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APRIL 23 – 26, 2018 | BRASÍLIA – BRAZIL
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Paul de Souza presenting on the ODNI’s Cyber Threat Framework.

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Is an unprecedented event that seeks to promote the debate related to Defence and Public Security, between the Brazilian Army and Law Enforcement Institutes whit the industry sector, public and private institutes, academia and the Government, with the intent of showing society and public administration the importance of Cyber Defence, Cyber Security, Communications and Electronic Warfare.
The event offers the opportunity to participate in discussion forums with the presence of specialists with national and international renown, information security competitions (Capture the Flag), workshops and gather solution providers from Brazil and from abroad that will expose their most recent products, solutions and technologies.
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Paul de Souza, CSFI, Gen Angelo Kawakami Okamura, (Former) Commander of the Cyber Defense Center, and Miriam Hinthorn, CSFI Strategic Alliance Associate.

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First Lieutenant Rogerio Lopes Nicacio – ComDCiber

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ComDCiber Change of Command

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General of the Army Eduardo Dias da Costa Villas Bôas – Commander of the Brazilian Army. 

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Major Maxli Barroso Campos – Head of the DSS / DGE / ComDCiber and Paul de Souza. 

Miriam Hinthorn, CSFI Strategic Alliance Associate, Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder, and Monica Lacerda, LACERDA-Intelligence Founder/Director.

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CSFI Challenge Coin


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CSFI Cyber Views Event – Application of the Law of War to Cyber Operations

Last Thursday, CSFI and the George Washington University’s Cybersecurity Strategy and Information Management Master’s Program co-hosted a panel discussion entitled “Application of the Law of War to Cyber Operations.”


CSFI Cyber Views Panelists
Maj. William Toronto, Mr. Roger Kuhn, Arnold Abraham, Esq, Maj Bradford DeVoe, and Ira E. Hoffman, Esq.

Moderated by Ira Hoffman, the panel of four subject matter experts — Arnold Abraham, Bradford DeVoe, Roger W. Kuhn, Jr. and William Toronto —  discussed the complexities of creating, maintaining, and adhering to a military doctrine on the projection of power in cyberspace. Thanks to the engagement of members from the audience of 50+ attendees, the discussion moved from a compelling hypothetical scenario in which an oil refinery was attacked by a foreign state actor, to the concrete issues of today. Panelists addressed questions about reconciling preventative private network vulnerability scans by government agencies with the 14th amendment, the pros and cons of setting a specific threshold for what activity constitutes an act of war, and the status of progress on a domestic and international legal framework for cyber warfare.

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Miriam Hinthorn, Operations Manager at Consortiq LLC, CSFI Strategic Alliance Associate and Justine Singer-Kaufold Global Cyber Programming Associate NetDiligence® | Global CSFI Events Manager.

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CSFI opening remarks by Miriam Hinthorn, CSFI Strategic Alliance Associate 

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Ira E. Hoffman, Esq. Shareholder, Butzel Long; Fellow, CSFI; Senior Policy Advisor, CyberUSA


CSFI Cyber Views Audience 2018

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Maj. William Toronto – Maj, USAF Chief, Operations and Cyber Division; HQ USAF Operations and International Law Directorate (AF/JAO)

Roger W. Kuhn, Jr.- Adjunct Professor, Cybersecurity Strategy & Information Management, George Washington University, Former Science Advisor to Naval Network Warfare Command, Fleet Cyber Command/Commander, 10th Fleet, and Navy Expeditionary Combat Command; Retired C4ISR Officer (LCDR, USCGR); CSFI Advisory Director, CSFI Education Fellow

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Catering: Elegance To Simplicity Caterers and Pearmund Winery. CSFI supports our local vibrant local economy!

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Virginian wine supports the CSFI Cyber Views local tradition. 

Pearmund Cellars is located in the beautiful foothills of eastern Fauquier County, VA, conveniently close to Northern Virginia and Washington, DC. Our 7500-square-foot geothermal winery and 25-acre vineyard produces Chardonnay, Viognier, Riesling, Late Harvest Vidal, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Ameritage, and other award-winning Virginia wines.

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The event was sponsored by Lucomm Technologies, Inc. “It’s important to keep the discussion going,” said Lucian Lucian Cristache, Lucomm Technologies IOT Director after the panel, “With the advent of more autonomous systems there are lots of challenges and opportunities in cyber.” Following a the panel, guests and panelists were able to to continue the discussion over hor dourves and wine, provided by Veteran-Owned Elegance To Simplicity Caterers and Virginia-based Pearmund Winery.


