Cyber Defense Solutions, LLC (CDS) was founded as a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business in 2008. Since its humble beginnings located at the Mason Enterprise Center start-up incubator in Fairfax, Virginia, CDS has grown exponentially and is now headquartered in Lorton, Virginia. The company started out as a training resource in the cyber security space but has since branched out into providing subject matter experts to the federal government to defend the nations cyber infrastructure. CDS has gained a reputation within, and beyond, the capital beltway for providing quality service and loyalty to our customers and partners.
CDS’s core competencies include Information Assurance, Computer Network Defense and IT Training. Through the execution of our Cyber Security programs, CDS has also developed competency in System and Network Administration and Engineering, Software Programming and Development, as well as Cloud Administration and Engineering utilizing Amazon Web Services. As an example of CDS’s success, CDS was selected as a recipient of the Northrop Grumman Supplier Recognition Program / Supplier Excellence Award – 2015. in 2018 CDS was recognized by Inc5000 for the third year in a row as the Nation's fastest growing companies.
Rodney DeCarteret - Founder & President
Rodney DeCarteret is a technology executive with more than 20 years of federal government experience and an extensive background of IT service delivery across the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and Intelligence Community. Rodney founded CDS as a start-up in 2008 and leads its growth as a trusted government services provider with a values-based business philosophy and focus on service excellence.
Rodney is a veteran of the U.S. Army and Army Reserves and earned a Bronze Star for his service during Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Prior to starting CDS, he held technical leadership positions in cybersecurity analysis and engineering as a government contractor for the Joint Task Force for Global Network Operations, U.S. Congress, and Cyber Intel Center 1st Information Operations Command.
Rodney earned a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in IT Management from Western Governors University, a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems from Bellevue University, and an Associate of Applied Science in Electronic Switching Systems from Central Texas Community College. He holds several security certifications, including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), and GIAC Reverse Engineering Malware (GREM).
Chrissi DeCarteret - Director, Human Resources
Chrissi DeCarteret directs and oversees all aspects of CDS’s financial and human resources efforts. Chrissi has worked in progressive roles for CDS since its inception and has a wealth of experience in company operations, from vendor management and corporate billing to risk analysis and mitigation. As Director of Human Resources & Finance, her expertise is focused in the areas of financial reporting and accounting, legal and policy compliance, and HR personnel management.
Prior to CDS, Chrissi worked in underwriting for the commercial insurance industry and earned the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and Associate in Commercial Underwriting (AU) designations. She earned an Associate of Arts and Sciences in Administrative/Management Studies from Excelsior College and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in finance and accounting.