Data Defense Solutions is a Cybersecurity advisory firm based in Alexandria, VA. Our goal is to be more than just a vendor for our customers, but rather become an extension of their security team. We partner with our customers to become their go to trusted advisor to help reduce and manage their cyber risk by offering the highest quality, customized Cybersecurity services available.

Paul Culligan started Data Defense Solutions at the request of a former customer who needed help managing their security program and was not receiving the level of support they required from other vendors. Paul has 20 years of experience providing strategic Cyber advisory services and solutions for a diverse set of industries and organizations including building IT Security and Vulnerability Management Programs, developing IT Security Maturity Roadmaps, and guiding customer’s through numerous compliance requirements including SOX, FISMA and PCI standards. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY and an MBA from Penn State University. Security certifications include: CISSP, CISM and CISA designations.


Kris Fechter is a Senior Security Engineer with over 20 years of IT management, security and project management experience at companies including: Cybertrust, Verizon, Sourcefire and Cisco. His experience includes building and managing the global customer vulnerability scanning lab environment for Cybertrust and managed a global migration project which combined three merged companies’ information systems and networks into one global network for Cybertrust. Prior to joining DDS, Kris was a Technical Project Manager with Sourcefire/Cisco. His certifications include: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), and Sourcefire Certified Professional (SFCP).