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Presidential Volunteer Service Award for CSFI Volunteer Work

Arvin Verma, Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI) Fellow and an Officer in the US Navy Reserves serving as a Cryptologic Warfare Officer (Designator 1815), is presented with the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for CSFI volunteer work on cyber security projects. He was also presented with a CSFI Challenge coin.

Arvin Verma, Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI) Fellow and an Officer in the US Navy Reserves serving as a Cryptologic Warfare Officer (Designator 1815), is presented with the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for CSFI volunteer work on cyber security projects. He was also presented with a CSFI Challenge coin.

Arvin Verma is an extremely passionate and dedicated cyber security professional currently working as a third party security risk management specialist at PepsiCo. He has previously worked at organizations such as Ernst and Young, Boeing, and Navistar, providing and delivering a diverse set of technical and business solutions across the information technology and cybersecurity arena.

During his time at Boeing, he has filed 4 invention disclosures with one submission being granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office. He was also recognized with the prestigious title of ‘Boeing Inventor’ for his contributions.

Arvin is a graduate of Northern Illinois University’s College of Business (2011) with a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems and a graduate of DePaul University’s College of Computing and Digital Media (2014) with a master’s degree in Information Systems (concentration in Systems Integration and Information Security and Compliance).

In addition to his formal education and work experience, Arvin is ISC2 CISSP certified, CompTIA Security+ certified and ISO 27001 Lead Auditor certified. He is currently working on obtaining the CISM and CRISC certifications.

Outside of his professional career, Arvin is proudly serving as a direct commission officer in the US Navy Reserves as a Cryptologic Warfare officer (Designator 1815). Additionally, he is a dedicated collaborator with the Cybersecurity Forum Initiative and guest lecturer for NIU’s Operations Management and Information Systems department and Association of IT Professionals student group.

In his spare time, he likes to play tennis, golf, collect and play vintage guitars, vinyl records and various action video games. He also spends his spare time working on and repairing classic and high end sports cars.

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Filed under: CYBER WARFARE, CYBERSPACE OPERATIONS

Visit the National Cryptologic Museum

Visit the National Cryptologic Museum @NSAGov honor those who serve in silence #NSA #Paul de Souza #CSFI

Visit the National Cryptologic Museum @NSAGov honor those who serve in silence #NSA #Paul de Souza #CSFI

Visit the National Cryptologic Museum @NSAGov honor those who serve in silence #NSA #Paul de Souza #CSFI

Filed under: CYBER WARFARE, CYBERSPACE OPERATIONS, NSA

DCOE (Defensive Cyberspace Operations Engineer) V.2 Training

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DCOE (Defensive Cyberspace Operations Engineer) V.2 training taught by CSFI Senior Instructor Michael Walker.
DCOE V.2 Course outline: http://goo.gl/EdI2bJ

CERTIFY NOW!

Develop your cyberspace operations skills for the deployment of DCO, NETOPS, and OCO.

In this course, you will acquire the skills for the planning, executing, and integrating defensive cyberspace operations (DCO) into organizational missions and DCO requirements. The course builds on the planning skills learned in the Introduction to Cyber Warfare and Operations Design (ICWOD) course. Adversarial use of tools and their associated techniques are presented to assess network vulnerabilities and to defend friendly networks against adversary threats.

The course covers the use of open source tools and websites for system configuration, penetration testing, and control testing. You will use Linux and Windows command lines and unleash an attack on target servers and analyze the results. Attacks and analysis of will expose you to live attacks in a controlled environment where students can see first-hand the adversary realm of possible actions, how to detect, mitigate, and counter such activities.

Note: This course requires you to bring your own laptop preloaded with VMware Workstation 9 or 10.

Certification:

Defensive Cyberspace Operations Engineer (CSFI-DCOE)

What You’ll Learn

Assess adversary intent and how threat vectors can support malicious intent
How to counter known and emerging threat vectors
Allocation and guidance for resource usage to counter adversary threats
Integration of DCO into larger organizational constructs
Deception methods
Data exfiltration and defense against exfiltration methodologies

Who Needs to Attend

Information operations officers
Information security / assurance professionals
Cybersecurity consultants
Cyber planners
Military members (J2, J3, J6)
Security analysts
Network security engineers
Penetration testers
Auditors
Security engineers

Course Outline

1. Operational Environment

  • DCO Planning
  • Cloud Operations
  • Network Packet Capture and Data Exfiltration
  • Windows and Linux Operating System Differences and Configurations
  • Wireless Networks Operations and Access
  • Open Source Tool Usage
  • Network and Internet Reconnaissance

2. Defensive Methods

  • Adversary Perspective of Target Selection
  • Tool Capability and Countermeasure Planning
    • Maltego
    • Metasploit
    • Social Engineering Toolkit (SET) Usage
  • Defensive Tools for Network Threat Situational Awareness
    • DS/IPS – Snort
    • Honeypots
  • Detection Avoidance
  • Malware Analysis

