President, CSFI, United States
Mr. Paul de Souza is the founder of the Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI). He serves as an advisor for the MCPA (Military Cyber Professionals Association). He is a recipient of the Order of Thor Medal. Paul serves as a CENTRIC (Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence & Organized Crime Research) Visiting Researcher at Sheffield Hallam University, U.K.; as Guest Lecturer at the Swedish Defence University (SEDU) Försvarshögskolanand; former Institute of World Politics Board of Advisors for the Cyber Intelligence Initiative (Ci2) in Washington, D.C.; as a Negev Hi-Tech Faculty Startup Accelerator Advisor for Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel; and as an Advisory Board member at IntellCorp (Lisbon, Portugal – Counter-Terrorism/Counter-Intelligence/Cyber). He has served as a Visiting Research Fellow at the National Security Studies, Tel Aviv University, Israel (INSS) – Cyber Security and Military & Strategic affairs Programs and has completed the Executive Program in Counter-Terrorism Studies from the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya in Israel. He is also a Cybersecurity Exec Ed alum at Harvard Kennedy School. Mr. de Souza is an American Public University Ambassador. He served as a Federal Director of Training and Education for Norman Data Defense Systems, and he is faculty at George Washington University. Mr. de Souza has over 20 years of cybersecurity 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 Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and U.S. Robotics as a security engineer. He has consulted for several governments, military organizations, and private institutions across the globe. Mr. de Souza has a master’s degree in National Security Studies (M.A.) concentrating in Terrorism from American Military University, West Virginia, and currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Critical Infrastructure from Capitol Technology University, Maryland.