Allentown, PA: Netizen Corporation, an ISO 27001:2013 and ISO 9001:2015 certified Veteran Owned provider of cybersecurity solutions, has added Akhil Handa to the executive team and named him Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the company. Akhil is an experienced and highly respected senior executive in federal and defense markets. He has served in senior leadership roles with some of the most successful companies in the Washington, D.C. area before joining Netizen and has also worked in cybersecurity engineering and management. Akhil oversees company operations, strategic relationships, and solutions engineering at Netizen and is based at the company’s Washington, D.C. metro area (Northern Virginia) location.

Doug Ross, previously Netizen’s Director of Business Development and, prior to that, President and Founder of SPARC, LLC and Morgan6, LLC where he earned over $1 Billion in federal contracts for those companies, has been promoted to Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) at Netizen. In this role, he oversees all of Netizen’s strategic business development for key markets and also serves as advisor to the CEO. Doug is based at Netizen’s Charleston, South Carolina location.

Emily Dietrich Witmer, previously Netizen’s Administrative Officer, has been promoted to Director of Human Resources and Legal Affairs. Emily has been a licensed attorney since 2001 and is a graduate of Villanova’s Charles Widger School of Law with specializations in contracts, business law, and legal documentation. At Netizen she oversees and coordinates human resources, contract management, and legal affairs. Emily is based at Netizen’s Allentown, Pennsylvania headquarters location.

Additional details, photographs, and biographical information can be found for these team members on the Netizen website at

About Netizen Corporation:

America’s fastest-growing cybersecurity company, 2nd fastest-growing Veteran-owned company, and 47th fastest-growing private company overall in the nation according to the 2019 Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s most successful businesses, Netizen is a highly specialized cybersecurity solutions provider. They also develop innovative software products that include the award-winning AutoSTIG and Overwatch Governance Suite.

The company, a certified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SDVOSB), is headquartered in Allentown, PA, with additional locations in Virginia (DC Metro), South Carolina (Charleston), and Florida (Orlando). In addition to being one of the fastest-growing businesses in the US, Netizen has also been named as one of the nation’s “Best Workplaces” by Inc. Magazine and is a US Department of Labor HIRE Vets Platinum Medallion awardee for veteran hiring and support for two years in a row. Learn more at

Doug Ross
Chief Strategy Officer (CSO)
Phone: 1-800-450-1773

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