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Caxton Group’s workshop on Cyber Defense and Industrial Control Systems (ICS)

CSFI International Engagement Coordinator Dr. Lydia Kostopoulos

CSFI International Engagement Coordinator Dr. Lydia Kostopoulos


Brainstorming Session

CSFI was invited to attend the Caxton Group’s workshop on Cyber Defense and Industrial Control Systems (ICS) in the energy and utilities sector.
Cyber Defense Workshop
Leading experts from the field presented on the pressing issues on ICS vulnerabilities, defense and good practices. CSFI sent its International Engagement Coordinator Dr. Lydia Kostopoulos to participate.

Here are the take aways from the workshop speakers’ presentations and participant brainstorming sessions:

Devastating assumptions that need to be avoided. Ex:

  • We are not a likely target
  • We aren’t interesting to hackers
  • Our production system is a proprietary one
  • Our production systems are completely isolated

On Risk Assessments: The most accurate risk assessment is still not a solution

On Teamwork: IT needs to understand the operating environment to provide the best solution, teamwork and internal collaboration is necessary.

On Cybersecurity Standards:

  • It is not enough to comply with a national or sector standard
  • Build your own cybersecurity standard unique to your company’s environment
  • Thing about how to address evolving security dynamics

Approach to ICS Solutions

  • Do not rush to implement cybersecurity.
  • Have a strategy first. Think about the bigger picture, take it slowly and do it right. Cyber solutions are not easy to create.
  • Build a chain of consequences of failure
  • Have back up solutions in the case of failure



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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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