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Michigan CCDN Cyber Competition 2017

Paul de Souza, CSFI and First Place Baker College of Flint, Team A

Paul de Souza, CSFI and First Place Baker College of Flint, Team A AMAZING BLUE TEAM! SUPERB CYBER TALENT! 

The Cyber Security Forum Initiative – Cyber Warfare Division (CSFI-CWD) is a proud sponsor of the Michigan Collegiate Cyber Defense Network.

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Michigan CCDN:

We are a group of network engineers, security experts and educators working together to improve cyber defense education in the state of Michigan. We design, organize, conduct, assess and evaluate collegiate cyber defense teams in qualifiers, competitions and other events. Our goal is to invoke constructive competitiveness among institutions that will spark creative minds towards student academic success for entry into the highly competitive profession of computer networking and cyber defense.

 

We had 11 teams this year. The team placements are:

*****First Place Baker College of Flint, Team A*****
Second Place Eastern Michigan University
Third Place Baker College of Flint, Team B

This event has become so competitive that we had two institutions submit two teams, it paid off for them.

Here are a few names from the Michigan CCDN admin team,

James Lewis, State Director and Network Architect
Jim Czerew, Competition Director
Steve Fall, Assistant Director and Chief Judge
Doug Redman, Inject Manager
Jacob Brabbs, Network Engineer

This cyber defense qualifier was hosted by Davenport University, Lettinga Campus, Grand Rapids MI

James Lewis, State Director and Network Architect and Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder and Sponsor

James Lewis, State Director and Network Architect and Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder and Sponsor

Jim Czerew, Competition Director and Steve Fall Assistant Director and Chief Judge

Jim Czerew, Competition Director and Steve Fall Assistant Director and Chief Judge

Jim Czerew, Competition Director

Jim Czerew, Competition Director

Audience

Audience

White Team Ninjas

White Team Ninjas

RED TEAM ROOM

RED TEAM ROOM

Wanderson Castilho Owner, E-NetSecurity Solutions

Wanderson Castilho
Owner, E-NetSecurity Solutions

James Lewis, State Director and Network Architect (Jedi)

James Lewis, State Director and Network Architect (Jedi)

Paul de Souza, CSFI. Presenting to all competitors.

Paul de Souza, CSFI. Presenting to all competitors.

DEBRIEF FROM RED TEAM - Lessons learned!

DEBRIEF FROM RED TEAM – Lessons learned!

Thank you Davenport University!

Thank you Davenport University!

Michigan, a cyber state!

Michigan, a cyber state!

 

Each of the following educational institutions has distinguished themselves as leaders and pioneers in providing exceptional and quality education to their students in the profession of cyber security. Each of the listed institutions has placed in the top two positions in Michigan collegiate cyber defense competitions and qualifiers, has shared resources and skills in advancing cyber defense skills in the State of Michigan, and is recognized by both industry and academic professionals as a leader in cyber defense education.

Baker College of Flint

http://www.baker.edu
The Baker College student cyber defense team has placed first and second in multiple Michigan collegiate cyber defense qualifiers and competitions. At the present they are the only educational institution in the country to have won the national championship twice. Baker College of Flint is leading the way in cyber defense education and has hosted several competitive events.

Davenport University, Lettinga Campus

http://www.davenport.edu
The Davenport University student cyber defense team has placed first and second in multiple Michigan collegiate cyber defense qualifiers and competitions. They have provided support and resources necessary to conduct state collegiate cyber defense qualifiers and competitions and have demonstrated superior student skills in these activities.

Jackson Community College

http://www.jccmi.edu
The Jackson Community College student cyber defense team has shown remarkable skill in taking second place in their first collegiate cyber defense competition and qualifier, and for hosting a mid-west regional cyber defense competition. The skills demonstrated by their student team has set the highest standards for community colleges in the state of Michigan.

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LtCol Pete Schiefelbein, USMC, has been officially appointed by the DoD as a Liaison to CSFI.

LtCol Pete Schiefelbein, USMC DoD Liaison to Cyber Security Forum Initiative

LtCol Pete Schiefelbein, USMC
DoD Liaison to Cyber Security Forum Initiative

Lieutenant Colonel Pete Schiefelbein is a Marine Communication Officer with over 20 years of active service. He has held operational billets at every rank from Second Lieutenant through Lieutenant Colonel, including platoon commander, battalion S-6 Officer with antiaircraft and light armored reconnaissance battalions, infantry regiment S-6 Officer, Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) Deputy G-6, and Marine Corps Forces G-6 Operations Officer. He deployed in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM. He currently serves as Director, G-6 for the Marine Corps Training and Education Command in Quantico, Virginia, responsible for the governance, procurement, sustainment, and cyber security of over 20,000 user seats at more than 70 Marine Corps formal learning centers across the United States. Pete previously served at Headquarters, Marine Corps as the lead budget programmer for Marine Corps warfighting equipment, a portfolio comprised of over 130 programs valued at over $11 billion across the five year Defense Program. He has also served as a requirements officer and test officer at Defense Information Systems Agency, and as an acquisition project officer for tactical communication systems at Marine Corps Systems Command. Pete is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy (B.S., Mechanical Engineering) and the Naval Postgraduate School (M.S., Electrical Engineering).

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CYBER SECURITY/IA DAY AT INDIANA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA (IUP)


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Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder and Alexia de Souza, CSFI/Air National Guard MD.

Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder and Alexia de Souza, CSFI/Air National Guard MD.

