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Holly-Dale Monych, CSFI Canadian Fellow

Holly-Dale CSFI Fellow

CSFI Canada

Holly-Dale Monych, MCSE, MCDBA
Western Canadian Government, Corporate Executive Learning Consultant
CSFI Canadian Fellow

Holly-Dale avows that ‘Training is Always Cheaper than a Breach’. As an award winning business development leader with Global Knowledge, she has accumulated over 15 years of corporate training, curriculum development, and learning consulting experience; specifically in the areas of Cybersecurity & Privacy, Digital Risk Management, Agile Transformation, Business and IT Alignment, Business Analysis, Project Management, and Digital Leadership Skills.

In her roles as the Executive Training and Development Learning Advisor for the Canadian Government’s Western Region, Holly-Dale is currently developing Security and Privacy programs for Canada’s Provincial Government employees and working on IT readiness training solutions for the Royal Mounted Police and the Canadian Department of National Defense. These initiatives are critical learning paths to ensure that technical teams and end users alike know how to respectively shield their organizations from the increased risk of cyber warfare attacks.

As CSFI’s Fellow in Canada, Holly-Dale is excited to evangelize the CSFI Mission to expand Cyber Warfare awareness through education and training. She believes that collaboration and knowledge-sharing is the most effective way to ensure that intelligence grows exponentially in the Cyber Warfare domain.

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Christine de Souza


Christine de Souza
Director | CSFI
Cyber Warfare Operations Officer | 175th Cyber Operations Group

Christine de Souza is a seasoned cyber security professional working as an Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO) specializing in Government compliance. She is a Director of the Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI), where she volunteers her talents to help further the cause of cyber awareness and collaboration. Christine also serves part-time as a Cyber Warfare Operations Officer in the 175th Cyber Operations Group (COG) of the Maryland Air National Guard (MD ANG) in support of US CYBERCOMMAND, where she participates in the Exercise Cell and the State Partnership for Peace program and has been awarded the Airman of the Year Ribbon from the U.S. Air Force in 2009 and 2013. She has recently returned from being activated in support of the 856th Cyber Protection Team (CPT). Christine holds an associate’s degree in Information Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF), a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Ashford University, and a dual master’s degree in Cybersecurity with concentrations in Cyber Intelligence and Computer Forensics from Utica College. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and four children.

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Welcome Rizwan Ali, Colonel (ret.), US Air Force! NEW CSFI Board Member!

Rizwan Ali_CSFI

Rizwan Ali Colonel (ret.), US Air Force CSFI Advisory Director Managing Director, cyMars, LLC. Former Team Leader Task Force Cyber (CISO) at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE)- NATO.

Rizwan “Riz” Ali, is Founder and Managing Director of cyMars, LLC, a C-suite and corporate cybersecurity consulting company. He is a retired Colonel from the Air Force with three decades of experience in cyber security, information technology and space systems.

Riz has held the military equivalent of C-suite and corporate-level jobs to include CEO, COO, CIO and CISO positions and has a history of working on corporate governance, advisory and non-profit boards. He also has extensive international work experience in Europe (Belgium, Germany, Italy, Estonia), Asia (Turkey, Kuwait,Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Japan) and Africa (Gabon, Tanzania, Ethiopia).

His work has had national and international impact. He was on the inter-governmental teams that wrote the President’s National Security Space Policy and the Secretary of Defense’s Space Policy. Additionally, he was on the international teams which wrote NATO’s Enhanced Cyber Defense Policy and the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) cyber policy.

During his military career, Riz commanded four large organizations, including a combat communications squadron, an airbase communications squadron, a 1,500-person combat support group and an Air Force-level center. His other assignments have taken him from field units to combat headquarters to The Pentagon. In his last position in the military, he was responsible for establishing and implementing cyber policies and strategies on behalf of SACEUR and NATO’s military commands. He also advised NATO headquarters and NATO Allies on cyber issues. Prior to that position, he was commander of the Air Force Network Integration Center, the US Air Force’s largest cyber security and engineering organization with over 1,000 personnel and responsibilities across the Air Force.

Riz’s articles have been published in Joint Force Quarterly, Strategic Studies Quarterly, Three Swords Magazine, Air Force Commentaries, Air Force Research Institute and his most recent article about implementing cyber as a domain of operations within NATO is scheduled to be published in a peer-reviewed cyber security journal. He has also authored numerous, widely circulated, internal white-papers, reports and articles.

His academic credentials include a Bachelor of Engineering (specializing in Electrical Engineering) from Stevens Institute of Technology, a Master of Public Administration from Troy University, and Masters degrees from Air Command and Staff College and the highly selective, National War College.

Riz holds a CISSP and is Founder of The Cyber Loop, an influential discussion group of senior cyber security experts established in 2008. He has also had major speaking engagements at conferences and schools in the US, Europe and Australia.

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Admiral Rogers, USCYBERCOM/NSA

Paul de Souza CSFI Admiral Rogers USCYBERCOM NSAPaul de Souza, CSFI Founder and Admiral Rogers USCYBERCOM/NSA

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CSFI Challenge Coin

Paul_de_Souza_Greg_Touhill_CSFIPaul de Souza presents CSFI Challenge Coin to Bill Leigher and Greg Touhill.

Bill Leigher
Rear Admiral (ret.), US Navy

Greg Touhill
CSFI Advisory Director, 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.

Get your CSFI coin here:

Thank you for supporting CSFI!

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CSFI Defensive Cyberspace Operations Engineer (DCOE)


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Extensively Testing the MDC-10 at G2 Ops in Virgina Beach

May 13th 2017

CSFI would like to thank the continuing mission support provided by G2 Ops, Van Cleve & Associates, INC, and ADDC.


