Our Leadership Team
We leverage our expertise, experience and innovation to develop critical technologies that provide next-generation security solutions today; securing and protecting organizations’ communications and data against current and emerging threats.
Julian W, Waits, Sr.
Julian Waits, president, and CEO, is leading the charge to create solutions that secure today’s evolving perimeter.
SAIFE’s Microperimeterization solutions authenticate users based on identity, device, and context before establishing access to only those services and datasets for which they are authorized. Because services and datasets receive only already authenticated traffic, they remain invisible on the Internet to unauthenticated users and would-be attackers.
With over 20 years in IT and security, Julian has served as the president and CEO of both PivotPoint Risk Analytics and ThreatTrack Security. Julian has also served as CEO of Brabeion Software Corporation and in senior leadership positions at Archer Technologies, e-Security and BNX Systems.
Julian serves as Executive Chairman of the International Consortium of Minority Cyber Professionals’ (www.ICMCP.org) Strategic Advisory Board and Advisory Board Member of NICE, National Cybersecurity STEM Education. He is an alumnus of both Loyola University of New Orleans and Xavier University of New Orleans.
Stuart Itkin, Chief Marketing Officer brings a passion for building, launching, and scaling disruptive cyber-security and technology businesses.
Stuart was formerly CMO at both PivotPoint Risk Analytics and ThreatTrack Security, and continues to serves as a mentor at MACH37, an accelerator facilitating the next generation of cybersecurity product companies. Stuart previously served as Chief Marketing Officer at CEB and Kronos, and led worldwide marketing at Zebra Technologies, Lucid, PSC, and Symbol Technologies.
Stuart attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he earned a BA and MA and is an ABD. He is a Charter Member of the AIDC 100, and has served on the Boards of AIM Global, Recognition Technology Users Group, Business Marketing Association of Chicago, and as a member of the Eloqua Advisory Board.
Gary Benedetti, Chief Revenue Officer and Senior Vice President, brings more than 25 years of technology and security sales and leadership experience to SAIFE, where he responsible for driving revenue growth.
Gary is an accomplished sales executive with an extensive track record of building and leading high-performance sales teams, providing team focus and value in meeting company goals and objectives.
Most recently, Gary served as Executive Vice President at Endgame, a cybersecurity company specializing in proactive cyber defense solutions. Gary has held senior sales leadership positions at emerging and established security and technology companies including ThreatTrack Security, Fidelis, e-Security, AimTech, AOL, Netscape and Oracle.
Gary attended James Madison University where he earned a degree in Business.
Ty Lindteigen, Chief Technology Officer, maintains a deep working knowledge of digital security.
At SAIFE, Ty is responsible for monitoring IT and security trends, anticipating emerging security challenges, and positioning the company to deliver innovative technology and solutions.
Ty previously led the development of several secure, high-assurance communications devices. His security algorithms for voice and data services, as well as his architectures for satellite telemetry systems, are used in devices throughout the world. Ty earned an MS in Computer Science from Arizona State University, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) who has been granted 12 patents and has contributed to many publications.
Chris Washington, Senior Vice President of Product Development, is a specialist in leading engineering teams of early stage product organizations in the fields of security data analysis, cyber threat detection and cyber risk quantification and has accumulated a track record of leading the development of award winning security products.
He leads the product engineering organization of SAIFE and is responsible for the execution of software development, product packaging and testing, and development operations.
Most recently, Chris was Vice President, Engineering for PivotPoint Risk Analytics, a cloud based cyber-risk quantification product company. Prior to joining PivotPoint, Chris worked for RSA Security where, as Senior Director, he led the engineering organization for the Advanced Security Operations Center (ASOC) suite of products, which included Security Analytics, NetWitness, RSA DLP, and RSA EnVision. His experience over his 20+ year career also includes serving as Vice President, Engineering for NetWitness Corp., a network forensics and analytics startup, launched in 2006 and subsequently acquired by RSA Security in 2011.
A native Chicagoan, Chris attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD., earning a degree in electrical engineering.
Gary Pelczar, Vice President of Product Management, brings a wealth of security and product experience to SAIFE, where he leads product management and is responsible for creating and executing the company’s product strategy for SAIFE’s Microperimeterization solutions.
With over 20 years of IT and Security experience, Gary most recently served as Senior Director, Product Management for ThreatTrack Security’s advanced threat defense and endpoint protection solutions.
Gary previously held senior roles in Product Management, Sales, Strategic Alliances, and Business Development at CA, Harris Corporation, FedEx Services, and e-Security. Gary received a B.S. from the University of Miami and an M.B.A. from the University of Central Florida.
Justin Freeh, Esq.
Justin Freeh, Vice President of Operations and Chief Legal Counsel, is responsible for strategic business planning, finance, legal matters, compliance, organizational strategy, human resources, facilities, and other operational functions.
Justin previously worked in a private equity group, with a technology centric investment portfolio. Justin served as an officer in the United States Navy, where he completed multiple deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Justin holds a BS from the United States Naval Academy, a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a member of the bar in Maryland and Washington, D.C.