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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.

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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).

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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

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