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USMC LtGen Vince Steward

It was such a pleasure to see our Cyber Security Forum Initiative #CSFIAdvisory Board member LtGen Vince S. at the United States Marine Corps Information Awards Dinner. #MARFORCYBER Paul de Souza

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It was great to see USMC LtGen Glavy at the 2021 #MCA Information Awards Dinner! LtGen Glavy serves as the Deputy Commandant for Information and 2nd commander of the Marine Corps Forces Strategic Command. He previously served as commander of the Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command (#MARFORCYBER). This dinner showcased the top-performing Marines, civilians, and units from the #C4#Intelligence, and #Cybercommunities.

From Left to Right is Christine de Souza, USMC LtGen Glavy, and Paul de Souza

A very special thanks to Cesar Nader (USMC, Ret.) for inviting us to attend such an incredible event. 

It was also great to see Matthew WeaverJonathan Payton, and ♦️Amanda Sawicz♦️at the event. 

Gen Paul Nakasone (NSA/USCYBERCOM) was the Guest Speaker. 
Marine Corps AssociationX Corp Solutions, Inc.Cyber Security Forum Initiative#CSFICyber Bytes Foundation#CBFUnited States Marine Corps#USMC

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Isaac de Souza, CSFI Lab Validator

Isaac de Souza

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Isaac plays a crucial role in our IT/Lab Validation team and the company’s success. Talented workers like him make the organization what it is today!

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Paul de Souza, CSFI

📣Presenting at DEF CON 29 with a Fantastic Team of Cyber Professionals! 

I am proud to be a moderator/panelist with such incredible critical infrastructure and cyber professionals: Helio Sant’AnaMSc Max CamposThomas VanNorman, CISSP, GICSP, and John Felker.

✔️Panel topic: ICS Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) Information Sharing Between Brazil and the United States. 🇺🇸🇧🇷


#Brazil and the United States must improve coordinated responses to cyber attacks against critical infrastructure. Brazil and the United States seek to enhance coordination at all levels on cyber issues, including bilateral cyber threat intelligence management discussions. 

A special thanks to the ICS VILLAGEPresidência da República, and to all who worked hard to make this happen! Muito obrigado a todos pelo trabalho em conjunto! #cybersecurity#cyberintelligenceCyber Security Forum Initiative#CSFI#criticalinfrastructure

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Benefits of Joining the CSFI Cyber Threat Intelligence Team!

Paul de Souza, Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI)

Cyber Intelligence is a broad-based, interdisciplinary field with applications in both the public and private sectors. Understanding and analyzing human behavior can be applied to all cybersecurity challenges, and organizations that focus on these issues will have a competitive edge.

Cyber Threat Intelligence activities can provide advanced knowledge of threat actors, tools, tactics, victimology, and tradecraft. The CSFI Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) Reporting Team volunteer program can help you enhance your knowledge in this unique field of cyber intelligence. 

The process of determining what constitutes a cyber threat is not as simple as it sounds. 

A threat intelligence program is the most efficient way for organizations to protect themselves against sophisticated adversaries. A sound threat intelligence program provides an organization with constant situational awareness of its network infrastructure and the ability to adapt quickly when it comes across an incident. 

This is no simple task, as many organizations lack a clear understanding about how their preferred software may be exploited, what capabilities adversaries are using in their attacks, or which areas of their networks are weak spots that need improvement. Experts have defined several vital components of both above-the-line and below-the-line threat intelligence: real-time security analytics, specialized data sets, skilled analysts, unified communications platforms, and collaboration tools that increase information sharing between various stakeholders at different levels within the organization.

CSFI CTI Reporting Team members gain experience in operational tradecraft that helps them identify patterns of malicious activity across cyberspace. Our CTI volunteers learn from industry experts by hands-on experience through requests for information (RFIs) and discussions on best practices. Our CSFI CTI Reporting Team members have the potential to grow into high-quality analysts capable of producing actionable intelligence, which is more important than ever before and requires specialized skill sets not found within cybersecurity.

We follow the Threat Intelligence Lifecycle: 

1-    Planning and Direction

2-    Collection

3-    Processing 

4-    Analysis

5-    Dissemination 

6-    Feedback

Our CSFI CTI Reporting Team focuses on tactical threat intelligence. Many security teams struggle to keep pace with a deluge of alerts and indicators of compromise (IOCs). Tactical threat intelligence can help them identify high-risk IOCs that warrant immediate attention and investigate incidents more quickly. While some organizations have built complex data pipelines to collect and correlate all information related to attackers and their tools, tactics, and procedures in order to assemble complete profiles for each actor in their environment, most do not invest the necessary time or resources. Instead, they depend on short-term solutions that focus on reducing the surface area available for attackers to exploit, often using signature-based detection systems. 

