Edmonds CC faculty member elected to cybersecurity curriculum standards panel

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Steve Hailey, Edmonds CC Computer Information Systems instructor (Photo courtesy Edmonds Community College)
Steve Hailey, Edmonds CC Computer Information Systems instructor (Photo courtesy Edmonds Community College)

An Edmonds Community College faculty member was recently elected to serve on a national panel on cybersecurity curriculum standards.

Edmonds CC Computer Information Systems instructor Steve Hailey will serve on the National CyberWatch Center’s Curriculum Standards Panel and will be contributing to the nation’s first curriculum model standard for cybersecurity education.

Hailey is also a subject-matter expert in cyberterrorism for the Department of Homeland Security.

The National CyberWatch Center is a consortium of higher education institutions, businesses, and government agencies that focuses on advancing information security education and research and strengthening the national cybersecurity workforce.

“Our cybersecurity program at Edmonds CC has existed since 1999,” Hailey said. “It will be nice to see some of the best practices we’ve developed over the past 17 years accepted at the national level.”

The panelists will develop standards to align instructional design, skill practice facilities, cybersecurity professional job performance standards, national workforce frameworks, and industry needs.

Hailey began working on his first project, Core Cybersecurity Course Mapping, on Sept. 16.

“It is the first of several planned initiatives from the National CyberWatch Center to produce formative credentialing solutions that will increase the number of capable cybersecurity professionals protecting our nation from cyber incursion and increasing the reliability and effectiveness of the computing infrastructure critical to our national security and economic prosperity,” Hailey said.

According to Hailey, the goal of the project is to develop a curricula model for cybersecurity professionals that will be consistent with the requirements of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the International Organization for Standardization, and the American National Standards Institute guidelines for development of recruitment and selection programs.

The model will contribute to the development of standards for aptitude testing, instructional design, performance evaluation, and electronic performance support systems in both academic and corporate training environments.

Hailey is founder and past president of the Washington State High Technology Crime Investigation Association, was formerly vice president of the NIJ sponsored Digital Forensics Certification Board, has developed certification exams that are now industry standards, and speaks both internationally and locally at conferences dealing with digital forensics and information security.

Hailey and his students were also instrumental in the data recovery work for the Oso survivors.

He is currently writing a book on information security for small and medium-sized businesses that is scheduled to be published in 2017.

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