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Michael W. Hawkins, Founder and CEO

Michael W. Hawkins, PMP, CISSP

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Named one of the U.S. Army's "most proficient and capable leaders" during his military service, Michael went on to earn a degree with honors in Computer Science from the University of Maryland and manage large scale federal government software engineering and cybersecurity programs nationwide for nearly a decade prior to founding Netizen. He holds PMP, CISSP, and other industry certifications.

Eddie Benjamin, Chief Operating Officer

Eddie Benjamin, CISSP, CAP, CCSP

Chief Operating Officer

Eddie is a Marine Corps veteran with over 21 years of service who deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He has a master’s degree in Information Technology with an emphasis in Project Management and retired at the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 3 with the II Marine Expeditionary Force, G6 command staff. At Netizen he oversees all nationwide operations, contracts, and projects.

Austin Flannery, Chief Information Security Officer

Austin Flannery

Chief Information Security Officer

Austin manages Netizen's information internal security and compliance programs. He also oversees NIST RMF and cybersecurity validation, assessment, monitoring, and engineering projects for customers worldwide. He has a Bachelor's degree in Cybersecurity and is a highly certified Navy, Marine Corps, and Defense Health Agency (DHA) Validator with years of experience.


Rocco Zegalia, Chief Marketing Officer

Rocco Zegalia

Chief Marketing Officer

Rocco is an Air Force veteran and was previously a successful Account Executive for a national advertising company. At Netizen he manages all sales and marketing activities nationwide. For Netizen's subsidiary, CyberSecure Solutions, he oversees all commercial activities in areas including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and beyond.

Jonathan Berns, Director of Software Engineering

Jonathan Berns, CISA

Director of Software Engineering

Jonathan has 20 years of cybersecurity experience and a diverse background in software development, systems/database administration, and process control engineering. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Network Security and is a Certified Information System Auditor (CISA) and SAFe Agilist. At Netizen, he oversees all development for our Overwatch Suite, AutoSTIG, and other products


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