Dr. Ratinder Paul Singh Ahuja, ShieldX Networks Inc.

November 4, 2015 · Posted in Speaker Bios 

Dr. Ahuja - ShieldXDr. Ratinder Paul Singh Ahuja
Founder & CEO
ShieldX Networks Inc.

Dr. Ahuja is Founder and CEO at ShieldX Networks, a newly established startup engaged in doing research and development on cloud scale security technologies.

From 2008 – 2015, Dr. Ahuja served as the CTO for the Network, Cloud and Content Security at Intel Security Group. The product lines included Data Loss Prevention, Firewalls, Intrusion detection & prevention, Advanced Malware detection, Email & Web Security, Cloud & Data Center security, Mobile Device Management and Mobile malware. As CTO at Intel Security, Dr. Ahuja contributed in areas such as business strategy, patents and technology, pre and post sales activity, customer boards and analysts briefings. He researched emerging trends such as security in Software Defined Infrastructure, Public & Private clouds and applications of big data technologies.

Prior to joining Intel, Dr. Ahuja was founder and CTO for Reconnex Corp. a leading Data Loss Prevention vendor that was acquired by Intel (then McAfee) in Aug 2008. The McAfee DLP solution has been deployed at some of the largest enterprises across the globe and has been consistently rated as a leader by both Gartner MQ and Forster since 2007.

As CTO for Reconnex Corp, Dr. Ratinder Paul Singh Ahuja brought his technical expertise of building scalable, high performance network appliances to Reconnex. He was responsible for the overall products, services and support strategy of the company. Dr. Ahuja believes in creating value by facilitating the development of technology that originates from the needs of the customer. Dr. Ahuja’s unique ability to translate customer needs into technology is the centerpiece of the corporate strategies, which enabled the success of Reconnex and its customers.

Prior to founding Reconnex, Dr. Ahuja founded and developed several successful companies that were acquired by technology market leaders. In March 2001, Extreme Networks acquired Webstacks, Inc., which he founded and managed as president and CEO. The Webstacks product was a first of its kind Gigabit speed content switching engine with applications such as load balancing and application stream switching. The product did full TCP termination and content inspection in FPGAs to achieve line rate. His team was responsible for the significant development of intellectual property, resulting in the filing of 14 patents. After the acquisition, he led the research and development, quality assurance and marketing teams as vice president of advanced technologies at Extreme Networks, where he was credited with the award-winning application switching product line.

In 1995, Dr. Ahuja took another of his companies, Internet Junction, at which he developed a unique protocol translation product, to acquisition by Cisco Systems. Dr. Ahuja then became a development manager at Cisco, where he managed various products in the enterprise switching and Internet appliances space. Before founding Internet Junction, Dr. Ahuja worked in the datacom industry on technologies such as ATM switching, communication middleware, TCP/IP and OSI protocols.

Dr. Ahuja earned a B.E. in electronics from Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology in India. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University. Dr. Ahuja is also a TaeKwonDo Master, holding a 6th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo and is an avid practitioner of QiGong and weight training.

Dr. Ahuja holds 30 issued patents from the USPTO. Amongst the three companies he has founded, in excess of 50 patents have been filed. His contributions have resulted in 44 issued patents in the DLP space that have been assigned to McAfee / Intel Security.

Throughout his career, Dr. Ahuja has strived to intersect knowledge and vision with emerging trends and market positioning to create immense value for customers, colleagues, and investors.

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