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Cyber Defence, Istanbul 2011

Cyber Defence 2011 took place at the Marriott Asia in Istanbul, Turkey. CSFI and SMi worked together to make this event happen. It was a pleasure to be there and support our CSFI speakers that I invited to be part of this conference.

As part of our CSFI group, we had Roger Kuhn (Science Advisor, Fleet Cyber Command/Commander, 10th Fleet), Joel Langill (CSFI DCI Officer CEH, CPT, CCNA, TUV FS-Eng ID 1772-09, CSFI Department of Critical Infrastructure – DCI, Ambassador David Smith (The Georgian Security Analysis Center – GSAC and Khatuna Mshvidobadze (Senior Associate at the Georgian Security Analysis Center).

Ambassador David Smith, Paul de Souza, Roger Kuhn and Khatuna Mshvidobadze, Istanbul 2011.

Mr. Kuhn presented on Cyber Operations and the Navy efforts in protecting cyberspace and the current warfighting challenges, along with both offensive and defensive actions in cyberspace.

 Joel Langill presented on STUXNET and the importance of securing our infrastructure.  Ambassador Smith and Khatuna Mshvidobadze presented on the Russian vs. Georgia cyber warfare event, which is part of cyber warfare history and still extremely relevant to our reality. I would like to thank our presenters who walked the extra mile to make this a successful event. I would also like to thank SMi and the country of Turkey for kindly organizing and hosting this event.

Joel Langill presenting on STUXNET, Istanbul 2011.

Brig Gen Rob Rego, USAF.

I would like to point out that Brig Gen Rob Rego, USAF, opened the event as the keynote speaker with a great introduction to mission assurance, and I have posted his presentation here:

I would like to extend a special thanks to Ambassador David Smith and his staff from Tbilisi, Georgia for being such exceptional hosts while on my visit in the country of Georgia.

Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder Director.

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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