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Welcome LtGen, USMC (Ret.) John Toolan to our CSFI Advisory Board!

LtGen, USMC (Ret.) John Toolan
CSFI Advisory Director

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Lieutenant General John ‘Jocko’ Toolan Jr served as the Commander, Marine Forces Pacific, from August 2014 until August 2016. He retired from active duty on 1 October 2016. Commissioned in 1976 upon graduation from Fordham University, his first assignment was as an infantry platoon commander with 1st Battalion, 9th Marines in Okinawa in 1977. He subsequently served at every command billet in the Infantry, while gaining broad experience in the Joint arena through his service on both the NATO and PACOM staffs. He has an extensive background in the Indo/Asia-Pacific region at both strategic policy and operational levels. He also holds a Master’s of Business Administration from National University. From 1989 to 1991, Lieutenant General Toolan served as the operations officer for 2nd Light Armored Infantry Battalion, a role in which he led and planned ground combat operations in support of Operation JUST CAUSE in Panama and Operation DESERT SHIELD DESERT STORM during the liberation of Kuwait. Following a tour serving as the Commanding Officer of 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Lieutenant General Toolan attended Air Force War College in Montgomery, Alabama, and was subsequently assigned as the Deputy Joint Planning Officer at Supreme Allied Headquarters, Mons, Belgium. In this position, he assumed duties as the Lead Planner for Operation ALLIED FORCE, the liberation of Kosovo, and retrograde operations in Bosnia. Selected to Colonel, he was selected for a training command and then was chosen to serve as the 1st Marine Division Operations Officer for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM I and the “march up” to Baghdad in 2003. Lieutenant General Toolan took command of Regimental Combat Team 1 during combat operations and led the regiment into Baghdad. His regiment returned to Al-Anbar Province, Iraq for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM II in 2004 and led the initial assault into Fallujah. Following regimental command, he was assigned as the Director of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico, Virginia. In this role, he led significant changes to the college’s curriculum to emphasize socio-cultural understanding based on his experiences as a commander during combat operations in Iraq. Promoted to Brigadier General in 2006, assigned to Office of the Secretary of Defense as the Principal Director for Asia/Pacific Affairs, this assignment required extensive understanding of the Asia / Pacific region, and an intense travel schedule, that took him throughout the region, interacting with multiple nations. He was a key participant in negotiations for a revised lay down of forces in the Pacific, assistance programs for the Philippines, and many other initiatives. Selected as Deputy Commander, United States Forces Japan from 2008 to 2010. This tour capitalized on his relationships he had built in the Pacific especially Japan. He was promoted to Major General in 2009. In July 2010, Lieutenant General Toolan was assigned as the Commander of the 2nd Marine Division. In March 2011, he deployed on Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, as the Commanding General, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in the role of Commander, Regional Command (South West) A NATO JOINT command until March 2012. In September 2012, Lieutenant General Toolan was promoted to his current rank and assumed command of the I Marine Expeditionary Force the largest fighting force in the Corps. Lieutenant General Toolan assumed command of Marine Forces, Pacific in August of 2014. Boards, Advisory and other positions: Senior Member—Marine Corps General Officers’ Executive Conference; Senior Mentor—Marine Staff Training Program; Member—National Association Corporate Directors.

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Welcome, New CSFI Fellow Berta Jarosova (Czech Republic)

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Berta Jarosova is a young professional, a current trainee at the Department of Cybersecurity at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and External Collaborator at the Center for Cyber Security and International Relations Studies in Florence, Italy. Previously, she served as a trainee at the Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to the United Nations in New York where she was responsible, inter alia, for cybersecurity agenda, including meetings related to the UN GGE, Freedom Online Coalition and human rights in the digital age. Berta holds an Advanced Master Degree (LL.M.) in Public International Law from Leiden University, The Netherlands and a first-class Bachelor Degree in European and International Law from Sorbonne Law School (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne). She is also an alumni of International Cyber Security Summer School, a multidisciplinary course on cyberwarfare, cybercrime and cyber defence co-organized by NATO Communication and Information Agency and Europol. Berta has initially developed her interest and passion in cybersecurity following the official launch of the Tallinn Manual 2.0 in The Hague and during her graduate studies of hybrid and cyberwarfare. Her current interests include cyber diplomacy, cyberwarfare in the Middle East and the intersection of cyber and space security.


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CSFI Advisory Board meeting, Washington DC, 24 Aug 2018

CSFI_Advisory_Board_meeting_2018_Washington DCFrom left to right: Joe Billingsley Paul Becker Dare King Paul De Souza Kelly Goggin Gregory Touhill Lisa Schlosser and Marc Jamison – Special thanks to the Institute of World Politics

***CSFI Advisory Board present at the meeting:
Joseph L. Billingsley, Military Cyber Professionals Association (MCPA) Founder
Paul Becker, Rear Admiral, USN (ret.)
Ms. Dare King, Former Senior Intelligence Service Officer at the CIA
Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder
Kelly L. Goggin, Col. (ret.), USAF – Former Senior Director of Congressional Inquiries for the Air Force at the Pentagon
Greg Touhill, 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.
Ms. Lisa Schlosser, Former Deputy Federal Chief Information Officer, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of President
Marc Jamison, Colonel (ret.), USAF

***CSFI Advisory Board members present via phone con:
Brig. Gen. Welton Chase Jr., Commanding General, 7th Signal Command (Theater)
Joseph A. Brendler, Maj. Gen. (ret.) Former Chief of Staff, US Cyber Command
Norman R. Hayes, Rear Admiral (ret.), US Navy, Former Director of the Intelligence Headquarters, EUCOM (J-2)
Chris Stenman, Colonel (ret.), US Army Former USCYBERCOM Director for Congressional Affairs

Thank you for your service!

