About Mira Security
Today, we are a small and interdependent team with strong backgrounds in cybersecurity and networking. Our mission is to provide visibility into network traffic as our customers transition to higher speeds and new architectures, and to eliminate the compromise between privacy and security along their journey. We will build lasting relationships with our valued customers and partners, and deliver innovative encryption software and products.
The Mira Security Leadership Team
Niel Viljoen has been active in the computing and networking equipment industry for the past 30 years. Prior to Netronome, Niel was an active business angel, investing in, amongst others, Nujira, Intune, and Azuro. He has served on the boards of Nujira and Intune pre-acquisition.
Between 2000 and 2001, Niel was CTO of the Marconi group. Niel joined Marconi after the acquisition of FORE Systems. At FORE, Niel’s roles included Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Service Provider Division, Senior Vice President Product Marketing, Vice President Engineering, Senior Director and General Manager of the Adapter group. Niel joined FORE through the acquisition of Nemesys Ltd, where he was the CEO. Nemesys developed a range of video encoding devices for broadband networks. Prior to that, Niel developed and created a number of businesses, developing products like network security devices and large distributed memory processor complexes.
Niel has received a number of industry awards. He attended the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa and Cambridge University in the UK. Niel is a member of the ACM. He has been a keynote speaker at numerous technology events and has received several industry awards. Niel also holds a number of patents in the field.
Johann is a recognized industry expert in security, Linux-based networking technologies, network virtualization, SDN and NFV. Johann has been an active contributing member and has been nominated to leadership roles in multiple standards bodies related to SDN and NFV. As Mira Security’s CTO, Johann leads all aspects of Mira’s architecture, product design and development, with heavy emphasis on advanced and open server-based networking technologies, where he also holds multiple patents. He holds a Masters of Engineering in Electronics.
Darrin Coulson (Advisor)
Darrin is an experienced executive with 30+ years of global sales operations, business development and services experience with success in high tech and enterprise sales.
Darrin spent the last 10 years working in the cyber security space, from startups through large enterprise companies, holding VP and SVP roles within Netronome, Blue Coat and Symantec. Most recently at Symantec, Darrin led several successful organizations, including sales leadership in Japan, Emerging Technologies (new acquisition sales management) and Systems Engineering.
Prior to Blue Coat/Symantec, Darrin was the former Chief Operating Officer at Sonic Foundry (SOFO), President Americas Enterprise at Marconi, EVP Global Services Marconi and SVP Services at FORE Systems.
Working on the go-to-market challenges of startups, or specialized groups within an enterprise, is a focus and passion of Darrin’s. This is especially important as the technology and methods of selling are changing within today’s environment.
A proven leader, Darrin has both military discipline and enterprise success. His personal network and operational experience is vast and, coupled with a positive winning mindset, is a value Darrin brings to any organization.
David is an experienced executive with 35+ years of experience in networking, security, wireless technologies and standards development in companies ranging from startups to global businesses.
David spent the last decade working in product management roles in the networking and cyber security space with VP positions at Netronome (where he was one of the founders), Blue Coat and Symantec. Having driven the development of the Netronome SSL Inspector product line, David was responsible for its integration into Blue Coat after an acquisition and then managed its continuing development within Blue Coat and, subsequently, Symantec.
Prior to Netronome, David was EVP & CTO for the wireless division at Marconi, Corporate Strategist at Tellabs, Senior Technology Analyst at GDC, and Customer services manager at Netcomm.
During his career, David has been involved with the development and standardization of numerous technologies in bodies such as ITU, Frame Relay Forum, ATM Forum and IETF. He is also the author of multiple patents.
Guiding the development of new products and technologies to produce customer-focused solutions that can succeed in the market is a key focus along with developing the teams and individuals needed to achieve this. While focused on what can be delivered today. David is always looking to the future as markets and technologies evolve.
David has a track record of translating new technologies into successful products and in managing the teams needed to achieve this in companies both small and large while also developing partnerships with other organizations to create the standards and ecosystems needed for successful solutions in today’s rapidly evolving world.