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CSFI Trains and Certifies MITRE in Colorado Springs



Cyber Warfare Operations Officer at United States Air Force training MITRE on PBED

CSFI_Instructor_Lt.Col Guess-JohnsonAnthony Guess-Johnson (CSFI Instructor covering cyberspace operations planning)

Paul de Souza, Ben Lindquist, Roger Kuhn, and Christine de Souza (Colorado Springs 2017)
MITRE Team and Christine de Souza

MITRE CTF winners presented with CSFI Challenge coins
MDC10 running Kali Linux
Packet analisys lab using Deep Node
Christine de Souza leading the CTF competition
Roger Kuhn


MITRE partners with the government, applying systems engineering and advanced technology to address issues of critical national importance.

MITRE’s Mission:

One public interest company, working with industry and academia to advance and apply science, technology, systems engineering, and strategy, enabling government and the private sector to make better decisions and implement solutions to complex challenges of national and global significance.

CSFI supports MITRE and their mission for a stronger cyber defense national security posture. CSFI would like to thank the amazing technical and logistical support provided by MITRE to make this training a successful experience!

Special thanks to Lara Suarezand Sean Kinser from MITRE, to Gia Foschi, Matthew Pavliv, and the team from Global Knowledge, to CSFI Operational Sponsor Van Cleve & Associates, Inc. for providing the MDC10 mobile Data Center, and to all CSFI sponsors and supporters who contribute to help CSFI fulfill its mission.

Our amazing CSFI Instructors, CSFI Advisory Board of Directors, and the DoD are equally recognized.

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Thank You Sweden!

Paul de Souza Sweden

Jag känner mig hedrad där jag vill tacka Jenny Persson för intervjun i Aktuell Säkerhet. Jag vill också passa på att tacka Bengt Berg och Janne Haldesten hos Cybercom Group för talartillfället liksom det förträffliga SIG Security-teamet. Sverige är som land nära allierad med Förenta Staterna och har en välutvecklad och kraftfull cyberförmåga. Jag ser fram emot att fortsätta och stödja våra vänner i Sverige.

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We Want You! Become a CSFI Instructor


The Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI) is looking for individuals interested in becoming part-time CSFI instructors of a one-week course taught every few months around the nation (and even occasional international opportunities, if interested). Must be comfortable/well-versed with Kali Linux to run the labs associated with the course. Military background very strongly preferred. Immediate opportunities available. Send resume to

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TRI WING 2017 – Christine de Souza


Cyber Warfare Operations Officer/CSFI Director Christine de Souza presenting at Tri-Wing Encampment held at Camp Fretterd Military Reservation in Reisterstown, Maryland.

Encampment is a week long program designed for Civil Air Patrol cadets in Phase I and II of the cadet program. Encampment completion is a requirement for the Mitchell Award (which signifies successful completion of Phase II of the Cadet Program) and consideration for participation on Regional Cadet Leadership School (RCLS) and National Cadet Special Activities (NCSAs).

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4th of July 2017


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Christine de Souza, 175th Cyber Operations Group

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CSFI Director (Cyber Warfare Operations Officer | 175th Cyber Operations Group) Christine de Souza presents on Cyberspace Operations and CPTs

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Holly-Dale Monych, CSFI Canadian Fellow

Holly-Dale CSFI Fellow

CSFI Canada

Holly-Dale Monych, MCSE, MCDBA
Western Canadian Government, Corporate Executive Learning Consultant
CSFI Canadian Fellow

Holly-Dale avows that ‘Training is Always Cheaper than a Breach’. As an award winning business development leader with Global Knowledge, she has accumulated over 15 years of corporate training, curriculum development, and learning consulting experience; specifically in the areas of Cybersecurity & Privacy, Digital Risk Management, Agile Transformation, Business and IT Alignment, Business Analysis, Project Management, and Digital Leadership Skills.

In her roles as the Executive Training and Development Learning Advisor for the Canadian Government’s Western Region, Holly-Dale is currently developing Security and Privacy programs for Canada’s Provincial Government employees and working on IT readiness training solutions for the Royal Mounted Police and the Canadian Department of National Defense. These initiatives are critical learning paths to ensure that technical teams and end users alike know how to respectively shield their organizations from the increased risk of cyber warfare attacks.

