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Valley Forge Military College – CASS (Center for the Advancement of Security Studies)

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Valley Forge Military College’s Center for the Advancement of Security Studies (CASS) hosted a panel of experts to discuss the current and future terrorist and cybersecurity threats to America. In an apolitical framework, the panel deciphered the rhetoric surrounding these “hot-button” issues, and provided their assessment of America’s national security. CSFI was well represented by USAF COL (ret) Steve Korns who’s a Senior CSFI Fellow and Cyber Lead at Redhorse Corporation.

For information on Valley Forge Military Academy and College: http://www.vfmac.edu

“Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, or Hot Air?: Assessing the Current and Future Terrorist and Cybersecurity Threats to America”

Special thanks to Dr. Earl J. Catagnus Jr, Assistant Professor of History and Security Studies at Valley Forge Military College and the absolutely superb academic team from VFMC!

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USAF COL (ret) Steve Korns and Cadets

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Outstanding Panelists included.

Jack Tomarchio – Mr. Tomarchio is a former Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis Operations at Department of Homeland Security, and is a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council at the Pennsylvania State University and on the Board of Advisors of the Drexel University Cyber Security Institute.

George Schwartz, Ed.D. – Dr. Schwartz is currently the Chair of Professional Studies at Immaculata University where he manages the Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Planning & Management, and launching a Bachelor’s degree in Cybersecurity. Additionally, he is a Brigadier General in the U.S. Army National Guard, and in that capacity he serves as the Deputy Commandant, Reserve Affairs at the U.S. Army War College, and Assistant Adjutant General for the Pennsylvania National Guard.

Kevin Hyde – Mr. Hyde is currently the Managing Director of Layer 8 Security, LLC, a technology and consulting firm dealing specifically with the multifarious aspects of cybersecurity facing business, industry, and government. He is also a USMCR Major, intelligence officer, who served for three years as a Strategic Cyber Planner at U.S. Cyber Command.

Steve Korns – Mr. Korns currently serves as Vice President and Cyber Lead at Redhorse Corporation, a San Diego based technology and IT services company. He is a retired U.S Air Force Colonel who contributed directly to National and DoD cyber initiatives, including as a member of the Presidential Commission for the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative, Director of Cyber Operations Assessments at U.S. CYBER COMMAND, Chief of Staff at the U.S. National Cyber Security Center, and Director of the DoD Global Network Operations and Security Center.

Description of VFMC’s Center for the Advancement of Security Studies:
VFMC Center for the Advancement of Security Studies (CASS) is a virtual coordinating center that houses faculty expertise to develop programs, manage outreach, create internship opportunities, and share information to serve students, academics, military professionals, industry leaders, and policy makers. The Center directly supports students enrolled in the Justice & Security Studies major with resources provided by the faculty who are both practitioners and scholars.

Valley Forge Military College – CASS (Center for the Advancement of Security Studies) is a CSFI Educational and Strategic Supporter. 

Special thanks to Redhorse Corporation: https://www.redhorsecorp.com

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Sea, Air, and Space Expo – MCPA/CSFI

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US Army Colonel (Ret) Carmine Cicalese (MCPA Chief of Staff), left, and Dr. Margaret Polski (Military Cyber Affairs Editor in Chief), center, discuss national security and cyber operations with a visitor to the Sea, Air, and Space Expo in National Harbor, MD.

Joe Billingsley (MCPA Founder and CSFI Advisor) oversees the booth at the Navy League's Sea, Air, and Space Expo at National Harbor, MD

Joe Billingsley (MCPA Founder and CSFI Advisor) oversees the booth at the Navy League’s Sea, Air, and Space Expo at National Harbor, MD

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Richard Tackels (Arnouse Digital Devices, Corp. and booth sponsor), left, and Joe Billingsley (MCPA Founder and CSFI Advisor), right, are ready to engage visitors at the Sea, Air, and Space booth. Richard’s company provides the microcloud hardware used by the CSFI CTF demo on the left. WEB: http://www.arnousedigitaldevices.com

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Roger W. Kuhn, CISSP Senior Systems Engineer, Technical at US Army CECOM ISEC/ USCGR Officer (Retired), CSFI Advisory Board of Directors is presented with the MCPA’s Order of Thor by Norman R. Hayes, Rear Admiral (ret.), US Navy Former Director of the Intelligence Headquarters, EUCOM (J-2) CSFI Advisory Board of Directors, MCPA Board of Advisors.

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Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder/MCPA Advisor, Dr. Margaret Polski (Military Cyber Affairs Editor in Chief), Norman R. Hayes, Rear Admiral (ret.) CSFI Advisory Board of Directors, MCPA Board of Advisors, and Roger W. Kuhn, CISSP Senior Systems Engineer, Technical at US Army CECOM ISEC/ USCGR Officer (Retired), CSFI Advisory Board of Directors

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Dr. Margaret Polski being presented with the Order of Thor Medal.

