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Zoltan Szabo

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Digital Forensics Program Coordinator and Faculty
Richland College

Program coordinator and faculty member Zoltan Szabo earned an associate degree from Richland College, a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Texas at Dallas, and a master’s degree in computer science-digital forensics from the University of Tulsa’s program affiliated with the Cyber Security Education Consortium (CSEC), the same program that partners with Richland College’s Digital Forensics program. He gained much of his digital forensics experience with the Cyber Crime Unit of the Tulsa (Okla.) Police Department.

Since the late 1990s, he has worked at Richland College as a PC support technician, LAN support specialist, adjunct faculty member, program coordinator, assistant instructional dean, visiting scholar, full-time faculty member and program coordinator.

As program coordinator for Richland’s Digital Forensics program, Mr. Szabo develops courses and labs that reflect the needs of the information assurance and digital forensics field. He also manages and leads the curriculum committee and the program’s industry-driven advisory board, and has realigned the curriculum with federal requirements.

Under his leadership, the Digital Forensics program was recognized in April 2011 as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance 2-Year Education (CAE2Y) in information system security education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. Citing that the program’s “ability to meet the increasing demands of the program criteria will serve the nation well in contributing to the protection of the National Information Infrastructure,” the designation covers the academic years 2011 through 2016.

Mr. Szabo is also the recipient of Richland College’s Jean Sharon Griffith Award for Student Leadership.

His certifications include:

  • Cisco Certified Academy Instructor
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate
  • Sun Certified Network Associate
  • Sun Certified System Administrator
  • Red Hat Certified Technician
  • CompTIA –A+, Network+ Security+
  • Certified Novell Engineer
  • Microsoft Certified Professional