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Cybersecurity Hard Problems Spring 2014 Workshop – CSFI PANEL in Rome, NY




Cybersecurity Hard Problems Spring 2014 Workshop – CSFI PANEL in Rome, NY

The Cyber Research Institute with support and participation from the Griffiss Institute and the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Institute sponsored a leading edge workshop on “Cybersecurity Hard Problems.” The purpose of this workshop was to bring together distinguished researchers and domain experts for a two-day period to examine, discuss, and propose solutions to the most pressing issues in cybersecurity today. The two-day workshop was held at the Griffiss Institute in Rome, New York.

Moderator: Christine de Souza, Information Assurance Engineer at Lunarline, Inc.

Moderator: Christine de Souza, Information Assurance Engineer at Lunarline, Inc.

CSFI (The Cyber Security Forum Initiative) had the honor to run a panel on a scenario covering ICS attacks, Homeland Security, National Security, and Incident Response.

Moderator: Christine de Souza, Information Assurance Engineer at Lunarline, Inc.


CSFI Panel at CRI


Our Panelists:

Paul de Souza,
CSFI Founder President

David J Smith
Director, Georgian Security Analysis Center, GFSIS

Ira E. Hoffman
Government Contracts, Cybersecurity & International Lawyer, Offit Kurman, P.A.

Ronald Bearse, MPA
President, Nauset National Security Group, LLC

David Maman, CTO
Co-Founder of GreenSQL

CSFI would like to thank Utica College (Joe Giordano), the superb panelists, and the great work done by Christine de Souza from Lunarline as a moderator of this great event!

Special kudos to the following organizations that helped make this panel possible:


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New CSFI Advisory Director

LtCol Charles. T. Berry Jr., USMC, CSFI Advisory Director  Branch Head, Field Testing Branch at Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory

LtCol Charles. T. Berry Jr., USMC, CSFI Advisory Director

LtCol Charles. T. Berry Jr., USMC, CSFI Advisory Director
Branch Head, Field Testing Branch at Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory

LtCol Charles. T. Berry Jr.serves as the Branch Head of the Field Testing Branch of Experiment Division, responsible for planning, execution, analysis and post-event reporting for concept based, live-force experimentation.
Upon graduation from Penns Grove-Carney’s Point High School in 1989, LtCol Berry accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy. He graduated from the academy with the class of 1993, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Oceanography while receiving a commission as a second lieutenant in the USMC. LtCol Berry attended The Basic School shortly after graduation and subsequently reported to Pensacola, FL for flight training. He was designated a Naval Aviator in April of 1996 and then proceeded to AH-1W replacement aircrew training with HMT-303 at Camp Pendleton, CA. LtCol Berry completed his training at HMT-303 and then reported for his first operational tour with HMLA-269 in the late summer of 1996. While assigned with HMLA-269 LtCol Berry served as an Operations Schedule Writer, Maintenance Division Officer, Assistant Aviation Maintenance Officer and as a Weapons and Tactics Instructor. LtCol Berry participated in a Landing Force 6th Fleet (LF6F) deployment as part of the HMLA detachment attached to HMM-162 (REIN) with the 22nd MEU. Following his first tour with HMLA-269 LtCol Berry attended TACP School in the winter of 2000 and then joined 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines as a forward air controller (FAC). While with 3/6, LtCol Berry served as a FAC for India Company, as the Battalion S-5 Officer, and as the Air Officer.

He participated in a LF6F deployment with Battalion Landing Team 3/6, 26th and Task Force 58 operations in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM AND OPERATION SWIFT FREEDOM. In the summer of 2002 LtCol Berry left 3/6 and reported to the Office of Naval Intelligence to serve as an intelligence analyst in the Strike Projection Evaluation and Anti-air warfare Research (SPEAR) Division. Following two years in this assignment LtCol Berry returned to HMLA-269 for a second tour. LtCol Berry rejoined HMLA-269 in 2004 and was designated as the Director of Safety and Standardization. He deployed with the squadron to Iraq in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF 04-06). Upon return from deployment he was reassigned as the Operations Officer and deployed again with the squadron ISO of OIF 05-07. Following his second deployment to Iraq LtCol Berry detached from the squadron to report for Marine Corps Command and Staff College. LtCol Berry attended Command and Staff College (CSC) at Marine Corps University during academic year (AY) 2006-07.

