InSecurity Podcast: CSFI’s Pete Schiefelbein on Cybersecurity vs. Information Security

CSFI (Cyber Security Forum Initiative) is a non-profit organization headquartered in Omaha, NE, and Washington DC, with a mission to “provide Cyber Warfare awareness, guidance, and security solutions through collaboration, education, volunteer work, and training to assist the U.S. Government, U.S. Military, Commercial Interests, and International Partners."

CSFI was born out of the collaboration of dozens of experts, and today CSFI is comprised of a large community of nearly 81,000 Cyber Security and Cyber Warfare professionals from the government, military, private sector, and academia.

LtCol (Ret) Pete Schiefelbein is a key part of CSFI. He works to provide the kind of training to military and private sector companies that can make the difference between a major data breach, and just another day at the office.

In today’s episode of InSecurity, Matt Stephenson chats with Pete about a broad spectrum of topics, including the evolution of the Marine Corps’ state-of-the-art Cyber Defense unit, as well its traditional role as an elite wartime fighting force.

They dig into the notion of generational change and how it can affect a military organization. Further, Pete explains the differences between information security and cybersecurity, and goes over the role Scouting is playing in developing the next generation of cyber security professionals.

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About Pete Schiefelbein

Pete Schiefelbein is an Advisory Board Member at the Cyber Security Forum Initiative (@CSFI_DCOE). He also is a Systems Engineer at CSCI. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy (B.S., Mechanical Engineering) and the Naval Postgraduate School (M.S., Electrical Engineering).

Prior to his current role, Pete served 24 years in the United States Marine Corps, recently retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel - however, once a Marine, always a Marine. His final billet in the Corps was as Director, G-6 for the Marine Corps Training and Education Command in Quantico, Virginia, responsible for the governance, procurement, sustainment, and cyber security of over 20,000 user seats at more than 70 Marine Corps formal learning centers across the United States.

It's safe to say that Pete knows a thing or two about operating a sophisticated network and protecting data from a variety of threats.


About Matt Stephenson

Insecurity Podcast host Matt Stephenson (@packmatt73) leads the Security Technology team at Cylance, which puts him in front of crowds, cameras, and microphones all over the world. He is the regular host of the InSecurity Podcast and host of CylanceTV.

Twenty years of work with the world’s largest security, storage, and recovery companies has introduced Stephenson to some of the most fascinating people in the industry. He wants to get those stories told so that others can learn from what has come before.


The opinions Pete expresses in this podcast are his own, and do not represent the official position of the Marine Corps or the U.S. Government.