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Job title of nominated professional (or team name)Information Security and Digital Forensics Faculty / Department Chair
Company (where nominated professional or team is working)Edmonds Community College

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As detailed here, it would be difficult to find another candidate whose vast and innovative contributions in information security education as well as actual impact as a teacher rival that of Steve Hailey.

Internationally recognized and respected information security and digital forensics expert, and a trusted consultant to Fortune 100 companies and law enforcement agencies at all levels.

Created one of the first college level programs in the state for information security and digital forensics; students travel from out of state and abroad to enroll in the Information Security and Digital Forensics ATA degree program that he established.

Founder of the Washington State High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) as well as the EdCC Student HTCIA. Works with his students to provide pro bono information security, digital forensics, and data recovery services to law enforcement as well as indigent community members.

Brief Overview

Mr. Hailey is a tireless advocate for his students, helps them to get jobs, creates opportunities for them, and volunteers much of his time to provide personal tutoring and assistance. He consistently touches and changes the lives of his students by helping them achieve more than they believed they were capable of. I have witnessed him providing transportation for students so that they could make job interviews, and I have seen students hired based largely on his recommendation alone.

He embodies the standards expected for a world class educator and information security professional. In the classroom, Steve infuses high levels of content and real life experience with humor and profound respect for each student. Students in his classes learn because they are invited and encouraged to learn. He is engaging in ways that help even the most reluctant learners become focused and involved in their own education. His techniques in the classroom incorporate strategies for learners of all types.

He is an internationally recognized and respected information security and digital forensics expert, and provided the first training in digital forensics to the UAE Ministry of Justice as well as law enforcement agencies throughout the UAE. He is a consultant to law enforcement at Local, State and Federal levels and is also a Cyberterrorism Subject Matter Expert, providing DHS and FEMA sponsored training to government and military personnel. He also provides training for United States military forces in cybersecurity as well as digital forensics.