While at CSC LtCol Berry was awarded a Master’s degree in Military Studies, was recognized as a distinguished graduate and was accepted into the School of Advanced Warfighting (SAW). He attended SAW during AY 07-08 and was awarded a Master’s degree in Military Operational Studies. Following school, LtCol Berry reported to the Department of Aviation at Headquarters, Marine Corps and was assigned to the Plans, Policies, Budget and Joint Matters Branch (APP). While assigned to APP he served as the Strategic Plans and Concepts Officer and as the Section Head for the Plans, Concepts, and Integration Section. Concurrently, LtCol Berry was designated as the lead service action officer for the Marine Corps to the Air-Sea Battle Concept Development Group. Upon the completion of his tour at the Pentagon, LtCol joined the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia. At MCWL, he serves as the Branch Head of the Field Testing Branch of Experiment Division, responsible for planning, execution, analysis and post-event reporting for concept based, live-force experimentation.



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CSFI Internship Testimonial

Richard Hall Jr., SOC Analyst at Lunarline

Richard Hall Jr., SOC Analyst at Lunarline

“Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI) has had a profound impact on my life on both a professional and a personal level. Before my internship with CSFI I had no real sense of direction after having been finished with college for a year. At the time I was living in Florida and could not find a job. I finally came across the opportunity to procure an internship in the DC metro area; that is how I became acquainted with Mr. Paul de Souza, the Founder and Director of CSFI, and he then invited me to join their ranks.

I had a lot of great experiences while working with CSFI, including training and certification opportunities, conferences and other Cyber Security events, and good on-the-job experience as well. All of these things really helped me figure out which path I wanted to take in my life. It also taught me to have patience and to trust and have faith in the process that had been set in motion. Mr. de Souza helped me get my Security+ Certification, and shortly afterward helped me get a good opportunity with another company.

Now, only a year after my internship with CSFI, I have a well-paying full-time job, I have Network+ and will be getting my CCNA soon, and hopefully beginning master’s degree coursework in the near future. I can honestly say that none of this would have ever been possible without CSFI. The things I did and the people I met led directly to where I am today. CSFI gave me a direction and an opportunity act on it, and I am eternally grateful. I only have great things to say about CSFI, as well as Mr. de Souza.”

Richard Hall, Jr. 
SOC Analyst at Lunarline


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CSFI Press Release: 2nd Annual Table Top Cyber Escalation Exercise in Spain

CSFI Press Release: 2nd Annual Table Top Cyber Escalation Exercise in Spain
CSFI TTX Spain 2014

CSFI TTX Spain 2014

On June 26th, CSFI held its second annual table top exercise at the Autonoma University of Madrid. Under the leadership of Francisco Caballero the Cyber Intelligence Officer and David Gonzalez the Project Coordinator, CSFI’s Spain Team organized this year’s scenario which focused on mobile vulnerabilities affecting critical infrastructures.

CSFI_TTX Spain 2014 (5)

The scenario focused on a large scale data theft of intellectual property via mobile devices for the purpose of financial gain and competitive advantage.

CSFI’s Communications and Outreach Coordinator for Europe, Dr. Lydia Kostopoulos, supported this effort and encouraged the discussion on mobile devices as more companies are allowing for BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) expanding the surface threat area.

The expert panel featured in this TTX included directors from Spain’s National Center of Excellence on Cybersecurity (CNEC), the Civil Guard’s Cyber Terrorism Unit, the National Postal Service as well as the President of the National Organization of Transplants (ONT).

CSFI_TTX Spain 2014 (6)
CSFI_TTX Spain 2014 (4)[1]
The multi-disciplinary panel brought different perspectives from various critical infrastructures, and of national security agencies. The following represents some of the gaps that were identified:

– Legal black holes to address data loss via mobile devices and the subsequent selling of this data in the black market

– Lack of awareness on corporate data protection on mobile devices on behalf of both law enforcement personnel and the public

– Insufficient federal law enforcement means to investigate and solve crime pertaining to mobile data theft

The cyber exercise concluded that the majority of the gaps in the scenario were principally due to the lack of situational awareness of the situation, the implications of vulnerabilities involved and the actors involved the the attack chain.

CSFI looks forward to next year’s table top exercise and will announce the 2015 topic in the CSFI LinkedIn Forum this November 2014.

CSFI’s mission is 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 offers several training certificates on cyberspace operations and is affiliated with the University of Fairfax.

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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