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Thank you, ​Erin Margolis!

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Erin Margolis representing CSFI at the Homeland Security and Cyber Conference in Israel.

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If someone asked about the world’s oldest Information Warfare and Cyber Conflict conference you might know it as InfoWarCon. Since 1994, IWC has always prided itself on controversial, opinionated and unpopular content-focused discussions (and avoiding the typical vendor or 0-Day topics so typical in too many conferences). This year IWC returned to the DC area where it ran from November 1-3rd. Topic included human trials of nanorobotics, an international panel on cyber ethics moderated by an original member of CYBERCOM, and countering drone Russian Information Warfare.

Pre-conference training included drone operations and building a counter-drone turret. IWC ensured students and conference attendees had the opportunity to interact with the speakers and discuss what comes next.

“IWC provided an environment where I, as a presenter felt compelled to give as much information to the attendees as they could handle. After the talk, the discussion was productive, interactive and humorous, you just do not get that anywhere.”- Dr. Gregory Carpenter after presenting on nanorobotics used to control human muscle movement

Roberta (Bobbie) G. Stempfley, Nick Andersen, Gentry Lane, Marc Jamison, Patrick Neal. INTERNATIONAL PANEL ON CYBER SECURITY AND INFORMATION WARFARE

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Travis Hartman President, IWC Labs, LLC, and Paul de Souza, INFOWARCON Advisory Board

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Partnership Between CSFI and Georgetown University​


Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI). The partnership will provide opportunities for students in Georgetown’s graduate programs in Applied Intelligence and Cybersecurity Risk Management to engage in hands-on experiences addressing threats in the emerging cyber landscape.

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Innovative Collaboration panel at National Defense University

Fifth Annual Cyber Beacon Conference

Cyber Beacon V Innovative Collaboration panel at National Defense University moderated by Harry Wingo (Cybersecurity Faculty Chair at CIC). Panelists: Daniel Peder Bagge (Cyber Attaché of the Czech Republic), RADM(Ret) Janice Hamby (CIC Chancellor Emerita), Paul De Souza (CSFI Founder), and the Honorable Zachary J. Lemnios (VP of Physical Sciences and Government Programs at IBM). Special thanks to Fritz Roegge Thomas Wingfield Joe Billingsley and the CIC team! The event was hosted by National Defense University (NDU) College of Information & Cyberspace (CIC) at Fort McNair in Washington, DC.

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Maj. Gen. (ret.) Joe Brendler Presents at Cyber Beacon

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Joe Brendler, Maj. Gen. (ret.) Former Chief of Staff, US Cyber Command, CSFI Cyber Security Forum Initiative Advisory Director presents at NDU’s Cyber Beacon event.

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Garden Cocktail Reception at the Ambassador’s Residence

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Paul De Souza, CSFI, Hynek Kmoníček, the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United States, Joe Billingsley National Defense University College of Information and Cyberspace.
Special thanks to Ludek Moravec David Frous Tereza Vorlova Daniel Peder Bagge Petra Králíčková Chudobová David Geanacopoulos and CSFI Fellow Berta Jarosova – Wonderful Garden Cocktail Reception at the Ambassador’s Residence!

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Sean Kanuck, Director, Future Conflict and Cyber Security IISS, Daniel Peder Bagge, Cyber Attaché to the United States and Canada, Paul De Souza, CSFI Joe Billingsley, National Defense University (CIC) hashtag#NDU. Embassy of the Czech Republic 2018. Special thanks to Ambassador Hynek Kmoníček and staff!

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Berta Jarosova, Trainee, Department of Cybersecurity, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and CSFI Fellow (Czech Republic). Thank you Berta for supporting our CSFI mission in the Czech Republic!


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Paul De Souza is a new Negev Hi-Tech Faculty Startup Accelerator Advisor, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev


Paul De Souza is a new Negev Hi-Tech Faculty Startup Accelerator Advisor, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Special thanks to Erin Margolis and Shlomi Dolev #BGU Ben-Gurion University of the Negev – Advisors:

Ben-Gurion University (אוניברסיטת בן-גוריון בנגב) is a center for teaching and research with about 20,000 students. Ben-Gurion University was established in 1969 as the University of the Negev with the aim of promoting the development of the Negev desert that comprises more than sixty percent of Israel.

The need for the creation of a faculty start-up pre-accelerator emerged from the first lecture of Prof. Jeffrey Ullman of Stanford University, at BGU (when the Computer Science Department became independent, back in 2000). Prof. Ullman delivered his belief that research in computer science should lead to industrial realization, in particular as part of a start-up founded by faculty members.


