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CSFI Training taught in Bucharest, Romania (DEFCAMP)

Introduction to Cyber Warfare and Operations Design, Romania 2014

Introduction to Cyber Warfare and Operations Design class, Romania 2014

This course provides a basic understanding of full-spectrum cyberspace operations, the complexities of the cyberspace environment, as well as planning, organizing, and integrating cyberspace operations. The course will consist of presentations and exercises that will teach you how to develop a cyber-operations design and bring it to fruition. At the conclusion of the course, you will have a fundamental understanding of how to analyze, plan for, and execute cyberspace operations.

ICWOD Class during Cyber Ops planning using  the MCPP.

ICWOD Class during Cyber Ops planning using the MCPP.

What You’ll Learn

  • Cyberspace operations methodologies
  • Integration of cyberspace capabilities
  • The role of Information Assurance in cyberspace operations
  • Training and developing the cyber workforce
  • Designing cyber related organizations
Mr. Roger Kuhn (CSFI Instructor)

Mr. Roger Kuhn (CSFI Instructor)

CSFI would like to thank the hospitality of the Romanian people, DEFCAMP, and also to congratulate this phenomenal international group of students to include Italy, South Korea and the Czech Republic.

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239th Marine Corps Birthday Ball

Paul de Souza and Major Guess-Johnson at the 239th Marine Corps Ball.

Paul de Souza and Major Guess-Johnson at the 239th Marine Corps Ball.

Great event with special guest General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., 36th Commandant of the Marine Corps, and USMC Major General Stewart.

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ICWOD (Introduction to Cyber Warfare and Operations Design)

Learn the core set of skills needed for practical and dynamic cyber defense and set the foundation to become a CSFI-DCOE (DEFENSIVE CYBERSPACE OPERATIONS ENGINEER).

Your Cyberspace Operations learning journey starts here!

http://www.globalknowledge.com/training/course.asp?pageid=9&courseid=16247&country=United+States

ICWOD (Introduction to Cyber Warfare and Operations Design)

ICWOD (Introduction to Cyber Warfare and Operations Design)

Mr. Kuhn was selected to serve as ONR Science Advisor (SA) to Naval Network Warfare Command. In August 2010, following the establishment of Fleet Cyber Command/Commander, 10th Fleet (FCC/C10F), he was reselected as the 1st ONR SA assigned to FCC/C10F. In 2013 he was selected to be the ONR SA to the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, where he is current focused on taking C5ISR to the tactical edge of Expeditionary Warfare/Special Operations.

This course provides a basic understanding of full-spectrum cyberspace operations, the complexities of the cyberspace environment, as well as planning, organizing, and integrating cyberspace operations. The course will consist of presentations and exercises that will teach you how to develop a cyber-operations design and bring it to fruition. At the conclusion of the course, you will have a fundamental understanding of how to analyze, plan for, and execute cyberspace operations.

What You’ll Learn

  • Cyberspace operations methodologies
  • Integration of cyberspace capabilities
  • The role of Information Assurance in cyberspace operations
  • Training and developing the cyber workforce
  • Designing cyber related organizations

Who Needs to Attend

  • Anyone interested in the field of cyber warfare/cyber operations
  • Anyone looking to expand a cyber-security career
  • Military commanders
  • Information-operations officers
  • Information security/assurance professionals
  • Cyber-security consultants
  • Cyber planners
  • Military members (J2, J3, J5, J6, J9)
  • Security analysts
  • Network-security engineers
  • Penetration testers
  • Auditors
  • Government officials
  • Security engineers

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Follow-On Courses

Course Outline

1. Understanding the Cyberspace Environment and Design

  • Cyberspace environment and its characteristics
  • Developing a design approach
  • Planning for cyberspace operation

2. Cyberspace Operational Approaches

  • Foundational approaches that utilize cyberspace capabilities to support organizational missions
  • The pros and cons of the different approaches

(This module sets the foundation for CSFI Cyberspace Operations Strategist and Planner [CCOSP] advanced course.)

