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CSFI Capture The Flag (CTF) Exercise

Our CSFI Capture The Flag (CTF) is based on the Cyber Kill Chain. The full exercise can take up to five hours. This is an offensive exercise. CSFI firmly believes in persistent training in order to help our cyber professionals maintain their operational capabilities and to quickly learn about new ways of thinking.

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Mobile CSFI CTF Lab

Mobile CSFI CTF Lab

CSFI CTF at CSFI Office

CSFI CTF at CSFI Office

Rebecca Marquis, CTF Tester at Cyber Security Forum Initiative

Rebecca Marquis, CTF Tester at Cyber Security Forum Initiative

Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder President

Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder President

Steve Lackey and Bill Kimble (CTF Competitors).

Steve Lackey and Bill Kimble (CTF Participants).

Christine de Souza and Silas Calhoun (CTF Participants)

Christine de Souza and Silas Calhoun (CTF Participants)

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Christine de Souza

Christine de Souza

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CTF Winner - William Kimble is presented with a CSFI Coin.

CTF Winner – William Kimble is presented with a CSFI Coin.

CTF Winner - Steve Lackey is presented with a CSFI Coin

CTF Winner – Steve Lackey is presented with a CSFI Coin

CSFI CTF Team

CSFI CTF Team

Awesome CSFI Tactical Bag!

Awesome CSFI Tactical Bag!

 

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Newest CSFI Advisory Board Director, Former Chief of Staff, USCYBERCOM US ARMY MG Brendler!

Former Chief of Staff, US Cyber Command Maj. Gen. Joseph A. Brendler, CSFI Advisory Director

Former Chief of Staff, US Cyber Command Maj. Gen. Joseph A. Brendler, CSFI Advisory Director

We are honored to welcome our newest CSFI Advisory Board Director, Former Chief of Staff, US Cyber Command Maj. Gen. Joseph A. Brendler! 

United States Army

Major General JOSEPH A. BRENDLER Retired 1 December 2016

EDUCATION:

Cornell University – BS – Electrical Engineering

Cornell University – ME – Electrical Engineering

USACGSC – MMAS – Military Arts & Science

NDU (ICAF) – MS – National Resource Strategy

 

Chief of Staff, US Cyber Command

Director, Plans and Policy, J-5, US Cyber Command,

Director, Architecture Operations, Networks and Space, later Special Assistant to the CIO/G-6, US Army

Chief, C/J-6, International Security Assistance Force

Chief of Staff, Defense Information Systems Agency

Director of Operations, J-3, Joint Task Force-Global Network Operations

Commander, 2d Signal Brigade, Mannheim

Student, Industrial College of the Armed Forces

Joint Requirements and Assessments Officer; G-8, US Army Staff

Commander, 123d Signal Battalion, 3d Infantry Division (Mechanized)

Secretary of the General Staff, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, with duty as Secretary of the Joint Staff, Combined Joint Task Force 180, Afghanistan May 00   Mar 01   Chief of Operations and Plans; G-6, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, NC

Director of Operations, S-3, 82d Signal Battalion, 82d Airborne Division

USACGSC and School of Advanced Military Studies,

Instructor, later Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, USMA, West Point, NY

Assistant S-3, later Operations Officer, 35th Signal Brigade

Commander, C Company, 50th Signal Battalion, 35th Signal Brigade

Combat Developer, US Army Signal Center

Student, Signal Officer Advanced Course, US Army Signal Center

Assistant S3, 93d Signal Brigade, VII Corps, Ludwigsburg, Germany

Platoon Leader, D Company, 26th Signal Battalion, later Platoon Leader, then Executive Officer, C Company, 34th Signal Battalion, Cralsheim, Germany

 

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS

Chief of Staff, US Cyber Command

Director, Plans and Policy, J-5, US Cyber Command

Chief, C/J-6, International Security Assistance Force

Chief of Staff, Defense Information Systems Agency

Director of Operations, J-3, Joint Task Force-Global Network

Joint Requirements and Assessments Officer, Office of Deputy

Chief of Staff, G-8

 

SUMMARY OF OPERATIONAL ASSIGNMENTS 

Chief, C/J-6, International Security Assistance Force

OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM

Commander, 123d Signal Battalion, and G-6, 3d Infantry Division

(Mechanized), Fort Stewart, Georgia and OPERATION DESERT SPRING

Commander, 123d Signal Battalion, and G-6, 3d Infantry Division

(Mechanized), Fort Stewart, Georgia and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM

Secretary of the General Staff, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg

North Carolina, with duty as Secretary of the Joint Staff, Combined Joint Task Force 180, OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, Afghanistan

 

US DECORATIONS AND BADGES

Distinguished Service Medal

Defense Superior Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster) Legion of Merit (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)

Bronze Star Medal (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)

Meritorious Service Medal (with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster) Joint Service Commendation Medal

Army Commendation Medal (with 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters) Army Achievement Medal (with 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters) Master Parachutist Badge

Army Staff Identification Badge

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Presidential Volunteer Service Award for CSFI Volunteer Work

Arvin Verma, Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI) Fellow and an Officer in the US Navy Reserves serving as a Cryptologic Warfare Officer (Designator 1815), is presented with the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for CSFI volunteer work on cyber security projects. He was also presented with a CSFI Challenge coin.

Arvin Verma, Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI) Fellow and an Officer in the US Navy Reserves serving as a Cryptologic Warfare Officer (Designator 1815), is presented with the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for CSFI volunteer work on cyber security projects. He was also presented with a CSFI Challenge coin.

Arvin Verma is an extremely passionate and dedicated cyber security professional currently working as a third party security risk management specialist at PepsiCo. He has previously worked at organizations such as Ernst and Young, Boeing, and Navistar, providing and delivering a diverse set of technical and business solutions across the information technology and cybersecurity arena.

During his time at Boeing, he has filed 4 invention disclosures with one submission being granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office. He was also recognized with the prestigious title of ‘Boeing Inventor’ for his contributions.

Arvin is a graduate of Northern Illinois University’s College of Business (2011) with a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems and a graduate of DePaul University’s College of Computing and Digital Media (2014) with a master’s degree in Information Systems (concentration in Systems Integration and Information Security and Compliance).

In addition to his formal education and work experience, Arvin is ISC2 CISSP certified, CompTIA Security+ certified and ISO 27001 Lead Auditor certified. He is currently working on obtaining the CISM and CRISC certifications.

Outside of his professional career, Arvin is proudly serving as a direct commission officer in the US Navy Reserves as a Cryptologic Warfare officer (Designator 1815). Additionally, he is a dedicated collaborator with the Cybersecurity Forum Initiative and guest lecturer for NIU’s Operations Management and Information Systems department and Association of IT Professionals student group.

In his spare time, he likes to play tennis, golf, collect and play vintage guitars, vinyl records and various action video games. He also spends his spare time working on and repairing classic and high end sports cars.

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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