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1. IA Partnerships

Extending IA beyond the normal boundaries of the College/Institution and bringing current IA practitioners into the IA Center.

1.a. Shared Curriculum


The Oklahoma Career and Technology Education System (CareerTech) is a founding member of the Cyber Security Education Consortium (CSEC), a National Science Foundation ATE Regional Center of Excellence. CSEC is a cohesive partnership of community colleges and career and technology centers in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas and the University of Tulsa, which serves as the principal training entity and mentor to the two-year institutions. As of April 2011, CSEC incorporates 52 active two-year academic institutions (click here to see list).

The CareerTech system is dedicated to building an information security workforce that can implement the national strategy to secure cyberspace.  It has played a pivotal role in establishing high-quality information assurance and forensic training programs throughout Oklahoma and CSEC's eight-state region since 2004.

During the past several years, CSEC institutions have designed and implemented rigorous cyber security curricula encompassing five core areas: information assurance principles, secure electronic commerce, network security, enterprise security management, and digital forensics. These core areas cover the breadth of the discipline, including its technical, operational and managerial dimensions, and legal and ethical issues.

The Information Assurance Principles course provides the foundation for cyber security studies.  Secure Electronic Commerce involves the application of information assurance principles, methodologies and technologies in a competitive, internetworked marketplace.  Network Security encompasses strategies, components and techniques for designing and evaluating secure networks, and defending network perimeters. Enterprise Security Management focuses on non-technical issues vital to securing an organization’s infrastructure; it examines the impact of procurement, installation, configuration, certification, operation and management on enterprise security. Finally, Digital Forensics addresses issues to consider when information assurance fails; it covers the principles and techniques involved in forensic analysis, network surveillance and incident response.

The CareerTech System collaborates and shares curriculum and instructional resources through the CSEC web repository located at and through the CareerTech Moodle Site located at  The user names and passwords can be found in Section 1.a. of the CAE2Y Program Application on the application website.

1.b. Shared Faculty

The CareerTech Curriculum Working Group meets three times a year and evaluates and revises information assurance curriculum, creates new educational programs, and develops and disseminates curricula and hands-on laboratories.

The CareerTech System has an active Curriculum Working Group comprised of the faculty listed below:

  1. Clint Webb, Central Technology Center
  2. Nick Gaunt, Central Technology Center
  3. Brian Babcock, Central Technology Center
  4. Greg Porter, Francis Tuttle Technology Center
  5. Wesley Sloan, Great Plains Technology Center
  6. Mathew Jones, Meridian Technology Center
  7. Ethan Murphy, Mid-America Technology Center
  8. Don Lawrence, Tulsa Technology Center
  9. Don Pipkin, Tulsa Technology Center
  10. Barron Winters, Moore Norman Technology Center
  11. Tommy Hamilton, Moore Norman Technology Center

CareerTech also collaborates with the following lead CSEC member institutions to update CSEC sponsored-curriculum:

  1. Al Heitkamper, Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City, OK
  2. Ken Dewey, Rose State College, Mid West City, OK
  3. Scott Newman, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, Okmulgee, OK
  4. Tom Pigg, Jackson State Community College, Jackson, TN
  5. Chris Rondeau, Bossier Parish Community College, Bossier City, LA
  6. Christie Burton, Red Rocks Community College, Denver, CO
  7. Diane Lee, St. Louis Community College, St. Louis, MO
  8. Marilyn Mahan, Manhattan Technical College, Manhattan, KS
  9. Mazen Akkam, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS
  10. Melissa Napper, Metropolitan Community College, Kansas City, MO

The CareerTech System is currently the lead CSEC member developing curricula to address control systems security, with an emphasis on the energy and manufacturing sectors.  This curricula is shared with CSEC faculty at member institutions during five-day train-the-trainer workshops throughout CSEC's eight-state region.  The CareerTech system also works collaboratively with Oklahoma community colleges to create educational pathways based upon the core curriculum.

1.c. Use of distance education technology and techniques to deliver IA courses.

The CareerTech system uses the Moodle Learning Management System as the online delivery platform for its information assurance programs.  Students can access curricula and hands-on labs as needed to complete instruction. An example of a CareerTech Moodle site is located at  The user name and password to access CareerTech online courses can be found in Section 1.c. of the CAE2Y Program Application on the application website. The following courses are currently supported on Moodle:

  1. Principles of Information Assurance
  2. Enterprise Security Management
  3. Network  Security
  4. Secure E-commerce
  5. Digital Forensics

The CareerTech System also has access to the CSEC virtual laboratory hosted by Rose State College that also supports distance-learning opportunities.

1.d. Evidence the program is providing students with access to IA practitioners


Each technology center provides students access to information assurance professionals from a wide variety of industry sectors.  IA professional serve as guest speakers and lecturers, host industry visits, and serve on advisory boards. Recent IA professionals who have served as guest speakers are shown below.

Central Technology Center

Jimmy Randolph, Bank of Oklahoma
Geoff Beasley, Beasley Technology
Ray Riddle, Spirit Bank

Great Plains Technology Center

Ken Dewey, Rose State College
William Matthey II, Independent Contractor
Benjamin Carlson, Oklahoma National Guard

Meridian Technology Center

Les Little, Stillwater Police Department
David Porter, The Meadows
Wes Warner, Dell

Mid-America Technology Center

Chris Mallow, University of Oklahoma CSIRT

Tulsa Technology Center

Detective Scott Wanzer, Tulsa Police Department Cyber Crimes Division
Dr. Gavin Manes, Avansic
Dr. Scott Newman, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology
Brian Foster, BOK Financial

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