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Dr. Paul de Souza, CSFI President

Dr. Paul de Souza is the founder of the Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI), he serves as an advisor for the MCPA (Military Cyber Professionals Association). He is faculty at George Washington University. Dr. de Souza has over 20 years of cybersecurity experience and worked as the Chief Security Engineer for AT&T. Mr. de Souza has a master’s degree in National Security Studies (MA) with a concentration in Terrorism from American Military University, West Virginia, the Harvard University’s Senior Executive Program Certificate in Cybersecurity, Boston, MA, and a Ph.D. in Critical Infrastructure from Capitol Technology University, Laurel, MD. 

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H.E. Dr. Al Kuwaiti and Dr. Paul de Souza

🇦🇪 Great progress in Dubai!
Had an exciting meeting with the Head of Cyber Security for the United Arab Emirates Government, UAE, H.E. Dr. Al Kuwaiti. We’ll be looking towards effective collaboration to take place between the Cyber Security Forum Initiative and the UAE. 

Both public and private sector organizations in the #UAE are currently planning to expand their investments in cyber security protection and training. I am happy to announce that #CSFI has a key role in bringing the United States and the UAE closer together in cyber collaborative efforts for improved national security for both nations.

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Dr. Paul de Souza and Colonel Candice E. Frost

Dr. Paul de Souza, CSFI and Colonel Candice E. Frost

Colonel Candice E. Frost is the Commander of the Joint Intelligence Operations Center at Cyber Command where she is responsible for providing and producing the intelligence required to support the Cyber Commander and staff, subordinate component commands, joint task forces, and the national intelligence community.

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New Zealand Embassy Cyber Event 2022

Chris Inglis (Office of the National Cyber Director), Dr. Paul de Souza (Cyber Security Forum Initiative), USMC Lt. Gen. (ret.) Michael Groen, USAF Brigadier General (ret.) Gregory Touhill and U.S. Army Major General (ret.) John Davis at The Embassy of New Zealand in Washington, D.C. Thanks to Ambassador Bede Corry, Tom Billington, and the team! The White House

🇳🇿New Zealand is a powerhouse in the cyber security domain. The country has world-class capabilities and experience in the public and private sectors and is home to some of the world’s most innovative and forward-thinking organizations. #cybersecurity#newzeland#togetherwearestronger

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Dr. Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder

Dr. Paul de Souza at “The Cave” Virginia, 2022

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CSFI Advisory Board Lt. Gen. Michael Groen (ret.)

🇺🇸 Our Newest Member of the #CSFI Advisory Board! Lt. Gen. Michael Groen(ret.), former Director of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, DOD.

👏 Please, welcome, Lt. Gen. Michael Groen (ret.) to our Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI) Advisory Board! #semperfi

Michael S. Groen is a retired United States Marine Corps lieutenant general who last served as the Commander of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center. Previously, he was the Deputy Chief of Computer Network Operations of the National Security Agency (NSA). 

Detailed BIO:
United States Marine Corps#USMC#artificialintelligence#cybersecurity#leadership#nationalsecurity#marine

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Berta Jarosova

🇨🇿🇺🇸🇨🇦What a pleasure to have breakfast with the new Cezch Cyber Attaché to the United States and Canada, Berta Jarosova!

Berta has consistently demonstrated the highest standards of professional conduct in everything she does. She’s undoubtedly a national asset to the Czech Republic! The United States and Canada will highly benefit from her work here in DC. I will miss Michal Thim, but I know I will see him around. 🙂

✨Welcome to Washington DC, Berta

Picture: From left to right, Berta JarosovaDr. Paul de Souza, and Michal Thim.  

National Cyber and Information Security Agency#NÚKIB#cyber#informationsecurity#nationalsecurity#cyberdefenseCyber Security Forum Initiative#CSFI

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HammerCon 2022

Paul de Souza, CSFI/MCPA and Joe Billingsley MCPA

🎖️HammerCon is a top-notch military cyber event in America! Leading military cyber professionals came together to discuss the latest threats, technologies, and approaches to keeping our nation safe.

🇺🇸 Some of the incredible featured speakers were Jeff Moss, Chris Inglis, Paul CraftChristopher Cleary, PMP, CISSPCongressman Jim Langevin Thomas WingfieldChris RobertsAmanda MasonDiane M Janosek, PhD, JDScott StalkerMark MontgomeryGeorge FranzCarmine CicaleseBrad E Rhodes, CISSP-ISSEP, CISM, GCIH and many others!   

🇺🇸 Whether you are a seasoned military cybersecurity professional or just getting started in the cyber military field, HammerCon is a must-attend event for the warfighter who wants to stay ahead of the curve in this rapidly evolving cyberspace operations domain. 

🇺🇸 A special thanks to Joe BillingsleyChristine BillingsleyMilitary Cyber Professionals AssociationCyber Security Forum InitiativeCapitol Technology UniversityDr. William (Bill) ButlerBradford Sims, Ph.D., FRAeSMISSION BBQNational Security Agency and many others! 

I had a wonderful experience, and I am looking forward to next year’s event! #MCPA#CSFI

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Paul de Souza and Sarah Lovell

Paul de Souza, CSFI and USAF First Lieutenant Sarah Lovell

🌟It is incredible how one small gesture, introduction, email, phone call, or one moment can change someone’s life for the better. 

We’ve all met people who were a great influence on us, which in turn led us to inspire others. It can become a beautiful cycle of encouragement. 

At #HammerCon I ran into Sarah Lovell, one of the most positive and talented officers I have ever known. 

So proud to see her growth and inspiration to so many others.

The cycle of inspiration that began with Gen Guy Walsh and Christine de Souza, and so many others continues!
Cyber Security Forum InitiativeMilitary Cyber Professionals Association#CSFI#MCPA#militaryAir National GuardCapitol Technology University

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Cyber and Intelligence Discussion

Paul de Souza, Christine de Souza and Cynthia Strand

Great evening with a few #CSFI crew, Christine de Souza(USAF Cyber Warfare Operations Officer) and Cynthia Strand(former CIA/ and a CSFI Advisory Board Member), at the Capitol Hill Club for some productive cyber and intelligence discussion. 
Cyber Security Forum Initiative #cybersecurity#intelligence #cyberwarfare

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January 2023

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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