As of 2020, Steve Hailey is an Information Technology veteran of thirty-seven years, with thirty years of experience developing and delivering technical training. Steve has thirty-four years of data recovery experience, and has been providing cybersecurity and digital forensics services professionally for twenty-three years. He is a highly skilled expert witness and dynamic instructor, bringing to bear his combined skills in cybersecurity and digital forensics. He is currently serving as a Subject Matter Expert for the IT Skill Standards 2020 and Beyond NSF Project, and previously served on the National CyberWatch Center's Curriculum Standards Panel, contributing to the nation’s first curriculum model standard for cybersecurity education. He is the founder and former President of the Washington State High Technology Crime Investigation Association, and was formerly Vice President of the Digital Forensics Certification Board.
Steve has performed work and conducted training in the fields of computer networking, cybersecurity, and digital forensics for Fortune 500 companies, law firms, the Department of Defense, multiple law enforcement agencies, and several colleges and universities. He is actively involved with developing and delivering training in cybersecurity and digital forensics to members of city, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, and has trained military personnel tasked with performing mobile forensics and digital forensics in the Mideast. Steve has also served as a cybersecurity curriculum developer, instructor and subject matter expert for Texas A & M University.
Steve is a Cyberterrorism subject matter expert for DHS and FEMA sponsored programs, and has trained Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security personnel to protect some of the most aggressively targeted information systems in the world within our nation's critical infrastructure. He developed the Continuing Legal Education course "Digital Forensics for Attorneys" which has been delivered to attorneys and legal professionals locally and internationally, to include the Washington State Attorney General's Office and the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Justice. As well, he developed and delivered training in conducting comprehensive digital forensic examinations to members of law enforcement for the Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, and Sharjah police departments in the United Arab Emirates.
He has authored certification practice tests for several vendors and is also a Subject Matter Expert for CompTIA's Security+. Steve has processed digital forensic cases ranging from inappropriate resource use and network intrusions to cases involving identity theft, credit card fraud, child pornography and money laundering. He is creator of the CyberSecurity Forensic Analyst (CSFA)™ certification, as well as the author of several digital forensics/forensic computing course books.
Steve is co-author of the paper "Defining a Process Model for Forensic Analysis of Digital Devices and Storage Media" which was published by the IEEE in 2007. In 2008, Steve co-authored a paper entitled "A Case Study; Overcoming Anti-Forensic Methods Used on External Storage Drives" which was presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting for the American Academy of Forensic Science. The methodology developed and presented for the paper is now in use by forensic analysts worldwide.
He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), an AccessData Certified Examiner, a Digital Forensics Certified Practitioner, and he possesses a certificate in computer forensics from Oregon State University. In addition to these credentials, Steve has 31 additional technical certifications. His professional affiliations include The Agora, InfraGard, and the High Tech Crime Consortium. Steve has been featured on television, radio, and has authored several articles related to cybersecurity and digital forensics.