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New CSFI Fellow – Dr. Dwayne Hodges

Dr. Dwayne Hodges

Dr. Hodges is an experienced Senior Director of Risk Management and Cyber Security for Covenant Security Solutions, Inc and a Fellow with the Cyber Security Forum Initiative with over 20 years military service. Covenant Security Solutions, Inc. is an award winning cyber security company focused on providing cyber solutions that acknowledge the intersection of people, processes and technology.
Covenant’s approach is to work with our clients to view cyber security through a holistic and proactive paradigm of empowerment. A cyber breach can destroy your company or set your nation back in established relationships. Our process requires forethought and planning beyond the IT Department. Every aspect of an organization is required to assist in ensuring a viable and secure cyber infrastructure. Covenant has provided cyber security support for government agencies, multi-national companies and startups for more than a decade.

Dr. Hodges is a retired U.S. Army combat veteran with over 20 years ‘military service. He holds various certifications to include the world leading Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), with the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC) 2 and the Certified Ethical Hacker with the EC- Council. He holds a United States Top Secret Clearance (TS-SCI)
Dr Hodges is a University Adjunct Professor and does academic Engineer in Higher Education in several disciplines to include but not limited to Homeland Security Defense & Preparedness, Cyber Security, Cryptography, Disaster Recovery and Incident Response and Handling, Network Security, and Internet and Data Security.

Dr. Hodges has consulted internationally to Allied partners in many areas of cyber security management practices for the United States Army Europe Command to include developing and leading international efforts or a cyber security seminar for U.S. allied partners and has held several key position during his military tenure.

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Congratulations Hobart Richey!


Hobart Richey

“My internship with the Cyber Security Forum Initiative has helped me to build a strong foundation for my future career in the Cyber domain. The strong focus on self-improvement and building my personal brand far transcended the support I expected to receive, and I was given many opportunities to get my name out to CSFI’s extensive network through the work I did to support the mission. Working so closely with Paul de Souza, Founder and President of CSFI, this has also been a great opportunity to learn all sides of the business, from the technical training aspect to the day-to-day operations that keep the CSFI mission going. With CSFI’s support I have attained my first technical certification, Network +, and have the opportunity to take the CSFI ICWOD and DCOE courses, too. This has been an unparalleled opportunity to jump start my transition into the cyber domain.”

Hobart Richey
CSFI Government Relations Associate, NET+


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Mr. Hobart Richey has supported our CSFI mission with dedication and professionalism. His support to our national security, and his dedication to serve show a deep commitment to create change toward a better a more secure world.

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Career Thoughts

I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to manage and run one of the biggest and most active forums on the Internet dealing with cyber warfare and cyber security – CSFI (The Cyber Security Forum Initiative). With over 16 years of cyber security experience, I continue to actively raise Cyber Warfare/Cyber Security awareness worldwide. I have worked as a Chief Security Engineer for AT&T, where I designed and approved secure networks for MSS. I have also consulted for several governments, military and private institutions on best network security practices throughout my career.

CSFI and its divisions CSFI-CWD (Cyber Warfare Division), CSFI-LPD (Law and Policy Division) and CSFI-WD (Wireless Division) continue to grow and expand with more than 60,000 information security members.

One of my personal goals is to serve our security community to the best of my abilities, in the protection and defense of our American national security interests, the American people, and that of our international partners. I am always ready to serve and to give of my time and skills to help our society with the growing problems we experience in cyberspace. I thank God and my family for the opportunities I have had in life and the most precious of all opportunities, which is the chance to serve others. I love what I do, and I appreciate all the support I have received from friends, family and our CSFI members.


Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder Director