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SINET Showcase – Washington DC 2010





I was invited and had the opportunity to attend the SINET Showcase at National Press Club in Washington, DC. This event was supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate.

I would like to share some of my thoughts on this great and effective event. Simply put, the SINET Showcase is an event that has the ability to connect emerging security technologies from developers in the private sector to the Federal domain. SINET acts as a mediator facilitating the interaction between Federal investors and talented technology developers. This form of interaction results in a powerful synergy of sorts.

More details about their Showcase can e found here:

SINET brings an effective way of cyber collaboration to table; it is a refreshing experience when compared to the standard cyber security conferences out there and their vendor booth setup. I would recommend conference organizers to take a look at how SINET is doing this.





Dr. Douglas Maughan

I had the opportunity to listen to Dr. Douglas Maughan, Division Director, Cyber Security Division, Science and Technology Directorate, Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Douglas Maughan graciously explained the ins and outs of the R&D funding process by US Federal agencies. One of the main messages from his presentation was the importance of knowing your agency: understand their mission and what they are looking for and also how their acquisition process works. Make sure to contact their Contractor Officer and be ready to show a sane cost proposal. It is clear to me that our government is walking the extra mile to reach out and fund newer technologies. It is up to the private sector to work harder to understand how the process works.

Dr. Douglas Maughan touched on the fact that one of the core drivers for Federal investment for newer technologies in DC is the CNCI Understand the Federal needs in the cyber domain before developing and exposing your technologies in the federal domain. It is about presenting SOLUTIONS through emerging technologies. I have learned through SINET that a vendor who does their homework properly can effectively get the attention of Federal investors by delivering a 9 minute presentation!It was great talking with Dr. Maughan afterwards and know he has been funding some technologies I know and believe in.





Robert D. Rodriguez

I also had the privilege to listen to Robert D. Rodriguez , Chairman and Founder of the Security Innovation Network (SINET) whose focus is on the advancement of IT security innovation into the industry and government markets. Previous to this he spent over twenty-two years as a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service. Robert is a strong supporter of innovation though connections! He understands the current world cyber threat scenario, and he is influencing the game. He is a community developer and a connector in the security community.





Micheal Chertoff

Lastly, I listened to Micheal Chertoff (Co-founder and Managing Principal, Chertoff Group, Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security). Mr. Chertoff talked about power in cyberspace and cyberspace being recognized as a 5th domain of warfare. He also talked about the general public not being aware of the reality of cyber threat vectors and the reality of destruction of trust caused by cyber attacks. His speech was real and right on the money.

In conclusion, I found SINET to be a great event with a lot of true collaboration value. I do recommend SINET if you are a security technology developer looking for federal funding, if you are a vendor looking to get into the Defense market, or even as a security professional looking for opportunities to network.

Paul de Souza,  CSFI Founder| Director

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CSFI-CWD – Hacker Halted Miami Event 2010

From left to right, Rain Ottis, Justin Hornberger, Paul de Souza, Roger Kuhn, Marcus Morissette, Frank Cindrich, and Jeff Bardin.

I was very fortunate to help organize a CSFI panel of speakers as part of a partner relationship between EC-Council and CSFI. Our presentations took place in the Balmoral Room at the beautiful InterContinental Miami hotel. CSFI put together a panel of remarkable speakers in the field of Cyber Warfare. I would like to thank EC-Council for giving CSFI the opportunity to run an event with Hacker Halted 2010. We also ran a CSFI booth where we were given the opportunity to make our mission known and to network.

As usual, I had the support of our CSFI community in making this event a reality. I would like to thank my two loyal CSFI directors Justin Hornberger and Craig Hagenau for their critical logistics and marketing efforts. Many thanks to our CSFI STAFF Bill Varhol, Don Eijndhoven, Marcus Morissette and all of our CSFI Forum managers. Last, but not least, I would like to thank our dedicated panel of speakers and cyber visionaries:

Roger Kuhn: Office of Naval Research (ONR), Science Advisor to USN Fleet Cyber Command (FLTCYBERCOM)/Commander, 10th Fleet (C10F).

Kevin G. Coleman: Cyber Security Strategic Advisor to Business, Government and Industry at the Technolytics Institute.

Jeff Bardin: VP, Chief Security Strategist, XA Systems.

Rain Ottis: Scientist at Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence.

Frank Cindrich, JD: Independent Consultant and Strategist.

Tim Treat: Manager at Mandiant.

We are responsible for what we know and how we benefit our society, our nation and our allies from it. I was very pleased to witness an extraordinary group of individuals who carry a message of warning and knowledge. Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something.

I will be posting the actual presentations on our CSFI website along with pictures of our presenters.

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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