 

 

 

Paul de Souza, — “The Current State of Cyberspace Operations in the Context of American National Security,” Paul de Souza, founder of Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI), former chief security engineer for AT&T

Paul de Souza, — “The Current State of Cyberspace Operations in the Context of American National Security,” Paul de Souza, founder of Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI), former chief security engineer for AT&T


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CSFI would like to specially thank and recognize the hard work of Soundararajan Ezekiel Ph.D. Professor, Computer Science Department Faculty Fellow, John P Murtha Institute for Homeland Security.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) is a public research university in Indiana County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is one of the two largest universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and thus the commonwealth’s fourth or fifth largest public university. As of fall 2014, IUP had 14,471 undergraduates and 2,257 graduate students attending the university. The university is 55 miles (89 km) northeast of Pittsburgh. It is governed by a local Council of Trustees and the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. IUP has branch campuses at Punxsutawney, Northpointe, and Monroeville. IUP is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). A research-intensive institution, the university has been included in the 2013 list of “Best Northeastern” schools by The Princeton Review, and IUP’s Eberly College of Business was included in the list of “Best Business Schools” in the Northeast.

Each year, the Institute for Cyber Security, in collaboration with the Computer Science Department, Center for Teaching Excellence, and IT Support Services, hosts Cyber Security/IA Day. This daylong event features nationally recognized security experts as well as speakers from regional law enforcement, government, security industry, and academia. Cyber Security/IA Day is open to the public, community colleges, and neighboring universities.

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CSFI is honored to train and certify Interfor Corporation – CSCOE- Certified SCADA Cyberspace Operations Engineer

nterfor Corporation is one of the largest lumber producers in the world. The company's sawmilling operations have a combined manufacturing capacity of over 3 billion board feet of lumber with sales to North America, Asia-Pacific and Europe.

Interfor Corporation is one of the largest lumber producers in the world. The company’s sawmilling operations have a combined manufacturing capacity of over 3 billion board feet of lumber with sales to North America, Asia-Pacific and Europe.

Certified SCADA Cyberspace Operations Engineer

Certified SCADA Cyberspace Operations Engineer

CSFI ICS/SCADA Labs

CSFI ICS/SCADA Labs

This course provides you with a thorough understanding of Industrial Control System (ICS) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) devices and their inner workings. You will learn how to execute cyber missions in which a SCADA environment is part of the greater cyberspace operational environment. By performing incident response on SCADA devices, you will learn in-depth concepts about SCADA devices.

What you will learn:

Concepts of SCADA devices
SCADA devices work and function
Security concepts and challenges directly with SCADA devices
Vulnerability assessments within SCADA environments
Incident response within a SCADA environment
Penetration tests on Industrial Control systems
Vulnerabilities in web applications used in industrial control systems
Hardware, network, user interface, and server-side vulnerabilities
Incident response on industrial control systems
Unique differences between ICS incident response and traditional

12 hands-on labs and more! Become a CSFI-CSCOE- Certified SCADA Cyberspace Operations Engineer

REQUEST GROUP TRAINING: https://www.globalknowledge.com/us-en/course/89125/csfi-cscoe-certified-scada-cyberspace-operations-engineer/

GSA Approved.

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Ms. Lisa Schlosser, Former Deputy Federal Chief Information Officer, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President Joins CSFI Advisory Board.

Ms. Lisa Schlosser, Former Deputy Federal Chief Information Officer, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President Joins CSFI Advisory Board.

Ms. Lisa Schlosser, Former Deputy Federal Chief Information Officer, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President Joins CSFI Advisory Board.

Ms. Lisa Schlosser currently serves on the Board of Directors for VetSports, on the Board of Advisors for Cylance, as a Cyber Security Advisor to Harrisburg University, and as an instructor at Georgetown University.

She most recently served as the Federal Deputy Chief Information Officer/Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President, and was also asked to serve a six-month temporary detail with the Office of Personnel Management as a Senior Advisor to the Acting Administrator.

She previously served as the Principal Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education, and the Director, Office of Information Collection, Office of Environmental Information, for the Environmental Protection Agency.

Lisa was also the Chief Information Officer (CIO), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Associate Chief Information Officer/Chief Information Security Officer, US Department of Transportation (US DOT), and as the Associate CIO for IT Security for the US DOT.

Prior to joining the Federal Government, Lisa worked in the private sector as a Vice-President for a small company and as a Senior Manager for Ernst & Young LLP.

Before entering the commercial sector, Lisa served as an Officer in the U.S. Army, and recently retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the US Army Reserves.

Lisa holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. degree in Administration from Central Michigan University.

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Former USCYBERCOM Director for Congressional Affairs US Army Colonel (Retired) Chris Stenman joins CSFI Advisory Board!

US Army Colonel (Ret) Chris Stenman, Former USCYBERCOM Director for Congressional Affairs, CSFI Advisory Director.

US Army Colonel (Ret) Chris Stenman, Former USCYBERCOM Director for Congressional Affairs, CSFI Advisory Director.

Colonel (Retired) Chris Stenman recently completed a 32-year Army career after serving at the United States Cyber Command as the Director for Congressional Affairs.  His operational and strategic experience building and leading diverse organizations in complex environments helped recognize and shape opportunities for everything from small tactical teams to national strategies.  Chris continues developing innovative cyber strategies and solutions for Battelle Memorial Institute.
Chris started as an Infantry Scout in the Minnesota National Guard, receiving his commission through ROTC.  He served primarily as an Intelligence Officer on active duty with tours with the Secretary of Defense staff, Army staff, Army Intelligence and Security Command, and with foundational experiences with the 101st Airborne and 25th Infantry Divisions.  Chris is also a graduate of the National War College.
Chris is very passionate about supporting our CSFI mission. His knowledge of Congress as it relates to cyber national security is most impressive.

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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