What We Do: Ensuring Security Gets Built-In, Not Bolted-On

Netizen is an award-winning company specializing in software assurance and cybersecurity. Our mission is to develop and leverage innovative solutions that enable a more secure cyberspace for government and commercial clients.

For defense and federal markets, we are experts in the NIST Risk Management Framework (RMF). We perform advanced Security Control Assessor-Validator and defensive cybersecurity services for a wide range of government clients nationwide to certify their systems, both classified and unclassified, for secure operation. Our personnel are certified up to DoD 8570.01-M IASE, IAM, and IAT Level III and security-cleared up to Top Secret to best support even the most critical client missions. Learn more.

Our commercial CyberSecure Solutions™ division provides advanced solutions to protect critical IT infrastructure. Our offerings include the popular "CISO-as-a-Service" wherein companies can leverage the deep expertise of executive-level cybersecurity professionals without having to bear the cost of employing them full time. Additionally, we offer an automated and affordable assessment tool that continuously scans systems, websites, applications, and networks to uncover issues. Vulnerability data is then securely analyzed and presented through an easy-to-interpret dashboard to yield actionable risk and compliance information for audiences ranging from IT professionals to executive managers. Learn more or download our brochure.

The Netizen Difference: What Sets Us Apart

We work side-by-side with clients and partners as a cohesive team providing solutions supported by our award-winning White Glove Service®.

Our team consists of dedicated professionals renowned for our expertise, innovation, adaptability, integrity, and attention to detail.

We approach every client engagement, whether large or small, as an opportunity to foster long-term relationships built on trust and service.

We recruit and train a diverse range of military veterans to leverage and expand their talents so they can fill critical roles in cybersecurity and other technical fields. A majority of Netizen leadership and staff are veterans, which is a significant factor in our culture and success.

For every client, on every project, we work to...

  • Motivate
  • Innovate
  • Simplify
  • Secure
  • Integrate
  • Optimize
  • Nurture
Learn more about what our M.I.S.S.I.O.N. focus is all about.

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Awards and Accolades
Netizen is honored to have been named the 2015 Emerging Business of the Year for the Lehigh Valley region. Criteria for this Business of the Year Award included an evaluation of company growth, community involvement, future potential, and other factors. Finalists and awardees were selected by an independent panel of judges from across the region. Read the press release.
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Netizen has been named a Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) "Superstar" company in the Western Region for consistently exceeding rigorous Service-Level Agreements (SLAs) for responsiveness and customer support. Our team has been praised for repeatedly exceeding standards set by the CIO of the DLA and was one of only a select few companies nationwide to achieve this.
Community Involvement
Netizen is an active member of the NIST Health IT Standards Community of Interest for which we provide our cyber expertise and industry experience to enhance the development and implementation of nationwide Health IT Security standards. Learn more at
Netizen is a proud member of the National Veteran Small Business Coalition (NVSBC). NVSBC’s mission is to serve as a the "voice" of Veteran Owned (VOSB) and Service Disabled Veteran Owned (SDVOSB) companies operating in the federal marketplace. Learn more at
Netizen is a proud member of the National Veteran-Owned Business Association. NaVOBA’s mission is to create opportunities for the more than 3 million and growing veteran-owned businesses in America. Learn more at
Netizen is a corporate member of AFCEA International. Established in 1946, they are a non-profit organization which is dedicated to increasing knowledge of issues in information technology for the defense, homeland security and intelligence communities. Learn more at
Corporate Leadership
Michael W. Hawkins, Founder and CEO

Michael Hawkins

Chief Executive Officer

Michael was a Military Police investigator and Information Security Officer in the U.S. Army. He has a degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland and over 15 years of experience managing large scale information technology and security programs for government agencies.  Read more...

Max Harris, Chief of Business Development

Max Harris, CESE

Chief Business Development Officer

Max is a Certified Expert Security Executive and U.S. Army veteran, having served as a DLI trained Arabic linguist and Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Analyst in Iraq and Germany. He graduated with honors from Kutztown University with a degree in International Business and oversees all business development activities for Netizen.   Read more...

Greg Allen, VP of Strategic Accounts

Greg Allen

Vice President of Strategic Accounts

Greg is a U.S. Navy veteran and has been a successful sales and operations executive for multiple federal and defense contracting companies spanning a career of over 35 years prior to joining Netizen. He develops strategic partnerships and customer relationships to bring our award-winning solutions to new markets.

Rich Stoneberg, Chief Information Security Officer

Rich Stoneberg

Chief Information Security Officer

Rich is a veteran of both the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. He leads our operations for the commercial market leveraging his decades of government, financial, and health care cybersecurity experience. He is also at the forefront of cybersecurity threat analysis research and holds multiple certifications including CISSP, CCSP, and CEH.

Ray Harris, Jr., Defense Solutions Program Manager

Ray Harris, Jr.

Defense Solutions Program Manager

Ray is a U.S. Navy veteran, having served as Communications Officer and unit commander. He holds a degree from Yale University and previously supervised all North American IT operations for a major Fortune 500 company. He currently oversees multiple defense contracts to ensure unrivaled service.   Read more...

Qasim Qureshi, Admin and Financial Officer

Qasim Qureshi

Admin and Financial Officer

Qasim has a background in accounting and finance and is certified by the Association of Chartered Accountants (ACCA). He is responsible for overseeing the administrative and financial operations of a rapidly growing company, including financial reporting, budgeting, analysis, and compliance.   Read more...

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