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New CSFI Fellow (ISRAEL) Erin Margolis


Erin Margolis is an American Israeli who has spent 3 years working in Israel in cyber, high tech, entrepreneurship, and education and currently works for Triple Cyberness in creating experiential training such as cybersecurity escape rooms, virtual reality, and computer games.

She holds a BA in psychology and attended masters classes at the elite video game program The Guildhall, where she worked for THQ and shipped AAA video game Title Frontlines Fuel of War. She has also worked on several tactical games as a level designer and produced projects for Intel and Disney.

Erin founded and was CEO of unique game development agency Game Dev House which has 65 industry professionals who teach and run game development workshops. Game Dev House was one of the first game development schools to teach students with learning disabilities. The firm was originally inspired by international culture and training the youth in digital development during the time she was lead instructor at Harvard iD tech Games Academy and instructing at Princeton. 

Shortly after the natural disaster SuperStorm Sandy in 2012, Erin began working in Information Technology and was a computer technician at over 200 banks, hospitals, and offices in the tri-state area doing repairs and upgrades and was a preferred technician for Wells Fargo Advisers and BB&T. 

A career highlight was being a behind the scenes person in maintaining back up banking systems up to date and ready to run in the event of natural disasters and emergencies, serving both in the New York financial district, Wall St., with their respective locations in NJ.

She enjoys all things cyber, technical, and communications related, especially bringing synergistic groups together and forming win-win alliances.

Besides working full time in cybersecurity training, Erin is an adviser at the new Negev Hi-Tech Faculty Startup Accelerator at Ben Gurion University. She particularly enjoys guiding young people in coding and participating in hackathons.

She is honored to be an Israel CSFI fellow.

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Paul de Souza, CSFI and Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI)

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Paul de Souza, CSFI and Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI)

James R. Langevin is the U.S. Representative for Rhode Island’s 2nd congressional district, serving since 2001. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Langevin is the first quadriplegic to serve in Congress.

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Paul de Souza CSFI/MCPA, Stephen J. Hager Brigadier General, US Army Reserve/MCPA, and Christine de Souza CSFI

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Paul de Souza, Stephen J. Hager Brigadier General, US Army Reserve, and Christine de Souza

Brigadier General Stephen J. Hager was commissioned in 1987 as a Signal Corps Officer. As an active duty officer, he served as Platoon Leader and Executive Officer for Alpha Company, 742nd Military Intelligence Battalion, 704th Military Intelligence Brigade at Fort Meade, Maryland. During Operation Desert Storm he served as the System Control Officer, S-3, 13th Signal Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division. Upon return, he was assigned to the National Security Agency as a Senior Electrical Engineer in the microelectronics advanced research group. Deployed in Operation Restore Hope, he was assigned as the Communications Officer, CENTCOM J-2 Forward in Mogadishu, Somalia.

Hager left active duty, and joined the Army Reserves in 1995, serving in various positions. While in the 91st Division, his assignments included Battle Command Staff Simulation Officer, Company Commander, Observer Controller, G-2 Security Officer, and G-3 Plans Officer.

Mobilized in 2013, he deployed to Afghanistan as the Deputy Commander for the 335th Signal Command (Theater) (Provisional). In Afghanistan, he was responsible for all Architecture, Design, Engineering, and Installation of the strategic communication network as well as oversight of communications commercialization projects. Brigadier General Hager most recently deployed to Kuwait as the Chief of Staff for the 335th Signal Command (Theater)(Provisional) in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. In March 2015, Brigadier General Hager was selected as the Deputy Commanding General for the 335th Signal Command (Theater) in East Point, Georgia.

His military education includes the Army Signal Officer Basic Course, Advanced Cryptologic Management Course, Signal Officer Advanced Course, Observer/Controller Course, Mobilization Planners Course, The Combined Arms Services Staff School, the Army Command and General Staff College, the Battalion/Brigade Pre-Command Course, and the Army War College.

Hager’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (sixth award), the Army Commendation Medal (second award), the Army Achievement Medal (third award) and various other campaign and service ribbons. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and a Master’s of Science Degree in Engineering Computer Science from Santa Clara University. He also received a Master’s of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.

Hager resides in Los Gatos, California with his wife, Eve, and their three children, Lauren, Taylor, and Bradley. In his civilian career, Hager is a software developer for a technology company in Silicon Valley.

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Protecting Your Enterprise from the Human Element: Your Employees and Corporate Spies

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Protecting Your Enterprise from the Human Element: Your Employees and Corporate Spies (Cyber Security Summit)

Moderated by Ryan Spelman, Senior Director, Center for Internet Security

Ronald Yearwood, Section Chief of Cyber Operations III, Cyber Division, The FBI, Paul De Souza, Founder & President, Cyber Security Forum Initiative, Justin Fier, Director of Cyber Intelligence & Analytics, Darktrace, John Smith, Sr. Security Engineer, ExtraHop Networks, Kristina Tanasichuk, Founder and CEO, Government Technology & Services Coalition

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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