 CSFI would like to give special thanks to the following organizations and individuals for their contribution to critical elements of the event’s success:

  • Sponsor: Lucomm Technologies Inc. (THANK YOU!)
  • Partner: George Washington University Cybersecurity Strategy and Information Management Master’s Program (THANK YOU!)
  • Panelists:
    • Arnold Abraham, Esq. – Principal Attorney, The CyberLaw Group; Former Associate Director of Intelligence, U.S. Cyber Command; Military Cyber Professionals Association (MCPA) Advisory Board Member
    • Bradford DeVoe– Chief Counsel for Cyber Operations, NSA Office of General Counsel
    • Roger W. Kuhn, Jr.- Adjunct Professor, Cybersecurity Strategy & Information Management, George Washington University, Former Science Advisor to Naval Network Warfare Command, Fleet Cyber Command/Commander, 10th Fleet, and Navy Expeditionary Combat Command; Retired C4ISR Officer (LCDR, USCGR); CSFI Advisory Director, CSFI Education Fellow
    • William Toronto – Maj, USAF Chief, Operations and Cyber Division; HQ USAF Operations and International Law Directorate (AF/JAO)
  • Moderator: Ira E. Hoffman, Esq. Shareholder, Butzel Long; Fellow, CSFI; Senior Policy Advisor, CyberUSA
  • Catering: Elegance To Simplicity Caterers and Pearmund Winery
  • CSFI Volunteers: Timothy Finholm, Timothy Ruppert, and Ilene Slatko
  • Military Cyber Professionals Association (MCPA) Legislative Affairs Committee

About CSFI:

CSFI is honored to provide its over 93,000 members the opportunity to collaborate on and discuss key cyber operations issues as they pertain to both the military and civilian spheres. Our ability to provide these forums for discussion is made possible by both our extensive volunteer base and the nuanced understanding provided by our advisory board, consisting top-ranking officials from every branch of the US Military, and as well as leaders from the private sector. To learn more about CSFI or get involved, visit our website at

Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder/President 


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Welcome Colonel Darlene (Dee) M. Straub to our CSFI Advisory Board!


Colonel Dee Straub is currently serving as the Chief of Defensive Cyber Operations for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) at Ft. Meade, Maryland.  Prior to this, she was at the National Defense University and where she earned a Master of Science in Government Information Leadership with a  concentration in Cybersecurity.

Colonel Darlene (Dee)  M. Straub, was commissioned a Second Lieutenant from the United States Military Academy in 1994.
Her previous assignments include:
Platoon Leader and Battalion S1, 124th Signal Battalion, 4th Infantry Division and Battalion S6, 1-44 Air Defense Artillery Battalion at Fort Hood, Texas
Brigade S6, 41st Field Artillery Brigade S6 in Babenhausen, Germany and Company Commander, Charlie Company, 440th Signal Battalion, 22nd Signal Brigade, Darmstadt, Germany.

After company command, COL Straub, moved to MacDill Air Force Base, Florida and was assigned to the Joint Communications Support Element (JCSE).  While at JCSE, she served as the 2nd Squadron operations officer, a J3 plans officer, and as the Deputy J3/Chief of Plans.  During her tenure, she deployed in support of the Joint Special Operations Task Forces – North and Arabian Peninsula during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).

After completion of the Air Force Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB, COL Straub returned to Fort Hood, Texas and immediately deployed in support of OIF 05-07 as the 3rd Signal Brigade Operations Officer.  Her next position was Battalion S-3 of the 57th Signal Battalion where she deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).

Next, COL Straub was assigned as the executive officer to the Commanding General, Network and Enterprise Command (NETCOM) and as a G3 plans officer at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

COL Straub was then reassigned back to Fort Hood, Texas where she served as the III Corps G6 plans officer and Battalion Commander of the 57th Expeditionary Signal Battalion (ESB).  She deployed her battalion back to Kandahar Afghanistan in support of OEF.  Her next duty assignment was to Fort Bragg, NC and where she joined the FORSCOM G6 team as Tactical Command, Control, Communications, and Computers Division, Communications Branch, Branch Chief

COL Straub’s awards and badges include the Bronze Star (3 OLC), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (4 OLC), the Kosovo Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the NATO ISAF medal, the Meritorious Unit Citation, and Joint Meritorious Unit Award and the Parachutist badge.

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New CSFI Advisory Board, Brigadier General (ret) Paul A. Welch

Paul A. Welch
Brigadier General (ret.), USAF
Vice President, Cyber Solutions, SAIC
Former Vice Commander of the United States Air Force Warfare Center
CSFI Advisory Director

Paul A. Welch is Vice President of Cyber Solutions and is responsible for developing SAIC’s personnel and capabilities in Cybersecurity and Cyber Operations. His portfolio includes expertise in cybersecurity risk management and security operations across a myriad of Federal, State and Local government customers. He also has expertise in the advanced integration of full spectrum cyber capabilities that directly support the nations broader security needs.
Paul has three decades of service in the United States Air Force in communications and information, command and control, intelligence and cyberspace operations where he achieved the rank of Brigadier General. Prior to joining SAIC, Paul was the Vice Commander of the United States Air Force Warfare Center at Nellis AFB, NV where he was responsible for all United States Air Force advanced combat training and operational test for air, space and cyberspace forces.
Paul began his career as a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force as a Communications Engineer working advanced digital communications for command and control and battle management systems. During his career in the United States Air Force, Paul held leadership positions at the squadron, wing and numbered air force levels.
Paul earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy. He also holds master’s degrees in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University, Operational Art and Science from the Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College, Airpower Art and Science from the Air Force’s School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, and National Security Strategy from the National War College. Paul also serves on the Advisory Board of Directors for the Cyber Security Forum Initiative
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Paul de Souza, James Clapper, and Christine de Souza

Paul_de_Souza_James_Clapper_Christine_de_Souza_CSFIPaul de Souza (CSFI), James Clapper (Former Director of National Intelligence), and Christine de Souza (CSFI).

