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Top computer crime fighters to speak at OSU-Tulsa

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Jim Christy
Contact: Mark Weiser, (405) 296-1554

The OSU Center for Telecommunications and Network Security (CTANS) will host Steven D. Shirley, executive director of the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center, and Jim Christy, director of the Defense Cyber Crime Institute, on Tuesday, Oct. 31, at the OSU-Tulsa Auditorium. The pair is scheduled to speak from 9:50 – 11:45 a.m. as the keynotes for the quarterly meeting of InfraGard, which is free and open to the public.
“Featuring both of these individuals at the same meeting is more than we’d ever hoped for. They have extensive backgrounds in computer crime fighting that have put them in the forefront of such efforts. We are also pleased to provide a platform for the public to get some real insight into the challenges these high-tech investigators face,” said Mark Weiser, director, OSU CTANS.
As executive director of the Cyber Crime Center, Shirley oversees three separate organizations within the center that specialize in deep criminal examinations of electronic media, a training program for computer crime investigations, and the testing and validation of forensic software and hardware for investigative applications.
Christy, director of the Defense Cyber Crime Institute, is notable for the many “firsts” in his career including the first civilian computer crime investigator for the government, first case agent to investigate computer espionage, first to use a stand alone personal computer for electronic surveillance, first to develop a technique to recover data from a cut-up diskette, and first to develop a study of psychological profiling of computer criminals.
Steven Shirley
While the morning portion of the meeting will focus on cyber crime, the afternoon will be mainly devoted to issues of Voice over IP, a method for using the Internet and other networks to carry telephone traffic. Speakers from several companies, including Cox, AT&T, and Enterprise Technologies will speak and participate on a panel.
Again, the meeting is free and open to the public. No registration or RSVP is required to attend. The Oklahoma Chapter of InfraGard is committed to a robust exchange of information to support successful infrastructure protection efforts, especially those that support owners and operators of infrastructure assets, as well as U.S. government law enforcement and national security responsibilities. For more information, contact CTANS at (405) 744-3000 or visit the website at
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