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COE-DAT Ankara, Turkey 2015.

“Terrorist Use of Cyber Space Course” was held on 09-13 February 2015.

I had the honor and opportunity this year to present at the COE-DAT in Ankara, Turkey. I was very impressed with the quality of the program. The logistics for this event were executed with perfection. More than 25 nations were present at the event. Special thank you to Dr. Nesip Ogun from the COE-DAT.

Paul de Souza, Turkey 2015.

Paul de Souza, Turkey 2015.

We had some fantastic presenters, such as Mr. David Mair, Mr. Alan E. Brill, Dr. Carol V. Evans, Prof. Dr. Brigitte Nacos, Mr. Arthur Brocato, Prof. Dr. Metodi Hadzi Janev, Prof. Dr. Olivera Injac (Montenegro), Prof. Dr. Itamara Lochard, and my good friend Dr. Stefano Mele.

Paul de Souza and Dr. Stefano Mele.

Paul de Souza and Dr. Stefano Mele.

Iā€™m very proud of our exercise groups who performed extremely well.

COE-DAT 2015

COE-DAT 2015


Vision for the future ā€“ The COE-DAT will continue to be a central point of defence against terrorism expertise in support of NATO, nations, partners and recognized institutions within the international defence against terrorism community.


COE-DAT assumes the mission of supporting SACT in his efforts of transforming NATO in the field of defence against terrorism. In this context, the COE-DAT in particular:
Provides subject matter expertise on defence against terrorism to HQ SACT,
Provides defence against terrorism training and education at the strategic and operational level,
Assists HQ SACT in testing and validating terrorism related NATO concepts through experimentation,
Assists in doctrine development by contributing knowledge and lessons identified, contribute to NATO standardization and the improvement of capabilities and interoperability.

Centres of Excellence in NATO 20 Accredited Centres: * Joint Air Power Competence (DEU) * Defence Against Terrorism (TUR) * Naval Mine Warfare (BEL) * Combined Joint Ops. from the Sea (USA) * Cold Weather Ops. (NOR) * Civil-Military Cooperation (NLD) * Joint CBRN Defence (CZE) * Analysis & Sim. for Prep. of Air Ops. (FRA) * Command & Control (NLD) * Cooperative Cyber Defence (EST) * Confined & Shallow Waters (DEU) * Military Engineering (DEU) * Military Medical (HUN) * Human Intelligence (ROU) * C-IED (SPA) * EOD (SVK) * M&S (ITA) * Energy Security (LTU) * Military Police (POL) Strategic Communications (LVA).


Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder President

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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 ā€“ 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