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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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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

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