Leadership

For almost 10 years, Saltworks Security has delivered world class application security services and products, designed to help enterprises secure their applications from policy to production in an ever-changing security landscape. Saltworks Security was founded with a simple yet challenging principle: to build a company where the values are as important as the results. We are a company focused on customer satisfaction, built on the experience and expertise necessary to implement successful enterprise level application security, and designed to offer employees career satisfaction via respect for their wellbeing and sustained opportunities for growth.  

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2000

Dennis Hurst is 1st developer of SPI Dynamics
WebInspect​, a dynamic scanning tool that finds and prioritizes web application vulnerabilities

 

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2007

SPI Dynamics WebInspect bought by HP

 

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2010

Dennis is Sr. Engineer with HP AppSec ​(WebInspect/Fortify)

 

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2013

Dennis founds Saltworks Security

 

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2016

Saltworks Security partnered with Orasi Software as a joint venture.

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2020

SaltMiner, Saltworks’ dashboarding and data-mining tool for enterprise-wide AppSec visibility, is released.
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Founders

Dennis Hurst

Founder & President

Dennis Hurst, Founder and President of Saltworks Security, has been an application security leader since the earliest days of the industry and has held numerous strategic application development and security roles. With over 30 years of experience across the entire software development lifecycle, he has helped launch startups and traveled the globe to aide multinational enterprises in successfully implementing their application security programs. Dennis is a recognized and trusted advisor for Fortune 500 companies that span multiple industries and concerns.

Dennis is a founding member of the Cloud Security Alliance where he co-authored the first two versions of its Application Security guidelines. He is also a contributor and advocate for the Open Web Application Security Project. A sought-after industry speaker, Dennis provides best practices and industry insight to the media and to the research and analyst communities. He remains committed to partnering with organizations to build world class application security programs that support the rapid pace of enterprise software development. 

Susan Hurst

Founder & SVP of Operations and Marketing

Susan Hurst, Founder and Senior Vice President of Marketing and Operations, has prior experience including business management, application and network security, and curriculum design for courses ranging from elementary education to electrical engineering.

As one of the founders of Saltworks Security, Susan has been instrumental in helping to acquire and retain the talent necessary to implement effective enterprise security programs. She works to create an environment that offers opportunity for growth and dedicated career paths for Saltworks employees. Susan is fundamental in ensuring that Saltworks Security delivers on its potential and that the founders’ values are represented in every interaction.

Susan’s commitment to creating a company that honors its values and offers a better way of providing enterprise security has been integral to Saltworks Security’s growth and recognition. She remains dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcomes for both Saltworks Security customers and its employees.

Nick Kavadellas

CEO OF ORASI SOFTWARE, INC.

Nick Kavadellas, Orasi Software, Inc. CEO, is recognized as one of Saltworks Security’s co-founders. Saltworks Security is a joint venture with Orasi, who was an early financial backer and investor and helped provide support for enterprise scale business processing including finance, human resources, and partner relations. 

Nick brings more than 32 years of sales and management experience in the software and service industries to his partnership with Saltworks Security and helps guide the strategic direction of the firm. Before founding Orasi in 2002, Nick was the Executive VP of Software Product Divisions at Starbase, where he established executive product direction and integration strategies for the company’s suite of applications. Prior to that, Nick was the Founder and CEO of Technology Builders, Inc. where he grew the company to $30 million annually in revenue with more than 750 clients on its roster.

Via Orasi, Nick had his choice of security services to help fund but chose Saltworks Security because he shares their vision of securing enterprises while valuing all the moving parts from people to technology that make that possible. Nick has been a significant contributor to Saltworks Security’s sustained growth and continued upward trajectory and remains committed to helping ensure Saltworks Security’s continued growth and success.

Executive Team

Travis Dickson

Director of product development

For the last 20+ years, Travis has been firmly engaged in solving business problems through the application of technology to maximize efficiency and ROI. He currently serves as Saltworks Security’s Director of Product Development and helps bring products and customer solutions to life with his experience in custom solutions, data services, and enterprise application development.

Travis’s specialties include software architecture, Microsoft development technologies, web applications and services, and IT project management.  In addition to being a Microsoft stack developer at heart, Travis has experience with a wide range of technology including systems administration and various systems implementations (including API Management, SQL, Exchange, VMWare, and even forays into network infrastructure and the occasional Linux system).  

When not slinging code, Travis spends his time as husband to Katie and father to three boys and an adorable baby girl. He has recently “almost” completed building his own wood shop where he has been pursuing woodworking and home improvement.

Rick Dunnam

VP of Client services

At Saltworks Security, Rick leads the delivery of client services and helps organizations plan, build, and implement their programs to achieve their best possible application security outcomes.

Rick got his start in security during his service in the Army as a computer systems analyst with top secret clearance working for the Department of Defense. Later, Rick helped build HPE Fortify on Demand (FoD)’s international presence by leading the WebInspect professional services team and implementing application security programs across the globe.

Rick is a seasoned pen tester who understands the technical aspects of building an application security program along with the business concerns. For the last decade, Rick has focused on helping Fortune 10 companies and others build their application security programs and keep their data safe.

Rick currently enjoys life with his wife and four children in Nashville, TN. In his spare time, Rick enjoys woodworking, scuba diving, and two-wheeled road trips.  

 

Ryan Garrett

Director of product management

Ryan currently serves as Saltwork Security’s Director of Product Management and helps guide product and services offerings. His experience and research help Saltworks determine what areas of technology to emphasize, which problems to solve, and in what order.

Ryan’s previous experience in the healthcare industry and the value of its data led him to a focus on security. Ryan also has extensive experience as a solutions architect and understands how to resolve big issues and locate their root cause quickly.

A proud Lipscomb Alumni, Ryan lives in the Nashville area with his wife, who is also his high school sweetheart, and their 4 children. In his free time, he enjoys fishing and spending time with his kids.

Allen Talbott

VP of Sales

Allen currently serves as Saltwork Security’s VP of Sales and helps empower businesses to design, build, and operate secure software applications. He has more than 25 years of experience in IT sales, with specializations in AppSec, DevOps Integration, QA, and Application Performance Monitoring. Previously, Allen spent 13 years as a part of Orasi Software and held multiple leadership positions including Support Sales, Inside Sales, Emerging Technologies, Strategic Accounts and Application Security.

As VP of Sales, Allen helps create a straightforward, real-world approach to customer relations. He helps clients save time and money by setting clear expectations, benchmarks, and milestones for all stakeholders- from developers to security staff to senior management.

Allen lives with his wife Kathy of 30+ years, and has 3 daughters: Tara, Ashley, and Melanie (Bug). When Allen is not working, he enjoys time with his family, golf, and days on the lake.    

 

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