As CSFI’s Fellow in Canada, Holly-Dale is excited to evangelize the CSFI Mission to expand Cyber Warfare awareness through education and training. She believes that collaboration and knowledge-sharing is the most effective way to ensure that intelligence grows exponentially in the Cyber Warfare domain.

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Christine de Souza


Christine de Souza
Director | CSFI
Cyber Warfare Operations Officer | 175th Cyber Operations Group

Christine de Souza is a seasoned cyber security professional working as an Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO) specializing in Government compliance. She is a Director of the Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI), where she volunteers her talents to help further the cause of cyber awareness and collaboration. Christine also serves part-time as a Cyber Warfare Operations Officer in the 175th Cyber Operations Group (COG) of the Maryland Air National Guard (MD ANG) in support of US CYBERCOMMAND, where she participates in the Exercise Cell and the State Partnership for Peace program and has been awarded the Airman of the Year Ribbon from the U.S. Air Force in 2009 and 2013. She has recently returned from being activated in support of the 856th Cyber Protection Team (CPT). Christine holds an associate’s degree in Information Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF), a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Ashford University, and a dual master’s degree in Cybersecurity with concentrations in Cyber Intelligence and Computer Forensics from Utica College. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and four children.

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Welcome Rizwan Ali, Colonel (ret.), US Air Force! NEW CSFI Board Member!

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Rizwan Ali Colonel (ret.), US Air Force CSFI Advisory Director Managing Director, cyMars, LLC. Former Team Leader Task Force Cyber (CISO) at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE)- NATO.

Rizwan “Riz” Ali, is Founder and Managing Director of cyMars, LLC, a C-suite and corporate cybersecurity consulting company. He is a retired Colonel from the Air Force with three decades of experience in cyber security, information technology and space systems.

Riz has held the military equivalent of C-suite and corporate-level jobs to include CEO, COO, CIO and CISO positions and has a history of working on corporate governance, advisory and non-profit boards. He also has extensive international work experience in Europe (Belgium, Germany, Italy, Estonia), Asia (Turkey, Kuwait,Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Japan) and Africa (Gabon, Tanzania, Ethiopia).

His work has had national and international impact. He was on the inter-governmental teams that wrote the President’s National Security Space Policy and the Secretary of Defense’s Space Policy. Additionally, he was on the international teams which wrote NATO’s Enhanced Cyber Defense Policy and the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) cyber policy.

During his military career, Riz commanded four large organizations, including a combat communications squadron, an airbase communications squadron, a 1,500-person combat support group and an Air Force-level center. His other assignments have taken him from field units to combat headquarters to The Pentagon. In his last position in the military, he was responsible for establishing and implementing cyber policies and strategies on behalf of SACEUR and NATO’s military commands. He also advised NATO headquarters and NATO Allies on cyber issues. Prior to that position, he was commander of the Air Force Network Integration Center, the US Air Force’s largest cyber security and engineering organization with over 1,000 personnel and responsibilities across the Air Force.

Riz’s articles have been published in Joint Force Quarterly, Strategic Studies Quarterly, Three Swords Magazine, Air Force Commentaries, Air Force Research Institute and his most recent article about implementing cyber as a domain of operations within NATO is scheduled to be published in a peer-reviewed cyber security journal. He has also authored numerous, widely circulated, internal white-papers, reports and articles.

His academic credentials include a Bachelor of Engineering (specializing in Electrical Engineering) from Stevens Institute of Technology, a Master of Public Administration from Troy University, and Masters degrees from Air Command and Staff College and the highly selective, National War College.

Riz holds a CISSP and is Founder of The Cyber Loop, an influential discussion group of senior cyber security experts established in 2008. He has also had major speaking engagements at conferences and schools in the US, Europe and Australia.

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Admiral Rogers, USCYBERCOM/NSA

Paul de Souza CSFI Admiral Rogers USCYBERCOM NSAPaul de Souza, CSFI Founder and Admiral Rogers USCYBERCOM/NSA

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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