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As a leader in network security, Untangle has a team of experts to provide valuable insight into today’s security industry trends. To request one of the security thought leaders as a speaker at your next event, contact us today by emailing [email protected].

Dirk Morris

Dirk Morris

Founder & Chief Product Officer, Untangle

With more than 20 years experience in network security, Dirk Morris is an expert in all things firewall, encryption, network security and privacy. He is the founder and Chief Product Officer at Untangle, leading the engineering vision behind Untangle’s award winning network security platform. Morris previously worked at Akheron Technologies, where he invented the patent-pending High Bandwidth Transparent Vectoring used in the company’s proxy firewall engine. Morris holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University. He worked on survivability simulations at CERT/CC (Computer Emergency Response Team), the University’s renowned, federally funded Center for Internet Security.

Topics – Network security and privacy, cybersecurity challenges, firewalls, UTM, encryption strategy and trends, SSL inspection, Man-in-the-Middle (MITM), information security and technology, intrusion detection, gateway solutions.

Timur Kovalev

Timur Kovalev

Chief Technology Officer

Timur Kovalev is the Chief Technology Officer at Untangle, driving technology innovation and integration of gateway, endpoint and cloud technologies. He has more than 20 years of experience in network security solutions, cloud development and threat intelligence solutions.
Kovalev previously led Client and Threat Intelligence at Webroot, where his team developed desktop and mobile solutions, cloud intelligence services and research automation systems. He earned a dual bachelor degree in Computer Science and Electrical, Computer & Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and an MBA from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Topics – Threat intelligence, cloud technologies, gateway solutions, encryption strategy and trends, information security and technology.

Heather Paunet

Heather Paunet

Vice President of Product Management

Heather Paunet is the Vice President of Product Management at Untangle, responsible for building the right products for customers, taking into account customer needs and market trends. She has over 15 years’ experience driving the development and go-to-market of software solutions. Prior to joining Untangle, she held product leadership roles at Cisco Systems, and was Vice President of Product at various high-tech security and networking companies in the Silicon Valley. She has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and spent the first few years of her career as a software engineer.

Topics – Malware types and protection strategies, cyber threats and vulnerabilities, IoT and the evolving threat landscape, Wi-Fi considerations, network firewalls.