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New CSFI Advisory Director



A 1987 graduate of the University of Kentucky, he was commissioned through the Platoon Leaders Class (PLC) Program and subsequently reported to The Basic School in January 1988. Upon graduation from The Basic School, he reported for flight training and earned his wings in June 1990. While awaiting EA-6B “Prowler” training, he attended Aircraft Maintenance Officer School. In January 1991, he reported for EA-6B Fleet Replacement Training—subsequently earning “Pilot of the Year.”
Between 1991 and 1998, he completed multiple deployments to Iwakuni, Japan and Incirlik Air Base, Turkey (Northern Iraqi No-Fly Zone). In March 1998, he joined Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) as the Electronic Warfare Division Head; and while there, he deployed in support of Operations NOBLE ANVIL and ALLIED FORCE (Serbia/Kosovo).

In 2002, he deployed to Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia (Southern Iraqi No-Fly Zone); and in January 2004, he deployed to Tallil Air Base, Iraq as VMAQ-2’s Executive Officer. In 2004, he reported as the Marine Aircraft Group 14 Executive Officer. In December 2005, he assumed command of the VMAQ-3 “Moon Dogs”—deploying to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq; the “Moon Dogs” were subsequently recognized as Marine Corps Aviation Association’s (MCAA) “Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron of the Year” for 2007. In 2008, he reported as the Director of U.S. Strategic Command’s Joint Electronic Warfare Center (JEWC), Lackland AFB, Texas—his unit was awarded the Association of Old Crow’s (AOC) “Joint Outstanding Unit Award” for 2009.
From 2010 to 2012, Colonel Denney served as the commanding officer, Marine Aviation Training Support Group 22 (MATS-22), Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas; and from 2012-2014 he served at United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM), Fort Meade, Maryland—retiring from active duty on October 1, 2014, after serving as the Deputy Director of Operations, USCYBERCOM.
Colonel Denney graduated with honors from The Basic School, was an honor graduate of the Aircraft Maintenance Officer School (long course), and was an honor graduate of the Navy Command and Staff College. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Landing Signals Officer (LSO) School, Amphibious Warfare School, Aviation Safety Officer School, Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (WTI), HARM University, Joint Information Operations Planner’s Course, and the Joint Advanced Cyber Warfare Course. He holds a 2002 Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies (with distinction) from the Naval War College, and a 2008 Master of Science Degree in National Security Strategy, with a concentration in Information Operations, from the National War College, National Defense University.
He has accumulated over 3,000 flight hours including over 900 combat hours. His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legion of Merit medals, the Bronze Star medal, two Air Medals with Combat “V”, 13 Strike-Flight Air Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, as well as other campaign and Service awards



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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