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Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection Symposium

Dr. Lydia Kostopoulos

Dr. Lydia Kostopoulos

TTC-CSFI Cyber Security Panel

TTC-CSFI Cyber Security Panel

CSFI’s Chief Cyber Strategist Dr. Lydia Kostopoulos moderated the Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection Symposium

which featured numerous outstanding speakers representing government agencies, organizations and the military, as well as government contractors and representatives from critical infrastructures.

They discussed the cyber threats that critical infrastructures face, cyber forecasts pertinent to national security and best practices among other issues.

The expert panel on “Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Sector Specific Agencies” included:

– Dr. Mica Endsley, Chief Scientist USAF

– Brigadier General (Ret) Gregory Touhill, USAF

– Colonel (Ret) Robert Morris, USAF

– Mr. Rod Turk, Director/CISO Office of Cyber Security, US Department of Commerce

The panel members engaged in a productive discussion and expressed the need to treat cyber attacks as a crime and they proposed the idea of a Cyber SWAT Team that would respond to attacks in real time. When discussing information sharing they talked about the importance of private-public information sharing, the responsibility of due diligence and the problem of attribution identification.

They closed by stressing that we all bear the responsibility of defending our networks and that a critical infrastructure’s employees are its first line of defense.

Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder President



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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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