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The CyberMaryland Conference 2016


Cyber Maryland is always a superb event! I am looking forward to next Cyber Maryland in 2017. It was great to see so many friends, superb presentations, and cutting-edge technologies.

Maryland is recognized as a cybersecurity leader – nationally and internationally. The state has developed cybersecurity experts, education and training programs, technology, products, systems and infrastructure. With over 10 million cyber hacks a day resulting in an annual worldwide cost of over $100 billion, the United States is at risk.

Last year alone, tens of millions of Americans had their identities and their bank accounts threatened or compromised. Ensuring that our nation has the workforce, technology and resources to protect our citizens, businesses, infrastructure, intellectual property and more is of paramount importance. Maryland continues to be a leader on this front.

ANG Booth! 175th Wing representing. Thank you TSgt Jessica Hiett  (best recruiter ever!) and team for your service and dedication.

nsa_boothNSA Booth

british_technologies_cyber_maryland_2016Our British friends were well represented showcasing some outstanding technologies. The state of Maryland truly appreciates their support and hard work.


Professor William Butler (Capitol Technology University) CSFI Fellow – A CSFI Operational Sponsor!


Sam Friedman, Regional Director of Sales, Southeast at Cyberbit

CYBERBIT – Defeating the Unknown
The cyber security market has been going through tremendous changes recently. Exponential increase in the number of attacks and their severity has caused a drastic decrease in the relevance and effectiveness of current generation security tools which are, by nature – signature based.
CYBERBIT confronts these challenges by protecting high risk, high value enterprises, critical infrastructures and governments against these advanced, signature-less threats.
We in CYBERBIT understand that in order to detect and respond fast and efficiently to advanced threats organizational security has to go through major changes. Detection and response cycles must become optimal and short, leveraging past knowledge and experience, automating processes and capabilities, and allowing the organization to be agile, alert and prompt.

titania_booth_british_cyber_maryland_2016TITANIA! Superb auditing software.

Ian Whiting – Chief Executive Officer and Founder

With 20 years of industry experience, Ian has helped leading global organizations and government agencies secure their systems and data for over a decade. He was accredited by CESG for his security assessments and team leading expertise. Ian provides the leadership and vision for Titania and its products.

“Titania’s success is about being focused on our customers and providing them with what they need. We are driven to deliver the detail our clients need, which has made us the most detailed vulnerability auditing tools in the world”


Ira Hoffman, Butzel Long Government Contracts, International & Cybersecurity Attorney/CSFI Fellow introducing MICHAEL CHERTOFF Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Paul de Souza CSFI, Michael Chertoff Former United States Secretary of Homeland Security and Ira Hoffman, Butzel Long/CSFI Fellow


The National Cyber Security Hall of Fame inducts a new class of industry pioneers each year. The Cyber Security Hall of Fame will be held on the first evening of the conference and provides an opportunity for the cyber community to honor those who provided a foundation for others to build on, or otherwise paved the way for future successes.


Larry Letow, Paul de Souza, and Ira Hoffman at the Hall of Fame dinner (Los 3 amigos!)

Paul de Souza, CSFI and Chris Inglis former Deputy Director of the National Security Agency (NSA). It is always great seeing Chris!

A super special thanks to:

Gabriel Wollner:

David Powell:

Thank you everybody who worked very hard to organize this event!


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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.


Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder Director

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