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UK/US Cybersecurity Partnership

The UK/US partnership has been a bulwark of international security for over 70 years. Honouring Our Partnership in Cybersecurity.

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Paul de Souza CSFI British Embassy


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Welcome LtGen, USMC (Ret.) John Toolan to our CSFI Advisory Board!

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Lieutenant General John ‘Jocko’ Toolan Jr served as the Commander, Marine Forces Pacific, from August 2014 until August 2016. He retired from active duty on 1 October 2016. Commissioned in 1976 upon graduation from Fordham University, his first assignment was as an infantry platoon commander with 1st Battalion, 9th Marines in Okinawa in 1977. He subsequently served at every command billet in the Infantry, while gaining broad experience in the Joint arena through his service on both the NATO and PACOM staffs. He has an extensive background in the Indo/Asia-Pacific region at both strategic policy and operational levels. He also holds a Master’s of Business Administration from National University. From 1989 to 1991, Lieutenant General Toolan served as the operations officer for 2nd Light Armored Infantry Battalion, a role in which he led and planned ground combat operations in support of Operation JUST CAUSE in Panama and Operation DESERT SHIELD DESERT STORM during the liberation of Kuwait. Following a tour serving as the Commanding Officer of 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Lieutenant General Toolan attended Air Force War College in Montgomery, Alabama, and was subsequently assigned as the Deputy Joint Planning Officer at Supreme Allied Headquarters, Mons, Belgium. In this position, he assumed duties as the Lead Planner for Operation ALLIED FORCE, the liberation of Kosovo, and retrograde operations in Bosnia. Selected to Colonel, he was selected for a training command and then was chosen to serve as the 1st Marine Division Operations Officer for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM I and the “march up” to Baghdad in 2003. Lieutenant General Toolan took command of Regimental Combat Team 1 during combat operations and led the regiment into Baghdad. His regiment returned to Al-Anbar Province, Iraq for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM II in 2004 and led the initial assault into Fallujah. Following regimental command, he was assigned as the Director of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico, Virginia. In this role, he led significant changes to the college’s curriculum to emphasize socio-cultural understanding based on his experiences as a commander during combat operations in Iraq. Promoted to Brigadier General in 2006, assigned to Office of the Secretary of Defense as the Principal Director for Asia/Pacific Affairs, this assignment required extensive understanding of the Asia / Pacific region, and an intense travel schedule, that took him throughout the region, interacting with multiple nations. He was a key participant in negotiations for a revised lay down of forces in the Pacific, assistance programs for the Philippines, and many other initiatives. Selected as Deputy Commander, United States Forces Japan from 2008 to 2010. This tour capitalized on his relationships he had built in the Pacific especially Japan. He was promoted to Major General in 2009. In July 2010, Lieutenant General Toolan was assigned as the Commander of the 2nd Marine Division. In March 2011, he deployed on Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, as the Commanding General, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in the role of Commander, Regional Command (South West) A NATO JOINT command until March 2012. In September 2012, Lieutenant General Toolan was promoted to his current rank and assumed command of the I Marine Expeditionary Force the largest fighting force in the Corps. Lieutenant General Toolan assumed command of Marine Forces, Pacific in August of 2014. Boards, Advisory and other positions: Senior Member—Marine Corps General Officers’ Executive Conference; Senior Mentor—Marine Staff Training Program; Member—National Association Corporate Directors.

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Welcome, New CSFI Fellow Berta Jarosova (Czech Republic)

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Berta Jarosova is a young professional, a current trainee at the Department of Cybersecurity at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and External Collaborator at the Center for Cyber Security and International Relations Studies in Florence, Italy. Previously, she served as a trainee at the Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to the United Nations in New York where she was responsible, inter alia, for cybersecurity agenda, including meetings related to the UN GGE, Freedom Online Coalition and human rights in the digital age. Berta holds an Advanced Master Degree (LL.M.) in Public International Law from Leiden University, The Netherlands and a first-class Bachelor Degree in European and International Law from Sorbonne Law School (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne). She is also an alumni of International Cyber Security Summer School, a multidisciplinary course on cyberwarfare, cybercrime and cyber defence co-organized by NATO Communication and Information Agency and Europol. Berta has initially developed her interest and passion in cybersecurity following the official launch of the Tallinn Manual 2.0 in The Hague and during her graduate studies of hybrid and cyberwarfare. Her current interests include cyber diplomacy, cyberwarfare in the Middle East and the intersection of cyber and space security.


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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