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Protecting Your Enterprise from the Human Element: Your Employees and Corporate Spies

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Protecting Your Enterprise from the Human Element: Your Employees and Corporate Spies (Cyber Security Summit)

Moderated by Ryan Spelman, Senior Director, Center for Internet Security

Ronald Yearwood, Section Chief of Cyber Operations III, Cyber Division, The FBI, Paul De Souza, Founder & President, Cyber Security Forum Initiative, Justin Fier, Director of Cyber Intelligence & Analytics, Darktrace, John Smith, Sr. Security Engineer, ExtraHop Networks, Kristina Tanasichuk, Founder and CEO, Government Technology & Services Coalition

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Paul de Souza and Doron Ben-David (Steve) from Fauda

In Be’er Sheva (the cyber city of Israel) Paul De Souza presented the CSFI challenge coin to Doron Ben-David (Steve) from the Netflix hit show Fauda. Big shout out to Ronen Edri CEO and founder TripleCyberness for making this unique experience a reality!

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Paul De Souza presented the CSFI challenge coin to Doron Ben-David (Steve) from the Netflix hit show Fauda


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Golan Heights

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CSFI Radicalization and Counter Cyber Jihadist Operations Analyst (RCCJOA)


What Students Will Learn

Professional and academic discourse around radicalization with the intent to disrupt, isolate, and dismantle terrorist organizations.

How religious extremists use social media and social networks to recruit.

The do’s and do not’s of government (including military) response to recruiting by religious extremists.

How to read social media profiles of potential targets to understand the human terrain.

The use of scripture by religious civil society to combat and suppress extremism.

Final hands-on exercise lab and testing.

Time Frame: 1 Day

Course Pricing: $1,300 per student

Certification: RCCJOA

Minimum Number of Students: 8

For more information please contact CSFI at:

Course Outline

World History and Islam 101
Learn about the world from a macro-level to understand political & cultural contexts that shape our globe
Learn about Islam specifically: origins, beliefs, empire expansion and contact with Christian Europe
Terrorism from talk to action, The Toronto 18 Terror Plot
See from a real-life example of a terrorist plot and how a group of youth moved from talk to action
Notes and commentary on human intelligence operations in counter terrorism prosecutions
Identifying vulnerable persons guide for LE: patrol officers, border control, analysts, operators and managers
The A to Z of ISIS
Recruiting of males, females and child soldiers, propaganda, incitement & attack methods etc.
Discussion of the concept, “Terrorism in Islamic Costume” with extensive references to Islamic Scriptures
Catalog of ISIS attacks: how to learn from past incidents
Red Team Exercise
Malware Analysis Hands-On Lab (OSINT techniques) – Syrian Electronic Army (SEA)Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTPs).
“Terrorists employ the Internet for recruiting, training, motivating, and synchronizing their followers. The enemy frequently operates essentially unrestrained and is free to innovate and exploit its potential. Cyberspace provides new and important means and methods to collect and process large amounts of information on the local populace and insurgents.”
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The end state of CSFI’s unique Radicalization and Counter/Cyber Jihadist Operations Analyst (RCCJOA) training and certification is to support the warfighter, the intelligence community, and law enforcement to strategically defeat terrorist organizations and their affiliates and adherents through the use of cyberspace.

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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Paul de Souza and Bradford Rand

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Paul de Souza and Bradford Rand, Washington DC 2018.

Paul De Souza and Bradford Rand after a successful cyber security event in Washington DC, 2018.

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CSFI is looking for #Arabic Linguist Volunteers!

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CSFI is looking for #Arabic Linguist Volunteers!

Native fluency in Arabic and excellent command of English language, strong technical background in hardware, software and internet technologies, knowledge and experience in translating texts from Arabic into English, as well as editing and proofreading experience.

Must have:

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

Higly desirable:
CT/CI background
#OSINT knowledge

Upon successful completion of the internship program (12 month commitment), the volunteer will receive a letter of recommendation, a certificate from CSFI along with professional exposure and recognition in the cyber security/cyber warfare markets.

#cyber #volunteering #counterterrorism #counterintelligence

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Thomas C. Wingfield (NDU) and Paul de Souza (CSFI)

It was a pleasure to get together with Thomas Wingfield from #NDU National Defense University at the College of Information and Cyberspace #CIC @Fort Mcnair. Thomas is shaping the future of American national security and strengthening our allies.


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Cyber Security Forum Initiative booth at the Cyber Security Summit 2018

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Awesome Cyber Security Forum Initiative booth at the Cyber Security Summit, DC Metro. Thank you Hannah Phillips Natalia Kulczycki and Daria Etezadi for managing our booth! Thank you Bradford Rand for putting together such an impressive event in DC!

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Christine de Souza and Women in Technology (WIT)

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Paul de Souza, CSFI and Christine de Souza, (USAF/DHS/CSFI/SOSi)

Christine de Souza was a finalist for the Women in Defense category at this year’s #WIT Leardership Awards, and I had the pleasure of accompanying her at this prestigious event. Thank you for your amazing service to America, Christine!

Women in Technology (WIT) has the sole aim of advancing women in technology — from the classroom to the boardroom.




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American Legion Post 34 – Patrick Henry


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What is the mission of American Legion Post 34 – Patrick Henry?
Uphold the constitution of the United States

American Legion Post 34, which also operates under the name Patrick Henry, is located in Brooklyn, Maryland. This organization primarily operates in the Veterans’ Organization business / industry within the Membership Organizations sector. This organization has been operating for approximately 60 years.

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.

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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