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CSFI – DEEP NODE Get-Together in Las Vegas 2015

Palazzo

Palazzo

CSFI http://www.csfi.us and DEEP NODE (http://deepnode.us) were honored to host a great get-together at the Palazzo in Las Vegas during the BlackHat/DEFCON events. We had more than 100 guests visit our hospitality suite featuring a full open bar, carving station, cigars, CSFI members, and of course a live demonstration of DEEP NODE’s cyberspace visualization in 3D. DEEP NODE is a CSFI Operational Sponsor and has developed a unique way for cyber folks to visualize cyberspace, drilling all the way down to the packets themselves, with capabilities of identifying malicious traffic in real time attribution levels, with tremendous cyber Situational Awareness (SA).

We all had a great time seeing old friends and enjoying great conversation. The CSFI – DEEP NODE get-together was a huge success.

CSFI is always open to operational partnerships/sponsorships with innovative and creative technological companies.

Here are some of the pictures of the event. Enjoy!

DEEP NODE’s video:

Paul de Souza, CSFI and Justyn Thompson CEO of DEEP NODE.

Paul de Souza, CSFI and Justyn Thompson CEO of DEEP NODE.

CSFI - DEEP NODE Event Staff

CSFI – DEEP NODE Awesome Event Staff

Open Bar!

Open Bar!

Registration Desk with FREE magazines - courtesy of United States Cyber Security Magazine. Sign up now! Use our CSFI code for a discount: www.uscybersecurity.net/subscribe/?cid=CSFI Use promo code: CSFI25.

Registration Desk with FREE magazines – courtesy of United States Cyber Security Magazine. Sign up now! Use our CSFI code for a discount: http://www.uscybersecurity.net/subscribe/?cid=CSFI
Use promo code: CSFI25.

DEEP NODE in action!

DEEP NODE in action!

DEEP NODE gear.

DEEP NODE gear.

Paul de Souza CSFI and Super Uber DEFCON Goon “Priest” - involved with DEFCON since DEFCON 4. Epic moment and CSFI VIP guest!

Paul de Souza CSFI and Super Uber DEFCON Goon AKA “Priest” – involved with DEFCON since DEFCON 4. Epic moment!

Priest playing with DEEP NODE wearing Oculus.

Priest playing with DEEP NODE wearing Oculus.  DEEP NODE’s COO Ben Lindquist in red (observing).

Rachael Cilladi, Communications/Events Manager at CSFI and her husband Mike Cilladi. Thank you Rachael for your awesome event organizing skills!

Rachael Cilladi, Communications/Events Manager at CSFI and her husband Mike Cilladi. Thank you Rachael for your awesome event organizing skills!

Cy-int team.

Cy-int team and CSFI Instructors

Travis Hartman, L3 NSS, Mohammed Alshomrani, Ministry of Defense, Saudi Arabia, and Paul de Souza CSFI.

Travis Hartman, L3 NSS, Mohammed Alshomrani, Ministry of Defense, Saudi Arabia, and Paul de Souza CSFI.

Sinan Eraydın, CSFI Turkey Liaison.

Sinan Eraydın, CSFI Turkey Liaison.

A super special thanks to PrivacyCase’s Founder Mike Nash for taking the pictures and supporting our event.

http://www.privacycase.com/products/csfi-customized-product

Privacycase

CSFI would like to recognize other staff members who supported the event:

CSFI Director US ARMY Lt. Col (ret) Mark Coffin
CSFI Director USAF Col (ret) Marc Jamison
Maggey Felix, CSFI West Coast Relations Manager
Steve Thomas (Steve-O), CSFI Web Master
Bill Varhol, CSFI Web Master/Designer

Special thanks to the FBI and the DoD for being our guests, and all of our CSFI members who make it all possible!

Thank you Justyn Thompson and Ben Lindquist (DEEP NODE) – You guys are making a difference!

Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder
http://www.csfi.us

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SushiCon – Las Vegas 2015

SushiCon is a tradition started by Mark Coffin (DEFCON Front Desk Registration Master/CSFI) and cyber friends. Every year, for the past 5 years a group of cyber guys get together during DEFCON to have all-you-can-eat sushi at Todai in Las Vegas to talk cyber.

It was great to talk cyber with Tony Freed (NORSE), Steve Thomas (Unisys), IrishMASMS (DEFCON presenter this year), Mark Coffin, Paul de Souza, David Simpson, and Unisys guests. We hope to continue our SushiCon tradition. We will see you guys next year in Vegas at Todai.

SushiCon 2015 - Las Vegas.

SushiCon 2015 – Las Vegas.

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Capitol Technology University at CyberMontgomery 2015

Cyber_Montgomery

The CyberMontgomery Forum was developed jointly by The Montgomery County Department of Economic Development and the Federal Business Council (FBC) in conjunction with leaders from federal and local government agencies, industry and academia.

Cybersecurity will be a major growth engine in the region for many years to come. With solid federal government, industry and academic assets already in place in the region, there is still a need to bring them together so that they can coalesce and elevate the cyber ecosystem to a level of national prominence. CyberMontgomery Forum events will provide clear direction on finding business opportunities, contracting, forecasted demand areas, workforce development, recruiting & staffing, legal responsibilities for businesses, updates on technologies being developed in MoCo and summary updates regarding our NCCoE neighbors, federal civilian agencies and commercial sector leaders.

Capitol Technology University booth at CyberMontgomery 2015. Xavier A. Richards, Director of Graduate Recruitment, Paul de Souza, CSFI President and the Capitol Technology University educational crew.

Capitol Technology University booth at CyberMontgomery 2015.
Xavier A. Richards, Director of Graduate Recruitment, Paul de Souza, CSFI President and the Capitol Technology University educational crew.

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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