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New CSFI Fellow Alex Keedy!

Welcome our new Cyber Security Forum Initiative #CSFI Fellow (Cyber Threat Intelligence), Alex Keedy!
Alex will help shape and influence CSFI’s #CTI related activities through volunteering and collaborative efforts in the CSFI community.

Alex Keedy is a cyber threat intelligence specialist currently focusing on financially-motivated cybercriminal activity in her position managing Fortune 500 clients at Intel 471. She previously briefed C-suite clients from Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 organizations during her time working for a managed service provider at Deloitte. Her responsibilities included profiling underground forum threat actors, tracking Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) groups, and delivering strategic briefs on relevant cyber threats. Her previous cyber experience includes leading the cyber threat intelligence operations for a global pharmaceutical company during her two years working at Booz Allen Hamilton. She achieved her first Master’s degree in international relations with a focus in intelligence studies and is currently at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School as an MBA candidate. She additionally interned at the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security, where she analyzed domestic cyber threats and served as a public liaison.

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Election Security Event (Quantico)

CSFI Staff from left to right: Leah Skowron, CSFI Administrative Officer (National Security and Intelligence) Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder, and Christine de Souza, CSFI Director. Great turn out for the ELECTION SECURITY PANEL EVENT hosted at the Cyber Bytes Foundation.
Incredible CSFI Team! Pete Schiefelbein, Anthony Guess-Johnson, Christine de Souza, Paul de Souza, and Leah Skowron

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President’s Volunteer Service Award

Honored to present the President’s Volunteer Service Award to Roger W. Kuhn, for years of volunteer work with the Cyber Security Forum Initiative in the protection of American national security. This award honors individuals whose service positively impacts communities in every corner of the nation and inspires those around them to take action, too. The PVSA has continued under each administration, honoring the volunteers who are using their time and talents to solve some of the toughest challenges facing our nation.

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Welcome our new CSFI Fellow Olga Nasibullina (Country of Ukraine)!

Olga Nasibullina (country Ukraine) has 13 years of managerial experience on the Head of a multinational business in Ukraine. She has a comprehensive portfolio of implementation of international business standards in Ukraine-based companies. She has a robust crisis management experience, being a country manager of industrial business.
Since 2019 Olga has been deeply involved in transferring all her professional experience to Ukraine’s cybersecurity sphere. She is leading the first Ukrainian training project for cybersecurity professionals – Cyber School. Her project CyberPeople, provides consulting services in cybersecurity recruitment, operational and financial management for startups, and creating outsourcing teams in Ukraine for international companies.

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CSFI and The Czech Republic

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V CSFI jsme hrdi na to, že jsme silným spojencem a podporovatelem České republiky v oblasti kybernetické bezpečnosti na vládní úrovni. Jsme připraveni podporovat a zvelebovat vztahy mezi USA a Českou republikou za jakýchkoliv okolností.
Je mi osobní ctí spolupracovat s Českou republikou!

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Abby Dykes is Presented with a CSFI Coin

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Abby is a CSFI Administrative Officer at the Cyber Security Forum Initiative.

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Career Hacking Village

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Come on into the #DEFCON Career Hacking Village #discord if you’d like to chat with some great folks on how to advance your security career!! Special thanks to “HeadShrinker” for inviting me to do mock interviews in support of our cybersecurity community. Isaac de Souza will be volunteering in discord.

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Top 100 Women in Cybersecurity for 2020

Christine de Souza_SOSi

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CSFI Cyber Spartan! Apply Now!

CSFI Cyber Spartan Program

Apply now to become a Cyber Security Forum Initiative #CSFI Cyber Spartan! This prestigious title is earned by becoming a CSFI ( course developer. Send your resume to

As a CSFI Cyber Spartan course developer you will support our CSFI mission, network with peers, and develop your cybersecurity skills in a CSFI private portal dedicated to CSFI Cyber Spartans.

Basic qualifications are as follows:

1- US veterans have a preference

2- *Advanced* TCP/IP knowledge

3- *Advanced* Linux/Windows knowledge

4- Pentesters/Ethical Hackers/CTF hands-on-experience

5- VMware and knowledge of virtual environments

6 – Malware Analysis

7- Remote work

Benefits of volunteering with CSFI for this position:

* Opportunity to network with unique contacts

* Rights to use display the CSFI Cyber Spartan logo on business cards, website, LinkedIn profile, recognition, etc.

* Letter of recommendation from CSFI (depending on performance)

* Access to CSFI private development portal

* CSFI is an organization certified by the PVSA (President’s Volunteer Service Award) NOTE: The PVSA certificate can only be issued to US citizens.

ALL members of this team must sign an NDA and a code of conduct.

#cyberdefense #coursedeveloper #cybersecurity #cyberwarfare #DCO #OCO #NETOPS #HUNT

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Proud to be selected as an American Public University Ambassador

Ambassadors exemplify the qualities of leadership, scholarship, and commitment to the mission of the university. One of the greatest strengths of American Military University and American Public University is the passion and enthusiasm of our students and graduates. The University Ambassador Program is comprised of students and alumni from American Military University and American Public University who value the importance of learning and exemplify the qualities of leadership, scholarship, and commitment to the mission of the University System.

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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