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Admiral Rogers, USCYBERCOM/NSA

Paul de Souza CSFI Admiral Rogers USCYBERCOM NSAPaul de Souza, CSFI Founder and Admiral Rogers USCYBERCOM/NSA

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CSFI Challenge Coin

Paul_de_Souza_Greg_Touhill_CSFIPaul de Souza presents CSFI Challenge Coin to Bill Leigher and Greg Touhill.

Bill Leigher
Rear Admiral (ret.), US Navy

Greg Touhill
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.

Get your CSFI coin here:

Thank you for supporting CSFI!

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CSFI Defensive Cyberspace Operations Engineer (DCOE)


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Extensively Testing the MDC-10 at G2 Ops in Virgina Beach

May 13th 2017

CSFI would like to thank the continuing mission support provided by G2 Ops, Van Cleve & Associates, INC, and ADDC.


CSFI uses the MDC-10 appliance as an important piece of hardware for persitant cyberspace operations training of the warfighter at the tactical edge.

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Mr. Roger W. Kuhn, Jr. testing the MDC-10 mobile data center Former Science Advisor, Naval Network Warfare Command Former Science Advisor, Fleet Cyber Command/Commander, 10th Fleet Former Science Advisor, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command Office of Naval Research (ONR) Adjunct Professor, Cybersecurity Strategy & Information Management, George Washington University LCDR (ret.), USCGR CSFI Advisory Director CSFI Education Fellow



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New CSFI Fellow Vic Hyder Commander, USN (SEAL) ret.

Vic Hyder
CEO, Blue Coral AG
Commander, USN (SEAL) ret.
CSFI Fellow

Vic Hyder is a security and privacy professional with international experience in both commercial and government sectors. A combat decorated, career Navy SEAL; founding member and former Chief Operating Officer of Silent Circle; and the current CEO of Blue Coral.
Blue Coral provides specialized physical and cyber security services to select clients. Just prior to retirement from the military, Hyder founded Blue Coral offering tailored security solutions that leverage his problem-solving experience in chaotic and unfamiliar situations. Clients include the likes of Emirates Air, Unified Technologies Corp, Defense Intelligence Agency, Matthew McConaughey, Pit Bull and Tom Cruise.
Silent Circle, founded in 2012 and headquartered in Geneva, delivers encrypted communication tools to businesses and governments in over 130 countries with a truly revolutionary ecosystem of privacy focused software, services, and devices. Makers of Blackphone, the world’s first mobile phone built for privacy. As COO, CMO and Chief Strategy Officer over the course of nearly 5 years, Hyder helped build this tech start-up from a $5M seed to a valuation of $550M creating a new space in telecommunications and privacy.
Commander Hyder served 20 years as a Naval Special Warfare (SEAL) officer with operational and management experience around the world in all environments. He led teams from size 4 to 400 conducting special operations worldwide in direct combat, peace-time diplomacy, and politically sensitive settings. CDR Hyder’s leadership and decision-making skills under the most severe conditions earned him the Silver Star (our nation’s 3rd highest combat award – Afghanistan), Bronze Star (Iraq), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (Haiti), and the Presidential Unit Citation, as well as other various medals and awards.
Some specific military career highlights include commanding one of the first joint special operations teams on the ground in Afghanistan following 9/11; leading a 30-man element in South America’s Tri-Border Area; coordination of combat operations for a 350-man Task Force in Iraq; providing close-in personal security with 8 details for interim Iraqi gov’t leaders in Baghdad; leading a clandestine team in Bosnia hunting persons indicted for war crimes; taking the first military team to Port au Prince in response to Haiti’s 2010 earthquake that killed nearly 300k and displaced over 1.5M; advising U.S. and Jamaican authorities during violent uprisings in Kingston; and, during various contingencies and periods of concern in multiple other nations, serving as the senior DoD or Special Operations representative to U.S. Ambassadors and allies.
A graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, Hyder also holds a master’s degree in Strategic Thinking and Campaign Planning from the highly selective School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. His education in business was accelerated via immersion and personal drive.

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Brian SteortsBrian Steorts, Owner/Founder, served in the Army as an infantry paratrooper in the 82nd ABN and served 12 years as an Air Force Special Operations aviator.

Flags Of Valor

Combat veteran owned and operated, these unique and custom made wooden flags are created by American heroes, many service disabled. The production of this beautiful piece of art provides more than just a job for the service members employed; it gives them a purpose and provides them with a therapeutic transition to civilian life.

Flags Of Valor is far more than a veteran-run business. From our inception, we’ve been driven by two distinct ideas.  First, that our combat veterans deserve opportunity. Second, the belief that Made in America still matters. Our team is exceptional and constantly growing. The majority of our craftsman are service-disabled, with significant combat-related injuries.  We’ve created an environment where teamwork is foundational and camaraderie is supreme.


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“Brian leads a genuine successful veteran-run business! I was remarkably impressed by the quality of craftsmanship of their products. Flags of Valor represent patriotism and integrity. I highly recommend their products!”  Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder 

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IT Infrastructure Modernization Presentation by DTS at NETMOD 2017


Today’s military faces a complex set of challenges that will increase the need for flexibility, agility, and adaptation in order to overcome our potential adversaries. When it comes to evaluating our ability to succeed in the future fight we must prepare for the eventuality of peer threats whose electronic, cyber, and network capabilities will have the technology to hamper our own ability to communicate.

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Norman R. Hayes
Rear Admiral (ret.), US Navy
Former Director of the Intelligence Headquarters, EUCOM (J-2)
CSFI Advisory Board of Directors
Executive Vice President Cybersecurity and Intelligence Strategies, Dynamic Technology Systems, Inc. (DTS)

DTS has the unique capability to support Automated VM Deployment, ATO Documentation, and On-Demand Reporting with accuracy and most importantly in a very short period of time!

“Literally turns months to weeks; days to hours; minutes to seconds…” … former Federal Government CIO

► Reduced Risk, Cost Efficient and Security Enhanced Environment ► Automated STIG enforcement -90%+ Compliance w/DISA SCAP Scans ► Semantic Asset Management ► Automated Generation of RMF Security Documentation ► Real-Time Security Reports

Please feel free to contact DTS to request a demo and learn more about how to take your IA certification and accreditation to the next level!

Dynamic Technology Systems, Incorporated 5285 Shawnee Road, Suite 500,
Alexandria, VA 22312 703.379.4800

IT Infrastructure Modernization Presentation by DTS

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CSFI Challenge Coin Presentation – USAF COL (ret) Steve Korns

Paul de Souza CSFI Steve_KornsPaul de Souza, CSFI Founder presents USAF COL (ret) Steve Korns who’s a Senior CSFI Fellow and Cyber Lead at Redhorse Corporation with a CSFI Challenge Coin.

Get your Collectable CSFI Challenge Coin from our website:

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.

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DLT Solutions is Presented with a Cyber Security Forum Initiative CSFI Challenge Coin!

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David Rubal, CISSP from DLT Solutions is presented with a Cyber Security Forum Initiative CSFI Challenge Coin! Thank you for your support David! Get your numbered collectable CSFI Challenge Coin now:

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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