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CSFI Senior Advisor on Cellular Security

Les-Goldsmith

CSFI Senior Advisor on Cellular Security
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of ESD America Inc.

CSFI_Senior Advisor on Cellular Security

Les is an intelligence professional with more than 20 years experience spread across both government and private sectors. In the last decade he has been instrumental in bringing awareness of electronic surveillance techniques to more than 38 countries.

Team leader and senior trainer for Technical Surveillance Counter-Measures (TSCM) Operations in the Asia-Pacific and the Americas for government clients in more than 25 countries.

Les currently advises military, police and media on policies and procedures to identify and locate IMSI catchers. Along with the research conducted in conjunction with ESD America’s German partners, ESD America currently offers the most formidable defense against IMSI Catcher attacks.

In 2015 Les commenced seminars for government and telecommunications industry stakeholders on current attack vectors for espionage and billing fraud through the SS7 protocol. A distinct advantage being the ability to actually demonstrate the attacks and counter-measures. Coordinating global cellular network penetration testing to enhance national security and maximize profits.

To this date more than 20 cellular communications providers have gained insight and increased security through this testing with a further 30 tests expected in 2016.

Mr. Goldsmith advises CSFI staff members on Technical Surveillance Counter-Measures.

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NEW CSFI ADVISORY DIRECTOR – Maj. Gen. Lawrence L. Wells (ret.), USAF

Maj. Gen. Lawrence L. Wells (ret.), USAF Former Commander, 9th Air Force Senior Director, Cyberspace Innovation, Stellar Solutions, Inc.  CSFI Advisory Director

Maj. Gen. Lawrence L. Wells (ret.), USAF
Former Commander, 9th Air Force
Senior Director, Cyberspace Innovation, Stellar Solutions, Inc.
CSFI Advisory Director

 

Maj. Gen. Lawrence L. Wells is the former Commander, 9th Air Force, Air Combat Command, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. The 9th Air Force comprises eight active-duty wings and three direct reporting units in the Southeastern United States with more than 400 aircraft and 29,000 active-duty and civilian personnel. The 9th Air Force is also responsible for the operational readiness of 16 Air Reserve Component wings.

General Wells graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1978 and completed undergraduate pilot training the following year. He served as an F-16 pilot, instructor pilot, weapons chief and operations officer. The general held staff positions at the major command, numbered Air Force, Air Staff and Joint Staff levels. His commands include a fighter squadron, operations group, reconnaissance wing, and an air expeditionary wing in Southwest Asia.

Prior to his current position, General Wells was the Deputy Chief of Staff for United Nations Command and U.S. Forces Korea, Yongsan Army Garrison, South Korea. He also served as the U.S. member of the UNC Military Armistice Commission, which leads general officer talks between the UNC and North Korean Army and interacts with UNC liaison groups from 19 nations.

The general is a command pilot with more than 2,800 flying hours.

EDUCATION
1978 Bachelor of Science degree in computer science, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1985 USAF Fighter Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
1992 Master of Science degree in political science, Auburn University at Montgomery, Ala.
1992 Distinguished graduate, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1995 Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
1998 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2005 National Security Management Course, Syracuse University, N.Y.
2011 Joint Force Air Component Commander, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. October 1978 – November 1979, Student, undergraduate pilot training, Laughlin AFB, Texas
2. January 1980 – March 1980, Student, fighter lead-in training, Holloman AFB, N.M.
3. March 1980 – September 1980, Student, F-16 Replacement Training Unit, Hill AFB, Utah
4. September 1980 – October 1982, F-16A/B Pilot, 4th Fighter Squadron, Hill AFB, Utah
5. October 1982 – January 1984, F-16 A/B Instructor Pilot and Wing Standardization and Evaluation Flight Examiner, 19th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Shaw AFB, S.C.
6. January 1984 – May 1984, Student, U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
7. May 1984 – January 1985, Chief of Weapons, 19th Fighter Squadron, Shaw AFB, S.C.
8. January 1985 – January 1986, Weapons and Tactics Officer, 5th Air Force, Yokota AB, Japan
9. January 1986 – January 1988, Aide-de-Camp to the Commander, 5th Air Force and U.S. Forces Japan, Yokota AB, Japan
10. February 1988 – April 1989, Chief of Weapons and Flight Commander, 14th Fighter Squadron, Misawa AB, Japan
11. April 1989 – August 1991, Chief, Weapons and Tactics Division, 432nd Tactical Fighter Wing, Misawa AB, Japan
12. August 1991 – July 1992, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
13. August 1992 – October 1993, Power Projection Team Programmer, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
14. October 1993 – August 1994, Defense Resource Manager, Program and Budget Analysis Division (J8), Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
15. August 1994 – August 1995, Executive Officer to the Director for Force Structure, Resources and Assessment (J8), Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
16. August 1995 – July 1996, Chief of Safety, 20th Fighter Wing, later, Operations Officer, 77th Fighter Squadron, Shaw AFB, S.C.
17. July 1996 – July 1997, Commander, 308th Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
18. August 1997 – June 1998, Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
19. June 1998 – June 1999, Director, Air Force Executive Review Secretariat, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
20. June 1999 – July 2001, Commander, 51st Operations Group, Osan AB, South Korea
21. July 2001 – April 2004, Chief, F/A-22 System Management Organization, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
22. April 2004 – August 2004, Deputy Director for Requirements, Headquarters ACC, Langley AFB, Va.
23. August 2004 – May 2006, Commander, 9th Reconnaissance Wing, Beale AFB, Calif.
24. May 2006 – June 2007, Deputy Director of Air and Space Operations, Headquarters ACC, Langley AFB, Va.
25. June 2007 – June 2008, Commander, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia
26. June 2008 – July 2009, Director, Warfighter Systems Integration and Deployment, Office of Warfighting Integration and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
27. July 2009 – October 2011, Deputy Chief of Staff, United Nations Command and U.S. Forces Korea, U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, South Korea
28. October 2011 – present, Commander, 9th Air Force, Air Combat Command, Shaw AFB, S.C.

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. October 1993 – August 1994, Defense Resource Manager, Program and Budget Analysis Division (J8), Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a major
2. August 1994 – August 1995, executive officer to the Director for Force Structure, Resources and Assessment (J8), Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a lieutenant colonel
3. July 2009 – October 2011, Deputy Chief of Staff, United Nations Command and U.S. Forces Korea, U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, South Korea, as a major general

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 2,800; 300 Combat Hours
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, F-16 A/B/C/D, KC-10, U-2 and Global Hawk

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal
Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal with oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Korea Defense Service Medal

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
1989 Lt. Col. Anthony C. Shine Award

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 31, 1978
First Lieutenant May 31, 1980
Captain May 31, 1982
Major Dec. 1, 1988
Lieutenant Colonel March 1, 1994
Colonel May 1, 1999
Brigadier General March 1, 2006
Major General July 9, 2009

http://www.af.mil/AboutUs/Biographies/Display/tabid/225/Article/107923/major-general-lawrence-l-wells.aspx

 

 

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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