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Utica College’s Master Degree in Cyber Security Intelligence and Forensics

Utica College's Cybersecurity Building and Lab

I have had the opportunity to visit Utica College this month and to be able to attend their exciting residency for their Master’s degree in Cyber Security Intelligence and Forensics. Mr. Joe Giordano, Program Director at Utica College, was very kind to give me a tour of their lab and to explain Utica College’s strategy for 2012. Utica College is a CSFI educational partner, and I am looking forward to continue developing our relationship.

Utica’s online MS in Cybersecurity – Intelligence and Forensics trains students to proactively address ever-changing attack and infiltration techniques. A leader in economic crime programs for over 20 years, Utica designed the program in response to calls from cybersecurity professionals for a graduate-level program that combines state-of-the-art practices in intelligence and forensics.

I was very impressed with the quality of their classes, the overall organization of their staff and the excellence of their professors. I participated in some of the labs, and I was glad to see that hands-on exercises are definitely present in this course. The lectures were very interesting and valuable.

Cyber Forensics Classroom

Classes such as Cyber Counterintelligence, Domestic Terrorism & Extremist Groups, Counter-Terrorism & Cyber Conflict, Critical National Infrastructures & National Security, Advanced Telecommunications and many other classes are guaranteed to train and educate our future cyber warriors. The return on investment is clear and definitely present.
I highly recommend the Master’s degree from Utica College and recognize their uniqueness in being one of the few educational organizations to offer a track on Cyber Intelligence in the United States. Please feel free to contact Mr. Giordano at for more information on this exciting and innovative program.
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