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AUSA Global Force in Huntsville – CSFI CTF Video

CSFI was very lucky to get some video exposure from C4ISRNET, DefenseNews and FederalTIMES during the AUSA event. Please watch the video and feel free to share it with others. Our CSFI CTF (Capture The Flag) Cyber Challenge was a hit. Cyber folks LOVE CTFs! It’s hands-on fun.

Video here:

FifthDomain Reporter Mark Pomerleau plays cyber capture the flag with the Cyber Security Forum Initiative’s demo at AUSA Global Force in Huntsville. (Video by Daniel Woolfolk). CSFI uses BioPC technologies for its Fly Away Kit (MDC-8). Great technology used by SOCOM for the deployment of cyberspace operations at the tactical edge.

Here’s our CSFI CTF page:

We continue to polish and improve our CTF all the time by adding more challenging flags.

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CSFI Founder Paul de Souza is presented with the 856 CPT coin for his various forms of support

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The Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge – COLONIALS!


“I had the honor to be the GWU Coach of an impressive team of cyber professionals during this year’s 9/12 competition in Washington DC. The team Captain Karadi, Kelly, Whit, and Tonya represented George Washington University as team Colonials. They adequately represented
GWU with professionalism, boldness and particularly acute knowledge of planning, strategy, and cyberspace operations. What an amazing team! I sincerely hope to have the opportunity to work with them once again.”

Paul de Souza, CSFI-CWD (Cyber Warfare Division) Founder Director
Military Cyber Professionals Association (MCPA) Advisor
Adjunct Faculty, George Washington University

The Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge is an annual cyber policy competition for students across the globe to compete in developing national security policy recommendations tackling a fictional cyber catastrophe. In 2017, the Student Challenge will take place in Washington, DC in March, Geneva, Switzerland in April, and Sydney, Australia in September.

In Washington, DC, in partnership with American University’s School of International Service, student teams confront a serious cybersecurity breach of national and international importance. Teams will compose policy recommendations and justify their decision-making process, considering the role and implications for relevant civilian, military, law enforcement, and private sector entities and updating the recommendations as the scenario evolves.

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The 2017 AUSA ILW Global Force Symposium & Exposition – MCPA Booth

CSFI CTF (Capture The Flag) Cyber Challenge

This symposium explored the capabilities outlined in the Army Operating Concept and how the force transforms from being adaptive to driving innovation for Force 2025 and beyond. Special guest presentations coupled with panel discussions from our senior military and industry leaders, addresses critical points of acquisition, research and development, and partnering between military and industry. For the Army, this means restructuring military-industrial programs. The Army must take a hard look at its acquisition processes, with an eye towards the future, in order to continue maintaining a competitive overmatch against potential adversaries.

6,000+ attendees and exhibitors 200+ exhibits in South/East Halls and outdoor displays 75+ speakers and presenters and keynotes

Speakers included:

HON Steffanie B. Easter, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army, Acquisition, Logistics and Technology

GEN Gustave Perna, Commanding General, United States Army Materiel Command

GEN David Perkins, Commanding General, United States Army Training and Doctrine

Joe Billingsley, MCPA Founder – CSFI Advisory Board Director

Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder – MCPA Advisory Board

US Army Captain Eubanks taking the CTF Cyber Challenge

US Army Captain Eubanks is presented with a CSFI Challenge Coin at AUSA Alabama 2017

Rich Tackels, ADDC

Rich Tackels, ADDC

Cybercents – Cyber Range


CSFI Fly Away Kit – Cyber Ops Capabilities.

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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