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Thomas C. Wingfield (NDU) and Paul de Souza (CSFI)

It was a pleasure to get together with Thomas Wingfield from #NDU National Defense University at the College of Information and Cyberspace #CIC @Fort Mcnair. Thomas is shaping the future of American national security and strengthening our allies.


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Cyber Security Forum Initiative booth at the Cyber Security Summit 2018

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Awesome Cyber Security Forum Initiative booth at the Cyber Security Summit, DC Metro. Thank you Hannah Phillips Natalia Kulczycki and Daria Etezadi for managing our booth! Thank you Bradford Rand for putting together such an impressive event in DC!

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Christine de Souza and Women in Technology (WIT)

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Paul de Souza, CSFI and Christine de Souza, (USAF/DHS/CSFI/SOSi)

Christine de Souza was a finalist for the Women in Defense category at this year’s #WIT Leardership Awards, and I had the pleasure of accompanying her at this prestigious event. Thank you for your amazing service to America, Christine!

Women in Technology (WIT) has the sole aim of advancing women in technology — from the classroom to the boardroom.




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American Legion Post 34 – Patrick Henry


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What is the mission of American Legion Post 34 – Patrick Henry?
Uphold the constitution of the United States

American Legion Post 34, which also operates under the name Patrick Henry, is located in Brooklyn, Maryland. This organization primarily operates in the Veterans’ Organization business / industry within the Membership Organizations sector. This organization has been operating for approximately 60 years.

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.

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Paul de Souza and Robert L. Strayer


Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder and Robert L. Strayer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy.

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Robert L. Strayer is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy.

Before joining the State Department, Mr. Strayer was the general counsel for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee under the leadership of Senator Bob Corker (R-TN). In that position, he oversaw the drafting and passage of the committee’s legislation and advised the Chairman on policy matters, including cyber security, sanctions, and digital economic policy. During 2015, Mr. Strayer taught a seminar on cyber security law as an adjunct law professor at the George Mason University law school.

From 2011 to 2012, Mr. Strayer was the director of the homeland security project at the Bipartisan Policy Center, which was led by 9/11 Commission co-chairs former Governor Tom Kean and former Congressman Lee Hamilton. During that time, he initiated and directed a task force on cyber security that published a report on eliminating cyber security information sharing impediments.

From 2005 to 2011, Mr. Strayer served as a counsel and, subsequently, Republican deputy staff director on the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. In that role, he managed the development of cyber security policy and the drafting of cyber security legislation. In addition, he was a counsel on the committee’s special investigation of the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina, reviewing communications failures following the hurricane.

From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Strayer practiced telecommunications law at WilmerHale. Prior to the law firm, he clerked for then-Chief Judge Lanier Anderson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and served as the Si Karas fellow in the Solicitor’s Office of the Ohio Attorney General.

Mr. Strayer received a law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was Order of the Coif, and he earned his B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude, from Denison University.

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New CSFI Fellow Desislava Stoyneva (Bulgaria)


Desislava Stoyneva is a security professional who studied safety and security management in an international environment at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Previously, she was an intern at the NATO School Oberammergau (NSO) in Germany where she improved her legal research skills and knowledge and interned as a course administrator for various NSO operational courses. Desislava demonstrated extraordinary enthusiasm and interest in the security field, so she pursued and successfully completed the NATO Counterterrorism Course and NATO CBRN Introduction Course. She further enhanced her research skills when as a counterterrorism research intern at the Marshall Center for Security Studies, where she demonstrated great knowledge and awareness about current terrorist and geopolitical issues and assessed contemporary efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism. Moreover, Desislava demonstrated immense enthusiasm through voluntarily supporting the Regional Security Program, which took place at the time of her internship there. After graduating, she was selected as a dispatching unit trainee at the European Parliament where she served as an active member in the unit’s day-to-day duties as well as being deeply involved in the project management process.

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The IWP Cyber Intelligence Initiative (Ci2)


Joe Billingsley, Dean Lane, and Paul de Souza

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The IWP Cyber Intelligence Initiative (Ci2) is a professional education program of The Institute of World Politics. IWP Ci2 was designed by business leaders and national security experts to help practitioners and companies better understand the intersection between cyberspace, intelligence, counterintelligence, and national security and how to use intelligence to develop policies and operations that proactively increase security and reduce business risk.

To learn more about IWP CII programs, please visit

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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