James Robert Clapper Jr.(born March 14, 1941) is a retired lieutenant general in the United States Air Force and is the former Director of National Intelligence. A career intelligence officer, Clapper has held several key positions within the United States Intelligence Community. He served as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) from 1992 until 1995. He was the first director of defense intelligence within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and simultaneously the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. He served as the director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) from September 2001 until June 2006.

On June 5, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Clapper to replace Dennis C. Blair as United States Director of National Intelligence. Clapper was unanimously confirmed by the Senate for the position on August 5, 2010.


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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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Welcome to our CSFI Advisory Board Mark R. Quantock, Major General, US Army (Ret)




Mark R. Quantock
Major General, US Army (Ret)
CSFI Advisory Director
Former Dir of Operations (G3), Army Cyber Command
Former Dir of Intelligence (J2), CENTCOM

Major General Mark R. Quantock assumed duties as Director of Intelligence (CCJ2), United States Central Command, July 2016. MG Quantock received his commission from the New Mexico Military Institute. He has a BA from the State University of New York (SUNY), Plattsburg, and Master’s Degrees from Central Michigan and the National War College. MG Quantock has served in a variety of Military Intelligence, staff and command positions. His most recent assignment was as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Resolute Support, CJ2, U.S. Forces Afghanistan in Kabul where he served as the senior intelligence officer in theater with oversight over all intelligence operations in Afghanistan. Previous key staff assignments included the Military Deputy of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Fort Belvoir, VA; Deputy Director for Trans-Regional Policy, J-5, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.; CJ-2 International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, Afghanistan; and G3 Army Cyber Command/2nd US Army, Ft. Belvoir, VA. His other combat assignments include: Intelligence Advisor/Liaison Officer for Joint Forces Command-East, OPERATIONS DESERT SHIELD/STORM, Saudi Arabia; Commander, 205th Military Intelligence Brigade, V Corps, OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, Iraq.

MG Quantock lives in Tampa, FL with his wife Rebecca; they have three adult children. MG Quantock is authorized to wear the Defense Superior Service Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC), Legion of Merit with three OLCs, Bronze Star with OLC, and numerous other personal and unit awards.

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1st Cyberspace Strategy Symposium 2018


“CYBER” The magazine of the #MCPA Military Cyber Professionals Association Joe Billingsley and Paul De Souza at National Defense University

Paul_de_Souza_Gen_Guy_Walsh_NDU_CYBERCOMPaul de Souza, CSFI/MCPA and Gen Guy Walsh (USCYBERCOM)

Paul_de_Souza_CSFI_Lydia KostopoulosPaul de Souza, CSFI/MCPA and Lydia Kostopoulos PhD – National Defense University

Major General Donald P. Dunbar and Paul de Souza, CSFI/MCPA

Col Kern and Paul de Souza


PRISM is published by the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University. PRISM is a security studies journal chartered to inform members of U.S. Federal Agencies, Allies, and other partners on complex and integrated national security operations; reconstruction and nationbuilding; relevant policy and strategy; lessons learned; and developments in training and education to transform America’s security and development apparatus to meet tomorrow’s challenges better while promoting freedom today.

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New CSFI Fellow! – Retired Navy Commander


Meg Reed has over twenty years of experience working in the cybersecurity/information assurance (IA) field in various federal customer environments. Key focus areas include security program evaluation, risk assessment, risk management, system/application control validation, and security process development.  Experience with the Department of Defense (DOD) Risk Management Framework (RMF), DOD Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP), security testing and evaluation, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security, privacy, policy research, architecture analysis, and contingency planning.
Ms. Reed is currently a lead cybersecurity subject matter expert (SME) for a DOD customer in support of fielding and upgrade of an enterprise business system’s applications.  She provides direct support to the system integrator to fulfill cybersecurity requirements ensuring confidentiality, integrity, and availability throughout the application lifecycle.
Ms. Reed is a retired US Navy veteran.  She served on active duty and in the Reserves, first as an enlisted member and then as an officer.
Relevant Education:
·         Masters, Engineering Management, George Washington University
·         Graduate Certificate, Information Security Management, George Washington University
·         Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), ISC2
·         Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), ISACA
·         Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT), IAPP
·         ITIL Version 3 Foundations (through Beyond 20)
·         Defensive Cyberspace Operations Engineer (DCOE) certificate (CSFI)

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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