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THOUGHTS ON CYBER WARFARE

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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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

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