3. Payload configuration and tool customization

  • Target Selection to Support Adversarial Intent
  • Tailoring Payloads to Adversary Intent
  • Payload Detection Avoidance
  • System Log Analysis
  • Sensor Adjustments
  • Payload Altering
  • Current Threat Detection
  • Emerging Threat detection

4. Web Application Defense

  • SQL Injection
  • Cross Site Scripting
  • Local File Inclusion
  • Remote File Inclusion
  • Web Shells

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Filed under: CYBER WARFARE, CYBERSPACE OPERATIONS

de Souza Family 2015

Paul de Souza and Family 2015

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Information Saves Lives

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Order of Thor Medal Ceremony

Paul and Christine de Souza recipients of The Order of Thor Medal. Thank you Lieutenant General (ret.), US Army Rhett Hernandez, US Army Major Joe Billingsley, USAF Colonel April Vogel, Chris Cleary, MCPA and CSFI friends!

Lieutenant General (ret.), US Army Rhett Hernandez and Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder receiving the Order of Thor Medal.

Lieutenant General (ret.), US Army Rhett Hernandez presenting the Order Of Thor Medal to Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder

Paul de Souza, CCSE, NSA-IAM, BCCPP, Sec+, Net+, CHCP, SANs E-Warfare, JNCIA-FWV.
Mr. de Souza is the Founder/President of CSFI (Cyber Security Forum Initiative) and its divisions CSFI-CWD (Cyber Warfare Division) and CSFI-LPD (Law and Policy Division). He is the co-author of the book Strategic Intelligence Management, and he serves as an Advisor for MCPA (Military Cyber Professionals Association). Paul is a member of the IT Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) at Brigham Young University. He served as a Federal Director of Training and Education for Norman Data Defense Systems, and he also teaches Cyber Defense Strategies at George Washington University. Mr. de Souza has over 15 years of cyber security experience and has worked as the Chief Security Engineer for AT&T, where he designed and approved secure networks for MSS (Managed Security Services). Mr. de Souza also worked for CSC and US Robotics as a Security Engineer. He has consulted for several governments, military organizations, and private institutions on best network security practices and also presented in the countries of Estonia, Georgia, Australia, Brazil, Czech Republic, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, Israel, and Romania, as well as all across the United States.
Lieutenant General (ret.), US Army Rhett Hernandez, US presenting the Order of Thor Medal to USAF SSgt Christine de Souza.

Lieutenant General (ret.), US Army Rhett Hernandez, US presenting the Order of Thor Medal to USAF SSgt Christine de Souza.

SSgt Christine de Souza is a director of the Cyber Security forum Initiative (CSFI), serves as CSFI’s Chief Information Assurance Officer, and is a manager of CSFI’s Cyber Warfare Division. She serves in the Maryland Air National Guard as a traditional cyber surety journeyman in the 175th Cyber Operations Group, where she participates in cyber exercises and training partnerships and was nominated as Airman of the Year 2014. SSgt de Souza holds a dual Master’s degree from Utica College in Cyber Security under the concentrations of both Intelligence and Forensics. In her civilian life, Christine works for Lunarline, Inc., a cyber security contracting and consulting company as an information assurance engineer on contract with the Department of Transportation on the cyber security team for the Federal Railroad Administration.

Paul de Souza, USAF Colonel April Vogel, and USAF SSgt Christine de Souza

Paul de Souza, USAF Colonel April Vogel, and USAF SSgt Christine de Souza

Chris Cleary, Joe Billingsley, Loren Friedel, Paul de Souza, Christine de Souza, Ira Hoffman, and Anthony Guess-Johnson

Chris Cleary, Joe Billingsley (MCPA Founder), Loren Friedel, Paul de Souza (CSFI Founder), Christine de Souza, Ira Hoffman, and Anthony Guess-Johnson

Join the MCPA! https://www.milcyber.org

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Filed under: CYBER WARFARE, CYBERSPACE OPERATIONS

DEFCAMP #5 – Bucharest!

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CSFI had the honor to be a SILVER sponsor of this year’s DEFCAMP #5. Other SILVER sponsors included BMW (thank you for the amazing smooth rides in Bucharest), DELL, IXIA, KPMG, Cyber Ghost, Symantec, and others. It was great to stop by Safetech’s booth and chat with Teodor Lupan. It was 2 days of intense presentations with 3 days of CSFI training, capture the flag, and tons of activities. The first day started with registration at 0800 and ended with the last presentation on SSH Tunneling around 2315. Our CSFI team was impressed by the professionalism, creativity, energy levels from the staff members, and audience at DEFCAMP. I highly recommend this event!

Thank you Andrei, Florina, and staff for being amazing hosts! Romania is certainly proud of you.