CSFI uses the MDC-10 appliance as an important piece of hardware for persitant cyberspace operations training of the warfighter at the tactical edge.

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Mr. Roger W. Kuhn, Jr. testing the MDC-10 mobile data center Former Science Advisor, Naval Network Warfare Command Former Science Advisor, Fleet Cyber Command/Commander, 10th Fleet Former Science Advisor, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command Office of Naval Research (ONR) Adjunct Professor, Cybersecurity Strategy & Information Management, George Washington University LCDR (ret.), USCGR CSFI Advisory Director CSFI Education Fellow



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New CSFI Fellow Vic Hyder Commander, USN (SEAL) ret.

Vic Hyder
CEO, Blue Coral AG
Commander, USN (SEAL) ret.
CSFI Fellow

Vic Hyder is a security and privacy professional with international experience in both commercial and government sectors. A combat decorated, career Navy SEAL; founding member and former Chief Operating Officer of Silent Circle; and the current CEO of Blue Coral.
Blue Coral provides specialized physical and cyber security services to select clients. Just prior to retirement from the military, Hyder founded Blue Coral offering tailored security solutions that leverage his problem-solving experience in chaotic and unfamiliar situations. Clients include the likes of Emirates Air, Unified Technologies Corp, Defense Intelligence Agency, Matthew McConaughey, Pit Bull and Tom Cruise.
Silent Circle, founded in 2012 and headquartered in Geneva, delivers encrypted communication tools to businesses and governments in over 130 countries with a truly revolutionary ecosystem of privacy focused software, services, and devices. Makers of Blackphone, the world’s first mobile phone built for privacy. As COO, CMO and Chief Strategy Officer over the course of nearly 5 years, Hyder helped build this tech start-up from a $5M seed to a valuation of $550M creating a new space in telecommunications and privacy.
Commander Hyder served 20 years as a Naval Special Warfare (SEAL) officer with operational and management experience around the world in all environments. He led teams from size 4 to 400 conducting special operations worldwide in direct combat, peace-time diplomacy, and politically sensitive settings. CDR Hyder’s leadership and decision-making skills under the most severe conditions earned him the Silver Star (our nation’s 3rd highest combat award – Afghanistan), Bronze Star (Iraq), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (Haiti), and the Presidential Unit Citation, as well as other various medals and awards.
Some specific military career highlights include commanding one of the first joint special operations teams on the ground in Afghanistan following 9/11; leading a 30-man element in South America’s Tri-Border Area; coordination of combat operations for a 350-man Task Force in Iraq; providing close-in personal security with 8 details for interim Iraqi gov’t leaders in Baghdad; leading a clandestine team in Bosnia hunting persons indicted for war crimes; taking the first military team to Port au Prince in response to Haiti’s 2010 earthquake that killed nearly 300k and displaced over 1.5M; advising U.S. and Jamaican authorities during violent uprisings in Kingston; and, during various contingencies and periods of concern in multiple other nations, serving as the senior DoD or Special Operations representative to U.S. Ambassadors and allies.
A graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, Hyder also holds a master’s degree in Strategic Thinking and Campaign Planning from the highly selective School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. His education in business was accelerated via immersion and personal drive.

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Brian SteortsBrian Steorts, Owner/Founder, served in the Army as an infantry paratrooper in the 82nd ABN and served 12 years as an Air Force Special Operations aviator.

Flags Of Valor

Combat veteran owned and operated, these unique and custom made wooden flags are created by American heroes, many service disabled. The production of this beautiful piece of art provides more than just a job for the service members employed; it gives them a purpose and provides them with a therapeutic transition to civilian life.

Flags Of Valor is far more than a veteran-run business. From our inception, we’ve been driven by two distinct ideas.  First, that our combat veterans deserve opportunity. Second, the belief that Made in America still matters. Our team is exceptional and constantly growing. The majority of our craftsman are service-disabled, with significant combat-related injuries.  We’ve created an environment where teamwork is foundational and camaraderie is supreme.


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“Brian leads a genuine successful veteran-run business! I was remarkably impressed by the quality of craftsmanship of their products. Flags of Valor represent patriotism and integrity. I highly recommend their products!”  Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder 

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IT Infrastructure Modernization Presentation by DTS at NETMOD 2017


Today’s military faces a complex set of challenges that will increase the need for flexibility, agility, and adaptation in order to overcome our potential adversaries. When it comes to evaluating our ability to succeed in the future fight we must prepare for the eventuality of peer threats whose electronic, cyber, and network capabilities will have the technology to hamper our own ability to communicate.

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Norman R. Hayes
Rear Admiral (ret.), US Navy
Former Director of the Intelligence Headquarters, EUCOM (J-2)
CSFI Advisory Board of Directors
Executive Vice President Cybersecurity and Intelligence Strategies, Dynamic Technology Systems, Inc. (DTS)

DTS has the unique capability to support Automated VM Deployment, ATO Documentation, and On-Demand Reporting with accuracy and most importantly in a very short period of time!

“Literally turns months to weeks; days to hours; minutes to seconds…” … former Federal Government CIO

► Reduced Risk, Cost Efficient and Security Enhanced Environment ► Automated STIG enforcement -90%+ Compliance w/DISA SCAP Scans ► Semantic Asset Management ► Automated Generation of RMF Security Documentation ► Real-Time Security Reports

Please feel free to contact DTS to request a demo and learn more about how to take your IA certification and accreditation to the next level!

Dynamic Technology Systems, Incorporated 5285 Shawnee Road, Suite 500,
Alexandria, VA 22312 703.379.4800

IT Infrastructure Modernization Presentation by DTS

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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