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The Introduction to Cyber Warfare and Operations Design (ICWOD).

Defensive Cyberspace Operations Engineer (DCOE) certification.

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Become a CSFI-DCOE (Defensive Cyberspace Operations Engineer). This is a unique CSFI certification track covering cyber operations (full spectrum). This track is designed to give the cyber warrior of today advanced capabilities.

Introduction to Cyber Warfare and Operations Design (ICWOD)
This course provides a basic understanding of full-spectrum cyberspace operations, the complexities of the cyberspace environment, and planning, organizing, and integrating cyber ops. The course consists of presentations and exercises that teach students how to design a cyberspace operations plan and bring it to fruition. Presented with an international conflict scenario, students are guided through a series of cascading exercises for conceptual, functional, and detailed planning. Following the design concept for problem framing students utilize the commander’s intent to plan toward the desired end state. In the course conclusion, students will have an appreciation for the planning process and have a fundamental understanding of how to plan for cyberspace operations.

The CSFI Mission:

The Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI) is a non-profit organization headquartered in Omaha, NE and in Washington DC with a 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."

ICWOD and DCOE training is endorsed and approved by Capitol Technology University. Capitol Technology University is an NSA/DHS National Center of Academic Excellence. DCOE is approved for transfer credit (TC) toward a Master’s and Doctorate level courses in Information Assurance by Capitol Technology University.

Capitol Technology University, an NSA/DHS National Center of Academic Excellence, endorses and approves ICWOD and DCOE training. DCOE is also approved for transfer credit (TC) toward Master’s and doctorate-level courses in Information Assurance.

The CSFI Cyberspace Operations Roadmap focuses on the following areas:

  1. Developing Cyber Operations Tactics
  2. Expertise in Cyber Warfare
  3. Capability Development
  4. Operations and Integrated Planning
  5. Cyber Threat Intelligence

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.

"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."

John Toolan

LtGen. (Ret.), USMC
CSFI Advisory Director

"The reputation of this organization [CSFI], particularly in the area of cyber and the information environment is stellar."

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