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Mr. Anthony Guess-Johnson CSFI Senior Information Assurance Officer, presenting on Leading and Developing the Cyber Workforce

Mr. Paul de Souza, CSFI President presenting on Cyber Ranges

Mr. Paul de Souza CSFI President, presenting on Cyber Ranges and FOXOP

Roger Kuhn, CSFI Director/Fellow

Mr. Roger Kuhn CSFI Director/Fellow, presenting on SCADA Security

Paul de Souza, Avădănei Andrei, and Roger Kuhn

Paul de Souza, Avădănei Andrei, and Roger Kuhn

Paul de Souza, Florina DUMITRACHE, and Roger Kuhn

Paul de Souza, Florina DUMITRACHE, and Roger Kuhn

Hacking away...

Hacking away…

Filed under: CYBER WARFARE, CYBERSPACE OPERATIONS, EW

CSFI Training taught in Bucharest, Romania (DEFCAMP)

Introduction to Cyber Warfare and Operations Design, Romania 2014

Introduction to Cyber Warfare and Operations Design class, Romania 2014

This course provides a basic understanding of full-spectrum cyberspace operations, the complexities of the cyberspace environment, as well as planning, organizing, and integrating cyberspace operations. The course will consist of presentations and exercises that will teach you how to develop a cyber-operations design and bring it to fruition. At the conclusion of the course, you will have a fundamental understanding of how to analyze, plan for, and execute cyberspace operations.

ICWOD Class during Cyber Ops planning using  the MCPP.

ICWOD Class during Cyber Ops planning using the MCPP.

What You’ll Learn

  • Cyberspace operations methodologies
  • Integration of cyberspace capabilities
  • The role of Information Assurance in cyberspace operations
  • Training and developing the cyber workforce
  • Designing cyber related organizations
Mr. Roger Kuhn (CSFI Instructor)

Mr. Roger Kuhn (CSFI Instructor)

CSFI would like to thank the hospitality of the Romanian people, DEFCAMP, and also to congratulate this phenomenal international group of students to include Italy, South Korea and the Czech Republic.

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New CSFI Advisory Director

COLONEL MARSHALL “HOOKER” DENNEY III, USMC (RETIRED), CSFI Advisory  Director

COLONEL MARSHALL “HOOKER” DENNEY III, USMC (RETIRED), CSFI Advisory Director

BIOGRAPHY
COLONEL MARSHALL “HOOKER” DENNEY III, USMC (RETIRED), CSFI ADVISORY DIRECTOR
A 1987 graduate of the University of Kentucky, he was commissioned through the Platoon Leaders Class (PLC) Program and subsequently reported to The Basic School in January 1988. Upon graduation from The Basic School, he reported for flight training and earned his wings in June 1990. While awaiting EA-6B “Prowler” training, he attended Aircraft Maintenance Officer School. In January 1991, he reported for EA-6B Fleet Replacement Training—subsequently earning “Pilot of the Year.”
Between 1991 and 1998, he completed multiple deployments to Iwakuni, Japan and Incirlik Air Base, Turkey (Northern Iraqi No-Fly Zone). In March 1998, he joined Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) as the Electronic Warfare Division Head; and while there, he deployed in support of Operations NOBLE ANVIL and ALLIED FORCE (Serbia/Kosovo).

In 2002, he deployed to Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia (Southern Iraqi No-Fly Zone); and in January 2004, he deployed to Tallil Air Base, Iraq as VMAQ-2’s Executive Officer. In 2004, he reported as the Marine Aircraft Group 14 Executive Officer. In December 2005, he assumed command of the VMAQ-3 “Moon Dogs”—deploying to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq; the “Moon Dogs” were subsequently recognized as Marine Corps Aviation Association’s (MCAA) “Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron of the Year” for 2007. In 2008, he reported as the Director of U.S. Strategic Command’s Joint Electronic Warfare Center (JEWC), Lackland AFB, Texas—his unit was awarded the Association of Old Crow’s (AOC) “Joint Outstanding Unit Award” for 2009.
From 2010 to 2012, Colonel Denney served as the commanding officer, Marine Aviation Training Support Group 22 (MATS-22), Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas; and from 2012-2014 he served at United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM), Fort Meade, Maryland—retiring from active duty on October 1, 2014, after serving as the Deputy Director of Operations, USCYBERCOM.
Colonel Denney graduated with honors from The Basic School, was an honor graduate of the Aircraft Maintenance Officer School (long course), and was an honor graduate of the Navy Command and Staff College. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Landing Signals Officer (LSO) School, Amphibious Warfare School, Aviation Safety Officer School, Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (WTI), HARM University, Joint Information Operations Planner’s Course, and the Joint Advanced Cyber Warfare Course. He holds a 2002 Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies (with distinction) from the Naval War College, and a 2008 Master of Science Degree in National Security Strategy, with a concentration in Information Operations, from the National War College, National Defense University.
He has accumulated over 3,000 flight hours including over 900 combat hours. His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legion of Merit medals, the Bronze Star medal, two Air Medals with Combat “V”, 13 Strike-Flight Air Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, as well as other campaign and Service awards

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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.

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Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder Director