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CSFI Lab Validation

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Sarah Edmonds (CSFI Lab Validator) and Ilham Bouzit (CSFI Arabic Linguist) validating a network security monitoring lab at our CSFI office. Thank you, Sarah and Ilham for the work you do!

Volunteer to become a CSFI Lab Validator. Email with your resume. Computer lab validation and documentation. Polishing and developing tutorials. Work with VMs in order to validate unique cyberspace operations labs (full-spectrum). 

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Christian Witte and Paul de Souza (Stockholm, SWEDEN 2019)

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I was honored to attend TrustIT 🇸🇪 and to be a media sponsor of TrustIT 2019 in Stockholm! Thank you, Christian Witte, for organizing such a successful event! Special thanks to Jukka Ristijarvi and everybody involved in putting this event together.

NOWBiZ AB vill inspirera och skapa framgång i en värld där allt mer digitaliseras i en rasande takt. Det gäller att hänga med både som individ och organisation för att inte tappa konkurrenskraft. På våra evenemang får du ta del av det senaste som sker på marknaden och i samhället.

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Christine de Souza Keynote Speaker at TrustIT 2019 Stockholm, Sweden

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I en tid där rapporter om cyberangrepp duggar tätt behöver vi förstå och kunna hantera dessa händelser. Genom att analysera angrepp och förstå detaljerna i utförandet och de inblandande aktörerna skapar vi bättre förståelse för det skydd som behöver byggas och de metoder som kan användas för en mer träffsäker identifiering av framtida angrepp.

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Cyber Embassy Night With Daniel Bagge

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Daniel Bagge (the Czech Republic’s Cyber AttachĂ© to the US and Canada) and Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder

The Institute of World Politics hosts another amazing Cyber Embassy Night, where #CyberDiplomacy happens! Special thanks to the guest speaker Daniel Bagge (the Czech Republic’s Cyber AttachĂ© to the US and Canada). EVENT LINK


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Thoughts on America By Paul de Souza

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No other nation in the world can claim to have all nations being represented under one flag in unity, under one constitution, under one God (worshiped in different ways, of course), with freedoms and opportunities to help everyone to achieve his or her full potential in this life. I have traveled across the world, and in almost every trip I take, I hear about the desire of many to immigrate to the land of opportunity. Why does America attract so many people? I believe the main driving forces are opportunity and freedom.

I also hear tremendous criticism regarding our internal affairs, from lack of tolerance to immaturity as a people. What makes America special, hated, and loved?

Like any experiment, significant adjustments are necessary from time to time. Growth is ever present as we mature as one nation under God. There is not one dull moment when living in America. Abraham Lincoln mentioned that America would under no circumstances be destroyed from the outside; he goes on to say that if we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. America can only be destroyed from the inside. The people can falter, and the beautiful experiment that is America could fall apart. Unfortunately, our adversaries understand this principle too well. Tremendous efforts from other, not so friendly, nations toward America are centered on destroying America from the inside, by leading people to falter and to influence our citizens to forfeit their freedoms through deception. How can we as Americans protect ourselves from never faltering?

Harry S Truman said that America was not built on fear but on courage, on imagination, and on an unbeatable determination. I am a firm believer in these three essential principles as key elements to securing our freedoms and not to falter. There is not one day in my life that I do not strive to have the courage to do the right thing, to be creative (if we do not adapt, we certainly die), and to be determined in the face of opposition.

We continue to fight segregation, indifference, and prejudice. Social and cultural integration can be a challenge even today, thus adding to our internal destruction. We are not done growing, and that is good news. There are no two identical outcomes, much like every painting is unique in color and in depth. Everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed. America is an idea, and like many ideas, it all starts with a mental representation of a concept. Unfortunately, many of our own continue to attempt to morally corrupt the idea of America that we are all equals. America is you and me. It is not only the city of Washington in all its glory, much like Rome was never about Caesar but about the people of Rome. You are America! Believe in this with your entire core, and move our country forward every day by having courage, by being creative, and by being determined. Our American resolve is solid as steel, and our people are strong, yet gentle. Remember to never be neutral. Face the storms, be humble, and preserve the foundations of peace. The concentration of disadvantage corrupts our freedoms. I see the gap of educational opportunities growing in America. Higher education can make America exceptional. Let us continue to value education and to make it available to every American citizen. Education is the way out poverty and ignorance, especially for those who were not born wealthy.

I will leave you with the words of Hebert Hoover who held office during the onset of the Great Depression:

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“Within the soul of America is freedom of mind and spirit in man. Here alone are the open windows through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit. Here alone is human dignity not a dream but an accomplishment. Perhaps it is not perfect, but it is more full in realization here than any other place in the world.”

Not a dream, but an accomplishment…

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Good Friends! Good times!


Joe Billingsley, David Vaughn, and Paul de Souza.

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Professional Highlight of our CSFI Fellow Berta Jarosova (Czech Republic)

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Berta Jarosova is a young cybersecurity professional with international experience from government, academia and business. Berta also serves as Research Assistant at Conflict Studies Research Centre, UK; Contributor at the Center for Cyber Security and International Relations Studies in Florence, Italy and Cybersecurity Manager at Centre for Security Analysis and Prevention in Prague, Czech Republic. Prior to initiating her own project, she served as a Trainee in the Department of Cybersecurity at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, as well as at the Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to the United Nations in New York where she was responsible, inter alia, for cybersecurity agenda, including meetings related to the UN GGE and digital agenda.

Berta holds an Advanced Master Degree (LL.M.) in Public International Law from Leiden University, The Netherlands and a first-class Bachelor Degree in European and International Law from Sorbonne Law School (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne). Berta is an alumna of International Cyber Security Summer School, a multidisciplinary course on cyberwarfare and cybercrime organized by NATO and Europol, as well as of Executive Cyber Strategy Course at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy in Switzerland. Her current interests include cyber diplomacy, cyber warfare in the Middle East and the intersection of cyber and space security.

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World of Politics IWP CII Dinner

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CSFI Panel Event in the UK (Disinformation)

19th March 2019. Central London.

Panel event for defense contractors, government and cybersecurity professionals responsible for the protection of information and national security.

The Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI) is honored to be hosting a realistic scenario-based panel in the city of London, covering the knowledge and skill sets used by adversaries to conduct disinformation and deception operations. The panel has the intent of creating dialogue focused on the capability of modern adversaries’ abilities to disrupt decision making at the highest echelons of national security.

CSFI deploys only the highest quality realistic scenarios, developed by experts in many unique fields of warfare, to include members of the military, the intelligence community, and the private sector.

The Conduct of Cyber-Enabled Information Operations and the Undermining of Democracies: Government Representation. 19th March 2019. Central London.

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Mr. Tomáš Petříček

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Paul de Souza (CSFI), Tomáš Petříček (Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic), Rob Strayer (Ambassador and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State), and Jaisha Wray (Director for International Cyber Policy, National Security Council).

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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