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US Marines get CSFI-DCOE Certified. Semper Fi!

USMC CSFI-DCOE Graduates (Oct 2012)
CSFI would also like to recognize our NATO student from the Romanian Navy who participated in this training with the USMC.

CSFI-DCOE Cyber Operations Hands-on lab

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US goes on cyberwar offensive

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Military Cyber Security Symposium (Building Cyber Warriors and Cyber Corps)





The number of cyber-attacks on DoD and Government networks estimated at 400 million annually—continues to increase at an alarming pace as adversaries, both homegrown and foreign, acquire increasingly sophisticated tools with which to attempt to penetrate our systems. The combined DHS/DOD cyber budget proposals for 2012 exceed $4.2 billion with DHS nearly $1 billion and DoD requesting over $3 billion. The President has also identified cyber security as a critical imperative for national security. Increasing dependence upon the internet, declining IT budgets, and new computing paradigms (cloud, open source, etc.) have exacerbated cyber security problems.

This exceptional conference brought together the senior level military, government and industry experts who are defining the requirements and shaping the solutions in cyber security and computer network defense.
I truly enjoyed the event and as usual Mr. Bradford Barrett delivered a high quality cyber security event with great value!

CSFI had the opportunity to run a booth at the TTC Military Cyber Security event along with a fantastic presentation by Mr. Guess-Johnson:

Mr. Anthony Guess-Johnson, CSFI Senior Information Assurance Officer, Cyber Security Forum Initiative

Mr. Anthony Guess-Johnson is a Subject Matter Expert in the Information Assurance (IA) group supporting the Chief Information Assurance Officer (CIAO).  He assists in the development of information assurance strategies, policy and guidelines. He provides consultation in the development of processes to solve Information Assurance and Information Security issues. Represents CSFI at various DoD and Federal meetings and symposiums.

He has operational experience from currently serving fourteen years in the United States Marine Corps to include: two deployments to Iraq, two deployments to Afghanistan, one deployment to the Mediterranean Sea, and six tours in Okinawa Japan. In his professional capacity he assists the USMC within training personnel and providing support to exercises He has presented to the George Washington University in his professional capacity stressing the challenges of cyberspace operations and the importance of collaboration among interested parties. Mr. Guess-Johnson also assists with the review of CSFI training curriculum, course structure, and the design of collaboration forums.

TOPIC of this briefing: Building Cyber Warriors and Cyber Corps

Mr. Guess-Johnson covered the following topics:

What are Cyber Warriors

Warrior and Warrior Corps Concept

Appliers and Managers of Warfare

Cyber Warrior and Cyber Corps Concept

Spectrum of Planning

Posturing the Cyber Work Force

CSFI Efforts at building Cyber Warriors and Cyber Corps

If you would like to have CSFI present at your event please send an email to

Become a CSFI-DCOE (Defensive Cyberspace Operations Engineer). This is a unique CSFI certification track covering cyber operations (full spectrum). This track is designed to give the cyber warrior of today advanced capabilities.

The Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI) is a non-profit organization headquartered in Omaha, NE and in Washington DC with a mission “to provide Cyber Warfare awareness, guidance, and security solutions through collaboration, education, volunteer work, and training to assist the US Government, US Military, Commercial Interests, and International Partners.” CSFI was born out of the collaboration of dozens of experts, and today CSFI is comprised of a large community of nearly 18000 Cyber Security and Cyber Warfare professionals from the government, military, private sector, and academia. Our amazing members are the core of all of our activities, and it is for them that we are pushing forward our mission.


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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