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New CSFI Fellow! – Retired Navy Commander


Meg Reed has over twenty years of experience working in the cybersecurity/information assurance (IA) field in various federal customer environments. Key focus areas include security program evaluation, risk assessment, risk management, system/application control validation, and security process development.  Experience with the Department of Defense (DOD) Risk Management Framework (RMF), DOD Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP), security testing and evaluation, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security, privacy, policy research, architecture analysis, and contingency planning.
Ms. Reed is currently a lead cybersecurity subject matter expert (SME) for a DOD customer in support of fielding and upgrade of an enterprise business system’s applications.  She provides direct support to the system integrator to fulfill cybersecurity requirements ensuring confidentiality, integrity, and availability throughout the application lifecycle.
Ms. Reed is a retired US Navy veteran.  She served on active duty and in the Reserves, first as an enlisted member and then as an officer.
Relevant Education:
·         Masters, Engineering Management, George Washington University
·         Graduate Certificate, Information Security Management, George Washington University
·         Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), ISC2
·         Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), ISACA
·         Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT), IAPP
·         ITIL Version 3 Foundations (through Beyond 20)
·         Defensive Cyberspace Operations Engineer (DCOE) certificate (CSFI)

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New CSFI Advisory Board Director Ms. Dare King – Former Senior Intelligence Service Officer at the CIA.


Dare King is an Executive Vice President at Babel Street, a web-monitoring software company specializing in advanced linguistic analysis. In this role, she is responsible for delivering solutions that transition the innovative technology and analytic power of Babel Street into the unique operating environment of National Security customers. She also leads the Babel Street Intelligence Community and Cyber business portfolios.

Prior to joining Babel Street, Ms. King was a Senior Intelligence Service officer at the CIA, with a fifteen-year career that spanned three Directorates. Most recently she led the largest group in CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence where she managed cyber infrastructure, data, analytic software, and data science activities. Prior to that, she established the first data science program in the DNI’s Open Source Center, delivered first of kind data-driven analytic products to senior policy makers, and was an executive advisor to the CIA Associate Deputy Director. Ms. King began her Agency career as a Technical Intelligence Officer leading and conducting technical operations worldwide. Before joining federal service, Ms. King worked as a manufacturing engineer at General Motors for four years. Ms. King has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of the Pacific and a Master’s of Engineering from Purdue University.


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CSFI Trains and Certifies The New Jersey National Guard

Paul_de_Souza_CSFI_NJ_National_Guard_Christine_de_Souza_DCOE_trainingLt. Col Deon, Paul de Souza, Christine de Souza, Ed Peace, and Major Bayless

“The Guard has proven itself to be the force of first choice, not a force of last resort, across many of our vital missions” – Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.




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Help Wanted! Join the CSFI Team of Certified Instructors!

CSFI_Certified_Instructor_bannerCSFI is looking for qualified individuals to grow our pool of instructors. While we could use instructors all over the nation, the greatest need is in the local DMV area. Various curriculum instructors are needed, but all require US citizenship and US military experience.

Other qualifications, requirements, and responsibilities are dependent on the particular course. See below.

Introduction to Cyber Warfare and Operations Design (ICWOD)
Ideal for Cyberspace Operations Planners or other similar positions.
Experience planning and conducting exercises and report preparation
Familiarity with the Joint Operation Planning Process (JOPP)
US cyber warfare doctrine knowledge
Experience with various types of cyber threats and attack vectors and the consequences of cyber attacks

Defensive Cyberspace Operations Engineer (DCOE)
Ideal for Cyberspace Operations Engineers/Operators or other similar positions.
Advanced Linux knowledge
DCO/OCO/NETOPS operational experience
Familiarity with the PBED process preferred
Will be required to facilitate technical lab exercises and a Capture-The-Flag capstone event

Certified Collections Analyst (CCA)
Ideal for Collections Operators or other similar positions.
Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) experience
Intelligence driven collections operations experience
Knowledge of intelligence product tailoring
Deep packet analysis experience preferred

These are part-time positions (one to two weeks every one to three months) with very competitive pay. This is a great way to make supplemental income while supporting the nation’s cyber warfighters! May involve opportunities to travel both nationally and internationally.

*Must be a US citizen and must have US military experience.
For more information or to apply to become a Certified CSFI Instructor (CCI), email resume to


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Radicalization and Counter/Cyber Jihadist Operations Analyst – RCCJOA

Radicalization and Counter Cyber Jihad Operations Analyst RCCJOA Radicalization and Counter/Cyber Jihadist Operations Analyst – RCCJOA. Email CSFI at for training requests.

CSFI screens all applications and will not allow any applicant whose name appears on the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Controls (OFAC) Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) List or on OFAC’s Consolidated List to enroll in a CSFI-sponsored course.

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New CSFI Fellow! LT Natalie Schibell, MSC, USN.

Natalie A. Schibell, MPH Lieutenant, MSC, USN, Navy_CSFI_Fellow

Natalie will help support our CSFI Non-profit Officer Mock Board program:

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CSFI and The Swedish National Defence University – Försvarshögskolan

Gazmend Huskaj, CISM PhD Project in Cyber Operations The Swedish Defence University_and_Paul de Souza, CSFI_GWU_IWP_SEDUPaul de Souza, CSFI and Gazmend Huskaj, CISM PhD Project in Cyber Operations The Swedish Defence University. Sweden 2017.

Ett särskilt tack till #Gazmend Huskaj och #Janne Haldesten på #FHS för att ha fått föreläst för en extremt begåvad åhörarskara på Försvarshögskolan i #Stockholm, Sverige. #Cyberspace Operations #CSFI.US Nordisk-amerikansk samverkan när den är som bäst!

A special thanks to #Gazmend Huskaj and #Janne Haldesten at #SEDU for the opportunity to brief an extremely smart audience at the Swedish Defence University in #Stockholm, Sweden. #Cyberspace Operations #CSFI.US Nordic-American co-operation at its best!

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The Swedish Defence University is situated on Drottning Kristinas väg 37 in Östermalm, Stockholm City Centre, next to the campus of the Royal Institute of Technology.




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Jarno Limnéll and Paul de Souza

Oli hauskaa viettää aikaa Jarno Limnéll, Ben Ottoman, Hannu Valkama ja käydä Suomessa. 🇫🇮 #Finland. Had a great and productive time in Finland!


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Finland 2017


Kunnioitan sankarivainajia, jotka kaatuivat puolustaessaan Suomea. 100 vuotias Suomi.

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CSFI DCO/HUNT Lab Project Apply Now!


CSFI ( is looking for volunteers to be part of an exciting project covering DCO (Defensive Cyberspace Operations) and HUNT activities.

Project members will work with PM to create VMs and build the appropriate environment for the lab network.

Project Duration: 4 months
NOTE: CSFI will provide a certificate of participation at the end of the project. This is a great opportunity to network with peers and support the CSFI mission.

Preferred Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Security, a related technical field or equivalent experience.

5 or more years of information security engineering, administration, and cyber threat research/analysis experience.
Relevant technical certifications (CISSP, OSCP, GIAC, CCNA/CCNP Security).
Engineering and/or architecture experience with web applications, application stacks, web application firewalls, intrusion detection sensors, anti-malware technologies, vulnerability scanning technologies, and/or APT prevention technologies.

Applicants must be willing to sign NDA and code of conduct.
US Citizens and NATO members only.
Send resume with contact information to


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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