CSFI is always looking for committed, talented, and motivated volunteers with the desire to support American national security in cyberspace and that of our allies. This CSFI non-profit effort continues to produce quality CTI reports from the community for the community. The volunteer selection process is not easy, but being part of this elite team is rewarding!

The CTI Reporting Team is seeing continued success because of our community-driven approach. We are committed to producing quality reports from the very people who use them, and this has led to a significant increase in participation across all areas of CTI. If you want to be part of this effort that continues to improve everyone involved, please contact us today!

If you would like to volunteer, please email your CV to

Here are some examples of past CTI products:

This non-profit effort is only possible because of our CSFI Gold Sponsors, CSFI Operational Sponsors, CTI Reporting Team members, and those who serve in silence.

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New CSFI CTI Reporting team member!

Mariia Chykulay

🇺🇦🇺🇸New #CSFI CTI Reporting team member! Марія приєднується до нашої команди звітності щодо розвідки кіберзагрози CSFI. Ми вітаємо її до нашої чудової команди!

Mariia Chykulay is currently a Senior Program Associate working on the #Ukraine portfolio at the International Republican Institute (IRI) in Washington D.C. Previously, Mariia held the role of procurement administrator for the Asia division, where she handled compliance and processed payments for contracts and subawards for the Asia divisions. Mariia has recently graduated from American University’s School of International Service with an M.A. in International Affairs: U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security. Mariia also holds a B.A. in International Relations and Chinese Studies from Drew University. You can speak to her in English, Ukrainian, Russian, Chinese (Mandarin), and Spanish. Mariia believes that understanding cyber-security is imperative to protecting the national security of the United States and that working together with Eastern European allies to enhance understanding of cyber-security and defense is key to achieving that goal. Cyber Security Forum Initiative#nationalsecurity#cybersecurity#cyberthreatintelligence#CTI

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Paul de Souza Presents at GISEC 2021, Dubai, UAE.

I was honored to present in #Dubai at #gisec2021 at the Main Stage (Sheikh Saeed Hall). My presentation analyzed the critical components of American cyber operations, focusing on defensive and offensive strategies.

I covered the topic of forward-deployed cyber ops in grey space where national defense cyber policies can be rendered ineffective, where new American cyber ops paradigms are molding the way conflict in cyberspace is being shaped.

I would like to thank Welma Williams and her incredible team for organizing the largest and most impactful cybersecurity event in the Arab world!

#uae #cybersecurity #cyberwarfare #cyberdefense


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Dubai 2021

Paul de Souza, Dubai Desert 2021

Proud to have presented at #gisec2021 in Dubai and for exploring the beautiful Dubai. I had a super productive time while in the UAE. I hope to see more CSFI efforts in the Arabian region.

GISEC 2021 Event:

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Paul de Souza presents at RSA 2021

Paul de Souza, CSFI President

🗣 Honored to have presented at #rsac2021 this year! Presentation Topic: Cyber Workforce Development: Experience, Education, and Certification. 

🇺🇸 Opportunities are a tangible way to measure a nation’s economic health and democratic values. The very definition of freedom is deeply tied to opportunities.

RSA Conference RSA Security #cybertraining #cyberworkforce #cyberdefense #cybersecurity #nationalsecurity Cyber Security Forum Initiative #CSFI

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CSFI Advisory Board Director, Former Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Director Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, Jr. (Ret.).

I would like to welcome our most recent #CSFI Cyber Security Forum Initiative Advisory Board Director, Former Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Director Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, Jr. (Ret.). 

Lieutenant General Robert P. Ashley, Jr. retired from the U.S. Army November 2020 after over 36 years of activity duty service as an intelligence officer. He assumed his last duty position on 3 October 2017 when he became the 21st Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). He formerly served as the Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-2, where he was the senior advisor to the Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff for all aspects of intelligence, counterintelligence and security. He has commanded at the company, battalion, squadron, and brigade levels with six combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a squadron, brigade commander, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence (J-2). Other key assignments include the Director of Intelligence, United States Army Joint Special Operations Command; the Director of Intelligence, United States Central Command; the Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, International Security Assistance Force and Director of Intelligence, United States Forces, Afghanistan; and Commanding General and Commandant United States Army Intelligence Center and School Fort Huachuca, AZ. Lieutenant General Ashley has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Appalachian State University, a master’s degree in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University (formerly known as the Defense Intelligence College) and a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. Lieutenant General Ashley is the CEO of Ashley Global Leadership and Security (LLC), and a Principal at Deep Water Point.

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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