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Founder & Chief Product Officer
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.
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.
Director of Product Management
Bill Takacs, Untangle’s Director of Product Management, has more than 15 years’ experience in product management and product marketing. His product experience is diverse and includes hardware, software, media, SaaS, and service products. Takacs has experience marketing and delivering products to consumers, small businesses and large enterprises. He has previously held product leadership positions at HP, AOL, Salesforce and a number of venture-backed start-ups. He holds a B.S. in Business and Information Technology from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.
Topics – Network security, privacy, cybersecurity, information security and technology, UTM, network gateways, security and open source.