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The Importance of Collections in Cyberspace Operations


Paul de Souza – The Importance of Collections in Cyberspace Operations – Lecture at The Institute of World Politics

About the lecture:

This presentation provides a basic understanding of collection operations to support organizational missions, decision-making, and posturing organizations to discover and defend against current and emerging threats. Emphasis is placed on collection methodologies, information sharing, collaboration, and tailoring of intelligence products. Mr. de Souza will also cover the importance of the J2 as a vital part of cyberspace operations missions.


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Certified Collections Analyst – CCA


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Presenting Waylon Krush with a CSFI Coin

Paul de Souza_Waylon_Krush_Lunarline_CSFIPaul de Souza presents Waylon Krush from Lunarline with a CSFI Coin


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CSFI-CSCOE- Certified SCADA Cyberspace Operations Engineer


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New CSFI Advisory Board Director: Bobbie Stempfley

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Roberta G. (Bobbie) Stempfley joined the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute as director of the SEI’s CERT Division in June 2017. Stempfley previously served as director of cyber strategy implementation at MITRE Corp. and as acting assistant secretary and deputy assistant secretary, Office of Cyber Security and Communications, Department of Homeland Security. In addition to her work at DHS, Stempfley previously worked in the DoD as CIO of the Defense Information Systems Agency and as chief of the DoD Computer Emergency Response Team, which she established. Stempfley received her bachelor’s degree in engineering mathematics from the University of Arizona and her master’s degree in computer science from James Madison University. A recipient of many awards, she was recognized by CyberScoop as among the Top Women in Cybersecurity, by Federal Computer Week in the Fed 100, and by Information Week as one of the Top 50 Government CIOs.

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USMC (ret) Colonel Greg Breazile Joins CSFI Board

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Colonel Breazile served as the Director, Information Warfare Integration Division (IWID), Capabilities Development Directorate, Deputy Commandant Combat Development & Integration. He also served as the Director of the Marine Corps Cyber Task Force. Prior to this assignment he served as the Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School, 29 Palms, CA.

He began his enlisted service as a Marine Corps Reserve Anti-Tank Assault Man (TOW Gunner) and attained the rank of Corporal when he was accepted to the Platoon Leaders Class commissioning program. As a Marine Corps Officer, Colonel Breazile was trained in communications and has served 29 years as a Communications Officer. He has commanded at the platoon, company, battalion & group levels.
Colonel Breazile’s previous command positions include Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School; Commander MarDet NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan (NTM-A); Commanding Officer, 7th Communication Battalion, III MEF; Company Commander & Executive Officer, Bravo Company, 8th Communication Battalion, II MEF; Executive Officer, Marine Corps Recruiting Station Oklahoma City; Platoon Commander, 3d Battalion, 12th Marines, 3d Marine Division; Platoon Commander, 3d Combat Engineer Battalion, 3d Marine Division.

His previous staff assignments include Division Chief, COCOM Support Division (J63), Joint Staff; Director of Operations (CJ-3) & Director of Strategic Communication/Spokesman for the NTM-A; Deputy Division Chief, Enterprise Services Division (J65B), Joint Staff; Assistant Chief of Staff G-6, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing; Division Chief, Strategic Plans Division (CS), C4 Department, Headquarters Marine Corps; Assistant Chief of Staff G-6, Marine Corps Forces Europe; Operations Officer (S-3), 8th Communication Battalion; Communication Planner, U.S. European Command; Operations Officer, Recruiting Station Oklahoma City; Communication Officer (S-6), 3d Battalion, 12th Marines, 3d Marine Division; Communication Officer (S-6), 3d Combat Engineer Battalion, 3d Marine Division.

Colonel Breazile has participated in the following operations: Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), Operation Unified Assistance (Thailand), Operation Joint Guardian (Bosnia/Kosovo), Operation Shining Hope (Albania), Operation Allied Force/Noble Anvil (Naples, Italy), Operation Joint Endeavor (Stuttgart, Germany), Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm (Saudi Arabia/Kuwait)
Colonel Breazile has earned a Masters of Military Art and Science (MMAS) Degree from the Army Command & General Staff College, as well as a Master of Arts (MA) Degree in Information Management from Webster University. He has also attained a Master of Science (MS) Degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF).

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175th COG Booth at Cyber Maryland 2017

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and the 175th Air National Guard Cyberspace Operations Group

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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