3. Cyberspace Operations

  • Network Operations (NETOPS)
  • Defensive Cyberspace Operations (DCO)
  • Offensive Cyberspace Operations (OCO)
  • Defense and Diversity of Depth network design
  • Operational methodologies to conduct cyberspace operations

4. Cyberspace Integration

  • Design a cyberspace operation and integrate it with a Joint Operations plan
  • Practice the presented methodologies in a practical application exercise

5. Building Cyber Warriors and Warrior Corps

  • The warrior and warrior corps concept as applied to cyber organizations
  • The challenges of training and developing a cyber workforce from senior leadership to the technical workforce

6. Designing Cyber Related Commands

  • Mission statements
  • Essential tasks
  • Organizational structures
  • Tables of organizations

7. Training and Readiness for Cyber Related Commands

  • Mission Essential Tasks (METs)
  • Developing the cyber workforce
  • Plan your own training programs within your organization

8. Final Exercise

  • You will presented with a scenario from which all previous instruction topics and exercises will be used to develop and integrate a cyber plan
  • The exercise will also include a brief Rehearsal of Concept (ROC) and Table Top Exercise (TTX) to exercise and evaluate your developed plan

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CSFI Supports Multinational Capability Development Campaign (MCDC)

Group Picture of MCDC LOE Participants - September 8th 2014

Group Picture of MCDC LOE Participants – September 8th 2014

For more information please see the brochure: LOE Brochure

CSFI participated in a Limited Objective Experiment (LOE) which tested the proposed Cyber Implications of Combined Operational Access (CICOA) guidelines and recommendations for the incorporation of the cyber domain into the operational planning process. This work strand was co-led by Norway and Italy as part of the US led 2013-2014 Multinational Capability Development Campaign (MCDC).

The experiment took place at Spain’s Technological Institute in Marañosa (September 8-12, 2014) and was co-organized by Spain and the European Defense Agency (EDA).

92 subject matter experts from 13 nations participated in this event, with a wide variety of expertise including: cyber warfare, operational planning, intelligence, international law, political science as well as humanitarian missions.
The scenario encouraged participants to identify the cyber challenges and difficulties that arise in joint multi-nation humanitarian missions.

 MCDC LOE Participants from the Joint Operational Planning Group (JOPG)

MCDC LOE Participants from the Joint Operational Planning Group (JOPG)

Alongside the Spanish University of Jaén, CSFI provided political guidance for the cyber experiment which was incorporated into the LOE’s operational planning process.
The military experiment provided constructive discussion on how best to interpret and implement a cyber mandate as per the intent of a nation’s political leadership, and suggestions on how to improve cyber interoperability within joint multi-nation missions.

CSFI was happy to support the US led MCDC initiative and collaborate with our allies in Europe; and we look forward to participating in future events that help strengthen our international cyber relationships.

MCDC LOE Political Advisers: Dr. Miguel Guindos and Dr. Lydia Kostopoulos

MCDC LOE Political Advisers: Dr. Miguel Guindos and Dr. Lydia Kostopoulos

Briefing during the MCDC LOE Distinguished Visitors Day (DVD)

Briefing during the MCDC LOE Distinguished Visitors Day (DVD)

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MARYLAND – EPICENTER OF CYBERSECURITY

CyberMaryland

Admiral Michael S. Rogers Commander, U.S. Cyber Command Director, National Security Agency Chief, Central Security Service and Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder President

Admiral Michael S. Rogers
Commander, U.S. Cyber Command Director, National Security Agency Chief, Central Security Service and Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder President

Cyber Maryland 2014

Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker: Admiral Michael S. Rogers

Maryland is recognized as a cybersecurity leader – nationally and internationally. The state has developed cybersecurity experts, education and training programs, technology, products, systems and infrastructure. With over 10 million cyber hacks a day resulting in an annual worldwide cost of over $100 billion, the United States is at risk. Last year alone, tens of millions of Americans had their identities and their bank accounts threatened or compromised. Ensuring that our nation has the workforce, technology and resources to protect our citizens, businesses, infrastructure, intellectual property and more is of paramount importance. Maryland continues to be a leader on this front.

Many of the agencies that are focused on this important task are centered here in Maryland including the NSA, Cyber Command and NIST. More venture funds are deployed for cybersecurity companies in Maryland than in any other state. Maryland awards over $1,000,000 per year in start-up funding for cyber innovation businesses. More than 15 Cyber Incubators exist in Maryland offering start-up support for innovation. The cybersecurity and STEM workforce of today and the future is here in Maryland. The most highly-rated school systems in the country are also located here. Government agencies in Maryland employ more mathematicians than any other organization in the world, and there are 16 NSA-DoD National Centers of Academic Excellence in cybersecurity in Maryland. This is an ecosystem built for cybersecurity innovation and job growth.

CYBERMARYLAND 2014

The Honorable Martin O'Malley, Governor State of Maryland and Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder President

The Honorable Martin O’Malley, Governor State of Maryland and Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder President

Photographer:  Richard Lippenholz 

As the Nation’s epicenter for cybersecurity, Maryland convenes local, national and international entrepreneurs, investors, academics, students, enterprises and government officials each year at the CyberMaryland Conference.

Governor O'Malley presenting at CyberMaryland 2014

Maryland Governor O’Malley presenting at CyberMaryland 2014

Photographer:  Richard Lippenholz 

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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.

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Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder Director