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IT Security Congress 2014 – Fürstenfeldbruck

Paul de Souza presenting on Privacy and National Security, Germany 2014

Paul de Souza presenting on Privacy and National Security, Germany 2014

The two day cyber congress at Fürstenfeldbruck near Munich was one of the most organized events I have presented at with an audience of 500 attendees and 34 exhibitors. The event was hosted in a gorgeous building, mixing the old with the new and bringing together a superb cast of speakers in a very pleasant environment.

Oded Ilan

Keynote speaker Oded Ilan from CyberGym

The keynote speaker Oded Ilan from CyberGym presented on Cyber War: Lessons learned from protecting Israel’s infrastructure.
The CyberGym in Israel is a professional training center for IT staff from around the world that is devoted to the task of training IT professionals in cyber defense. Facilitators are ex-elite personnel from Israeli defense units and from other Israeli security service organizations. The technological infrastructure for the simulation of cyber attacks was unique, providing an insight into the philosophy, strategy, and the “exercises” of CyberGym.
Phil Zimmermann, CEO of Silent Circle

Phil Zimmermann, CEO of Silent Circle

Phil Zimmermann from Silent Circle stated at the event, “If you are not paying money for a service, you are paying with your privacy.” 

We had great speakers and the ability to have a candid conversation with the Germans about Privacy and National Security, which also was the topic of my presentation. TripWire has posted a 3 part article on my white paper covering this challenging topic. During my presentation in Germany, I was happy to see an engaged audience asking questions and proposing solutions. I wish the US could open the communication channel a bit more with allies such as Germany and tackle the issues that most people seem to want to avoid.
My final thoughts are of gratitude to be able to collaborate with TÜV RHEINLAND and their wonderful team: Olaf Siemens (Vice President at Information Security Business bei TÜV Rheinland Group), Sabine Rieth (Director of Marketing and Media Relations at TÜV Rheinland i-sec GmbH), Angela Recino, Bewegte Kommunikation – Kommunikation, die bewegt, and many others!
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Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder President

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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