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Meet the Untangle Senior Management Team
Our company was founded to help organizations with limited budgets and IT resources untangle the complexity of connecting to the internet safely. Today, Untangle’s leadership remains committed to that vision of bringing powerful network security to small-to-medium business.
When he’s not summiting El Capitan or off-roading in Baja, Dirk Morris spends his time as the founder and engineering visionary behind the Untangle network gateway platform. Prior to Untangle, Dirk was Chief Architect at Akheron Technologies, where he invented the patent-pending High Bandwidth Transparent Vectoring used in the company’s proxy firewall engine. He has also held positions as lead engineer at VerticalNet and H.L.L.C. Consulting, developing Java-based distributed monitor and intrusion detection systems. Dirk earned 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.
Timur Kovalev serves as the CTO at Untangle and is responsible for driving technology innovation and integration of gateway, endpoint, and cloud technologies. Timur brings over 20 years of experience across various technology stacks and applications. Prior to joining Untangle, Timur headed up Client and Threat Intelligence Technology at Webroot, where he led development of desktop and mobile solutions, cloud intelligence services, and research automation systems. Prior to Webroot, Timur was responsible for design and development of dynamic network communication architecture for medical devices at Dräger Medical Systems. Before that, he developed software for patient monitoring, imaging, and secure medical data delivery solutions at Siemens. Timur holds 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.
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.