GM for Cloud Security. He played an instrumental role in the evolution of Symantec to be a cloud generation company and grew their CloudSOC security platform to be the fastest growing across the entire Symantec portfolio for 7 quarters, with high triple digit growth in every quarter.

Prior to this he was the President & CEO of WiChorus leading them through inception to merger with Tellabs where he became an SVP. He has also held senior management and engineering roles at Aperto Networks, Sun Microsystems, and Siemens.

Mr. Jalil holds an AMP from Harvard Business School, an MSEE from Purdue University and BEEE from NED University, and has over 25 patents granted or pending.