 

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Leading the way, Admiral Jan Tighe is the first visitor of the MCPA booth at SAS 2017! Photo: Admiral Tighe (right) with MCPA Founder, Joe Billingsley.

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Dr. Margaret Polski and the Order of Thor Medal

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CSFI-CTF (Capture The Flag) Cyber Challenge using the MDC8 Cyber Tactical Fly Away Kit

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SIG Security Seminar – Sweden 2017

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This year’s FOCUS seminar was about investigating emerging game-changing methods for management of IT security and information security related risks with international views across the IT threat landscape. Due to the international participation, the event was held in English, where the recorded number of attendants was the highest its ever been.

During the annual meeting that followed the event, Janne Haldesten, a CSFI Fellow, was elected chairman of the board for SIG Security.

SIG Security is the biggest information security community in Sweden for professionals active in information security. The community has around 600 members.

The purpose of SIG Security is to create awareness and educate professionals in the field of information security through:

* Influencing the development of important questions throughout the information security area
* Supporting and strategically developing the professional network of its members by exchanging experiences within and also outside of the SIG Security community.
* Initiating expansion efforts and information sharing regarding relevant security topics
* Encouraging education, training and events within the information security area
* Supporting sound and balanced advancement of information security within private and public sectors as well as the society as a whole.

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“My deepest THANK YOU to Marta Piekarska, William Van Der Merwe ACCA, Doug Hubbard, and Paul De Souza for your outstanding efforts during the SIG Security conference. You wouldn’t believe the feedback I have received from the audience. You people made this the best conference I have attended in years. My head still buzzes with thoughts, questions, realizations, and epiphanies. Thanks!”
Bengt Berg
Head of Compliance Management Services at Cybercom, vice chairman of SIG Security Sweden

Årets FOCUS-seminarie handlade om att se närmare på kommande trender och utveckling av bl.a. IT-säkerhet och informationssäkerhetsrelaterade risker liksom den internationella synen på IT-hotlandskapet. Eventet hölls helt på engelska utifrån det internationella deltagandet där antalet anmälda deltagare i år var det högsta någonsin.

Under föreningens årsstämma som följde efter eventet valdes Janne Haldesten, tillika CSFI Fellow, till ordförande i SIG Securitys styrelse.

SIG Security är Sveriges största sammanslutning av personer som arbetar professionellt inom området IT- och informationssäkerhet. Föreningen har runt 600 medlemmar.

Föreningens arbetsområde är att skapa förståelse för och inspirera till arbetet kring informationssäkerhet genom att:

*Påverka utvecklingen av viktiga frågor inom verksamhetsområdet
*Främja och utveckla medlemmarnas kontakter och erfarenhetsutbyte såväl inom som utanför SIG Security
* Ta initiativ till angelägna utvecklingsåtgärder och kunskapsspridning
*Främja och påverka utbildning och konferensverksamhet inom verksamhetsområdet
*Främja en sund och god utveckling av informationssäkerheten inom näringsliv, offentlig förvaltning och samhället i övrigt

Bengt Berg, vice chairman of SIG Security, opening the event

Bengt Berg, vice chairman of SIG Security, opening the event

Last minute preparations for Mr. de Souza_s presentation

Last minute preparations for Mr. de Souza’s presentation

Marta Piekarska, Ph.D, researcher at Telekom Innovation Laboratories and a security architect at Blockstream, talking about how blockchain technology can change the way we deal with IT s

Marta Piekarska, Ph.D, researcher at Telekom Innovation Laboratories and a security architect at Blockstream, talking about how blockchain technology can change the way we deal with IT security

Marta Piekarska during the Q&A session at the end of her presentation

Marta during the Q&A session at the end of her presentation

A lot of people were interested in Mr. de Souza's presentation - Cyber Capabilities at the Tactical Edge

A lot of people were interested in Mr. de Souza’s presentation – Cyber Capabilities at the Tactical Edge.

William Van Der Merwe, business developer and expert in quantitative risk analysis at Palisade, talks about the pitfalls in how many organizations calculate risks today

William Van Der Merwe, business developer and expert in quantitative risk analysis at Palisade, talks about the pitfalls in how many organizations calculate risks today

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Paul de Souza in action

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Greg Touhill USAF Brigadier General (ret) Former White House CISO Joins CSFI Advisory Board

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CSFI Advisory Director, USAF Brigadier General (ret) Former White House Chief Information Security Officer, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and as Director of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center.

Greg Touhill is one of the nation’s premier cybersecurity and information technology senior executives. A highly experienced leader of large, complex, diverse, and global operations, in 2016 Greg was selected by President Obama as the U.S. government’s first Chief Information Security Officer. His other civilian government service includes duties as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and as Director of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center where he led national programs to protect the United States and its critical infrastructure. Greg is a retired Air Force general officer, a highly-decorated combat leader, an accomplished author and public speaker, a former American diplomat, and a senior executive with documented high levels of success on the battlefield and in the boardroom.

 

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Admiral Jan Tighe

Admiral Jan Tighe, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare and the Director of Naval Intelligence and Paul De Souza

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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