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THOUGHTS ON CYBER WARFARE

Michigan bounces back with cyber style!

Michigan! A cyber state.

Michigan! A cyber state.

Michigan bounces back with cyber style! I was honored to present at the Michigan Collegiate Cyber Defense Network (CCDN) event (http://www.michiganccdn.com) this year. This is an annual event and has grown this year to nine institutions  that competed for the opportunity to represent the state at the regional event later in March, and then ultimately going for the nationals in San Antonio, TX. The competiton took place at Davenport University located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with a fantastic first class campus. CSFI is an official sponsor of this critical event in the state of Michigan.

DAVENPORT UNIVERSITY

DAVENPORT UNIVERSITY

Davenport University debuted in Grand Rapids in 1866, just 16 years after the city was incorporated. Following many decades of growth and transformation, Davenport University has become a leading institution of higher education with campuses across the state of Michigan helping students achieve their career goals in business, technology, and health professions.

There are a lot of great stories of success in Michigan, and each of them has the same theme: Michigan is open for business, and together we’re reinventing the state with relentless positive action.

The cyber defense qualifier and assessment was designed and operated by the Michigan Collegiate Cyber Defense Network (CCDN) . The CCDN is a group of network engineers, security experts ,and educators working together to improve cyber defense education in the state of Michigan. We design, organize, conduct, assess, and evaluate collegiate cyber defense teams in qualifiers, competitions, and other similar events. Our goal is to invoke constructive competitiveness among institutions that will spark creative minds towards student academic success for entry into the highly competitive profession of computer networking and cyber defense.

This is the first year where the students were able to engage in offensive operations against the red team in response to the many forms of cyber attacks to which the blue teams were subjected. This changes the dynamics of these cyber games, and it makes everything a lot more realistic. Students were subjected to red team attacks, service requests, incident reporting, academic testing, defensive operations, offensive operations, social engineering, and more.

The Michigan teams that competed the year included the following:

Davenport University – Grand Rapids

Grand Valley State University

Ferris State University (2 Teams)

Eastern Michigan University

Jackson Community College

Baker College of Flint

Baker College of Clinton Township

Baker College of Jackson

The placement of the teams from this event are as follows:

First Place: Baker College of Jackson

Second Place: Ferris State University

Third Place: Davenport University

I am proud of all the teams as they demonstrated exceptional skill and performance while under pressure both operationally and defensively.

More information will follow on future events!

Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder President

http://www.csfi.us

Paul de Souza presenting at Davenport University

Paul de Souza presents at Davenport University

James Lewis (Cyber Defense Training Systems) presenting to the audience

James Lewis (Cyber Defense Training Systems) presenting to the audience

Baker College Jackson, 1st place!  http://www.baker.edu/campus/jackson/

Baker College Jackson, 1st place and Paul de Souza
http://www.baker.edu/campus/jackson/ 

Baker College Jackson’s BLUE TEAM Cyber Captain: Benjamin Carroll (holding the trophy with Paul de Souza).

Parabolic Grid Antenna with Amplifier (RED TEAM)

Parabolic Grid Antenna with Amplifier (RED TEAM)

WHITE TEAM ROOM

WHITE TEAM C2 ROOM

RED TEAM Captain Nate and faculty members.

RED TEAM CAPTAIN  and faculty members.

Ferris State Univ 2nd Place http://www.ferris.edu

Ferris State Univ 2nd Place
http://www.ferris.edu

Baker College of Clinton Township http://www.baker.edu/campus/clinton-township/

Baker College of Clinton Township
http://www.baker.edu/campus/clinton-township/

Grand Valley State University http://www.gvsu.edu

Grand Valley State University
http://www.gvsu.edu

Davenport Univ 3rd Place http://www.davenport.edu

Davenport Univ 3rd Place
http://www.davenport.edu

Teams at the auditorium

Teams at the auditorium

WHITE TEAM CAPTAIN (AKA the Wizard)

WHITE TEAM CAPTAIN (AKA “The Wizard”)

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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.

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Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder Director

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