Cyber Security Investigator to Instructor
Retirement from the Stillwater Police Department after 23 years allows Les Little time to teach some of the cyber and forensic skills he learned through active duty.
During his last 10 years of police service, the former detective served on the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Working with OSBI and the FBI, he investigated high-tech crimes, recovered and processed data and testified in numerous court cases.
His police work transfers well into his classes at Meridian Technology Center. Students not only learn the forensics of retrieving information, but also learn about laws and ethics related to information assurance and security.
Little said interest in securing wireless mobile devices is growing by leaps and bounds, one reason cyber security interests are also growing. The increase in interest helps explain the waiting lists for the two cyber security classes offered at Meridian.
"Cell phones are just handheld computers and hold so much personal information," Little said. "With the IT field changing every day, the need for cyber protection on the legal and corporate side is also growing. This provides good job opportunities for our graduates."
Meridian Technology Center is one of six Oklahoma Career and Technology Education technology centers that gained another tool in late 2012 to teach cyber security professionals. The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security has designated the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance 2-Year Education.
In addition to Meridian, the designation covers Central Technology Center in Drumright and Sapulpa, Great Plains Technology Center in Lawton, Mid-America Technology Center in Wayne and Tulsa Technology Center. Francis Tuttle Technology Center in Oklahoma City earned the designation separately. -30-
By Ann Houston
Communications and Marketing Coordinator
Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education