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THOUGHTS ON CYBER WARFARE

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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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

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