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THOUGHTS ON CYBER WARFARE

Order of Thor Medal Ceremony

Paul and Christine de Souza recipients of The Order of Thor Medal. Thank you Lieutenant General (ret.), US Army Rhett Hernandez, US Army Major Joe Billingsley, USAF Colonel April Vogel, Chris Cleary, MCPA and CSFI friends!

Lieutenant General (ret.), US Army Rhett Hernandez and Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder receiving the Order of Thor Medal.

Lieutenant General (ret.), US Army Rhett Hernandez presenting the Order Of Thor Medal to Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder

Paul de Souza, CCSE, NSA-IAM, BCCPP, Sec+, Net+, CHCP, SANs E-Warfare, JNCIA-FWV.
Mr. de Souza is the Founder/President of CSFI (Cyber Security Forum Initiative) and its divisions CSFI-CWD (Cyber Warfare Division) and CSFI-LPD (Law and Policy Division). He is the co-author of the book Strategic Intelligence Management, and he serves as an Advisor for MCPA (Military Cyber Professionals Association). Paul is a member of the IT Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) at Brigham Young University. He served as a Federal Director of Training and Education for Norman Data Defense Systems, and he also teaches Cyber Defense Strategies at George Washington University. Mr. de Souza has over 15 years of cyber security experience and has worked as the Chief Security Engineer for AT&T, where he designed and approved secure networks for MSS (Managed Security Services). Mr. de Souza also worked for CSC and US Robotics as a Security Engineer. He has consulted for several governments, military organizations, and private institutions on best network security practices and also presented in the countries of Estonia, Georgia, Australia, Brazil, Czech Republic, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, Israel, and Romania, as well as all across the United States.
Lieutenant General (ret.), US Army Rhett Hernandez, US presenting the Order of Thor Medal to USAF SSgt Christine de Souza.

Lieutenant General (ret.), US Army Rhett Hernandez, US presenting the Order of Thor Medal to USAF SSgt Christine de Souza.

SSgt Christine de Souza is a director of the Cyber Security forum Initiative (CSFI), serves as CSFI’s Chief Information Assurance Officer, and is a manager of CSFI’s Cyber Warfare Division. She serves in the Maryland Air National Guard as a traditional cyber surety journeyman in the 175th Cyber Operations Group, where she participates in cyber exercises and training partnerships and was nominated as Airman of the Year 2014. SSgt de Souza holds a dual Master’s degree from Utica College in Cyber Security under the concentrations of both Intelligence and Forensics. In her civilian life, Christine works for Lunarline, Inc., a cyber security contracting and consulting company as an information assurance engineer on contract with the Department of Transportation on the cyber security team for the Federal Railroad Administration.

Paul de Souza, USAF Colonel April Vogel, and USAF SSgt Christine de Souza

Paul de Souza, USAF Colonel April Vogel, and USAF SSgt Christine de Souza

Chris Cleary, Joe Billingsley, Loren Friedel, Paul de Souza, Christine de Souza, Ira Hoffman, and Anthony Guess-Johnson

Chris Cleary, Joe Billingsley (MCPA Founder), Loren Friedel, Paul de Souza (CSFI Founder), Christine de Souza, Ira Hoffman, and Anthony Guess-Johnson

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Filed under: CYBER WARFARE, CYBERSPACE OPERATIONS

DEFCAMP #5 – Bucharest!

DEFCAMP

 

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CSFI had the honor to be a SILVER sponsor of this year’s DEFCAMP #5. Other SILVER sponsors included BMW (thank you for the amazing smooth rides in Bucharest), DELL, IXIA, KPMG, Cyber Ghost, Symantec, and others. It was great to stop by Safetech’s booth and chat with Teodor Lupan. It was 2 days of intense presentations with 3 days of CSFI training, capture the flag, and tons of activities. The first day started with registration at 0800 and ended with the last presentation on SSH Tunneling around 2315. Our CSFI team was impressed by the professionalism, creativity, energy levels from the staff members, and audience at DEFCAMP. I highly recommend this event!

Thank you Andrei, Florina, and staff for being amazing hosts! Romania is certainly proud of you.

DEFCAMP

 

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Mr. Anthony Guess-Johnson CSFI Senior Information Assurance Officer, presenting on Leading and Developing the Cyber Workforce

Mr. Paul de Souza, CSFI President presenting on Cyber Ranges

Mr. Paul de Souza CSFI President, presenting on Cyber Ranges and FOXOP

Roger Kuhn, CSFI Director/Fellow

Mr. Roger Kuhn CSFI Director/Fellow, presenting on SCADA Security

Paul de Souza, Avădănei Andrei, and Roger Kuhn

Paul de Souza, Avădănei Andrei, and Roger Kuhn

Paul de Souza, Florina DUMITRACHE, and Roger Kuhn

Paul de Souza, Florina DUMITRACHE, and Roger Kuhn

Hacking away...

Hacking away…

Filed under: CYBER WARFARE, CYBERSPACE OPERATIONS, EW

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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