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Christine de Souza – Hunt and Incident Response Team (HIRT) – DHS


Thank you to your dedication and service to our country Christine de Souza! You are an inspiration to women in technology everywhere. Christine serves on the Hunt and Incident Response Team (HIRT) for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC). She also serves as a Cyberwarfare Operations Officer at the #175th COG of the United States Air Force.

Christine de Souza also serves as a CSFI Director (Cyber Security Forum Initiative).


Currently, DHS utilizes response teams to respond to cyber incidents. The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), operated within the NCCIC, provides cybersecurity protection to federal civilian executive branch agencies, responds to incidents and analyzes data about emerging cyber threats, and collaborates with foreign governments and international entities to enhance the nation’s cybersecurity posture. The NCCIC’s Hunt and Incident Response Teams (HIRT) provide onsite incident response, free of charge, to organizations that require immediate investigation and resolution of cyber-attacks. HIRT teams provide DHS’s front line response for cyber incidents and proactively hunt for malicious cyber activity. When requested, HIRT can deploy a team to meet with the affected organization to review network topology, identify infected systems and collect other data as needed to perform thorough follow on analysis. HIRT is able to assist asset owners and operators in restoring service and can also provide mitigation strategies and recommendations for improving overall network and control systems security.



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New CSFI Advisory Board Member, Maj. Gen. Patricia Frost. Former Director of cyber within the U.S. Army‘s Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7.

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Maj. Gen. Patricia Frost is the former director of cyber within the U.S. Army‘s Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7.

Prior to her current role, Frost served as deputy commanding general for operations at the Army Cyber Command and Intelligence and Security Command as well as the military branch’s assistant chief of staff/G3.

Her previous assignments include roles as platoon leader of the 8th Infantry Division in Wildflecken, Germany; commander of headquarters and operations company and battalion operations and intelligence officer of the 741st Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort Meade, Maryland; and intelligence training and security officer of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

She also supported Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and the Philippines as well as held the position of South Asia and Southeast Asia regional desk officer for the Pacific Command’s J2 Intelligence directorate.

Additionally, she worked as deputy chief of initiatives group and director of executive engagements and services under the U.S. Army Pacific commanding general.

Frost completed military intelligence officer basic and advanced courses at the Combined Arms Services and Staff School, Command and General Staff College and Army War College.


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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