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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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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