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"The Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI) is unique in its mission of maintaining and furthering those advantages by fostering Cyber awareness and collaboration among the U.S. government, military, and commercial sectors, as well as with international partners. CSFI is prescient not only in its work in defeating current Cyber threats but also in anticipating future challenges. In its provision of security solutions, guidance and education on Cyber issues, CSFI is working to prepare government and industry for the Cyber challenges to come. By promoting collaboration and an exchange of ideas on Cyber between government and industry, CSFI is not only helping give our military services, intelligence, and law enforcement agencies the skills and resources they need both to protect us and to project American power."

- Mark Kelton
CSFI Advisory Director
Former Deputy Director of the National Clandestine Service for Counterintelligence (DDNCS/CI) - CIA, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Security Studies Program of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.

Experience unparalleled professional growth and play a pivotal role in shaping the cybersecurity industry by volunteering with the Cybersecurity Forum Initiative (CSFI). Specially tailored for individuals keen on gaining hands-on knowledge of Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI), Cyberspace Operations, Cyber Warfare, and Cyber Security, here are the benefits you can reap:

Professional Development: Engage with top-tier cybersecurity professionals, enhancing your skills and staying updated on the latest trends, threats, and solutions.
Give Back: Contribute to the cybersecurity community's betterment. Provide guidance, training, or mentorship and foster the next generation of professionals.
Reputation: Elevate your personal and professional stature by associating with CSFI, a leading cybersecurity name.
Research Opportunities: Delve deep into cybersecurity with CSFI's research projects. Collaborate, publish, and make groundbreaking findings.
A Prestigious CSFI Work Title

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Awards and Recognition:
CSFI takes pride in being a President's Volunteer Service Award Certifying Organization, a prestigious civil award presented by the President of the United States. Note: Eligible CSFI volunteers must be U.S. citizens or lawfully admitted permanent U.S. residents.

Upon completing a 12-month internship program, volunteers gain:

A recommendation letter
A certificate from CSFI
Professional exposure and recognition in the cyber security and cyber warfare markets.
A professional title as a CSFI CTI Reporting Team member or a CSFI Cyber Lab Validator. Titles like these can be reflected on social media platforms, enhancing your professional value.

How to Apply:
1. Applicants should be ready to sign an NDA and code of conduct.
2. Only US citizens, NATO members, and approved American allies can apply.
3. Priority is given to U.S. veterans and military spouses.
4. CSFI promotes diversity and inclusion.

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Support our CSFI mission: "To provide Cyber Warfare awareness, guidance, and security solutions through collaboration, education, volunteer work, and training to assist the US Government, US Military, Commercial Interests, and International Partners."
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DISCLAIMER: CSFI Volunteer Legal Notice
CSFI Volunteer Terms: All participants engaged with the Cyber Security Forum Initiative ("CSFI"), whether as members, volunteers, Fellows, or Advisory Directors, shall act in a singular capacity as autonomous volunteers. No aspect of such voluntary association shall be interpreted or inferred as constituting any form of proprietary interest, partnership, employment, agency, fiduciary, or other legally binding relationship with CSFI. All volunteers affiliated with CSFI in any capacity are bound to adhere to all CSFI stipulations, mandates, and pertinent laws and statutes. CSFI retains the unequivocal right to dismiss and/or reassign volunteers from any role at its sole discretion. CSFI operates as a distinct legal entity duly incorporated under the laws of the State of Nebraska. It maintains no affiliation with the U.S. Government or any other sovereign authority.

Volunteer Testimonials

“I had the opportunity to meet Paul while working a CSFI project focused around air traffic control system vulnerabilities. While working with Paul and the rest of my CSFI colleagues, I was amazed by the grasp of understanding that Paul had, especially in how security needs to evolve in the current environment as well as the wide range of individuals, resources and capabilities CSFI has at its disposal. As a result, our team was able to create a fairly detailed report around current ATC vulnerabilities and recommendations to enhance the current security posture.
Additionally, outside of the ATC project, Paul has been of significant help to me throughout my career in the cyber security space. Through his network, I was able to be introduced to several current and retired military officers that are on the CSFI board of directors as well as many more extremely talented individuals. Additionally, Paul has been of significant help to me while I was pursuing a commission in the US Navy Reserves. I could not have done it without his help, guidance and wisdom. Working with Paul itself is a great privilege and I would be honored to work with him again as well as with the many members of the Cyber Security Forum Initiative.”

- Arvin Verma
Officer in the US Navy Reserves (Cryptologic Warfare Officer)

"My internship with the Cyber Security Forum Initiative has helped me to build a strong foundation for my future career in the Cyber domain. The strong focus on self-improvement and building my personal brand far transcended the support I expected to receive, and I was given many opportunities to get my name out to CSFI’s extensive network through the work I did to support the mission. Working so closely with Paul de Souza, Founder and President of CSFI, this has also been a great opportunity to learn all sides of the business, from the technical training aspect to the day-to-day operations that keep the CSFI mission going. With CSFI’s support I have attained my first technical certification, Network +, and have the opportunity to take the CSFI ICWOD and DCOE courses, too. This has been an unparalleled opportunity to jump start my transition into the cyber domain."

- Hobart Richey
CSFI Government Relations Associate, NET+

"Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI) has had a profound impact on my life on both a professional and a personal level. Before my internship with CSFI I had no real sense of direction after having been finished with college for a year. At the time I was living in Florida and could not find a job. I finally came across the opportunity to procure an internship in the DC metro area; that is how I became acquainted with Mr. Paul de Souza, the Founder and Director of CSFI, and he then invited me to join their ranks.

I had a lot of great experiences while working with CSFI, including training and certification opportunities, conferences and other Cyber Security events, and good on-the-job experience as well. All of these things really helped me figure out which path I wanted to take in my life. It also taught me to have patience and to trust and have faith in the process that had been set in motion. Mr. de Souza helped me get my Security+ Certification, and shortly afterward helped me get a good opportunity with another company.

Now, only a year after my internship with CSFI, I have a well-paying full-time job, I have Network+ and will be getting my CCNA soon, and hopefully beginning master's degree coursework in the near future. I can honestly say that none of this would have ever been possible without CSFI. The things I did and the people I met led directly to where I am today. CSFI gave me a direction and an opportunity act on it, and I am eternally grateful. I only have great things to say about CSFI, as well as Mr. de Souza."

- Richard Hall, Jr.
SOC Analyst at Lunarline

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