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Cyber Public Service by Dr. Lydia Kostopoulos – Presidential Award

CSFI International Engagement Coordinator Dr. Lydia Kostopoulos receiving Presidential Award

CSFI International Engagement Coordinator Dr. Lydia Kostopoulos receiving Presidential Award

Presidential Award and letter from President Obama.

Presidential Award and letter from President Obama.

Guest blog post by CSFI International Engagement Coordinator, Dr. Lydia Kostopoulos
Growing up I was instilled both at home and at school with the values of community service and taught the importance of doing your part to help out others.
Thanks to the internet we are closer and can learn from each other faster and help each other out across the nation and the world. When people think of community or public service few think about cybersecurity, however there is a lot of room for public service in cyberspace.

Being a passionate cyber professional I was looking for opportunities to pursue my cyber interests and share my expertise with the community. The non-profit organization, the Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI) was an invaluable platform for me to do this and I am very proud to be the International Engagement Coordinator and facilitate cyber activities and initiatives both domestically and abroad. The success of my initiatives with CSFI are owed to the support of the CSFI leadership and to those who have embarked on my projects and donated their time and expertise to create something positive for others in the cyber domain.

I look forward to continue collaborating with others in the cyber community and creating new initiatives that push us to think more about the hard questions in cyber, raise awareness about cyber vulnerabilities, and what we can all do to better leverage our capabilities, secure our interests and make the internet a safer place for everyone.

I hope others will look to CSFI as a home for candid discussion on pressing cyber concerns and a space for the cyber community to come together and give back.

If you want to join the discussion or take part in CSFI activities join our group on LinkedIn at

If you’d like to get in touch with me feel free to reach out on Twitter @LKCyber

Lets keep the cyber discussion going!

CSFI International Engagement Coordinator, Dr. Lydia Kostopoulos

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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