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Steven D. Shirley is Executive Director, Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3), Linthicum, Maryland. Operating under Secretary of the Air Force executive agency, DC3 functions as a designated national cyber center and as a DoD Center of Excellence for digital and multimedia forensics. Mr Shirley directs a business and technology support directorate and five functional directorates to deliver capabilities DoD-wide. These include developing and delivering digital forensic lab services and technical solutions to DoD law enforcement and counterintelligence (LE/CI) organizations, training LE/CI cyber specialists, Enterprise and Cyber Mission Forces; and performing sharply focused technical analyses for DoD LE/CI cyber operations. As the operational focal point for the voluntary Defense Industrial Base (DIB) Cybersecurity (CS) Program, DC3 delivers actionable threat products and analyses for DIB CS participants. DC3 is also the single DoD repository to receive and analyze mandatory cyber incident reporting from 100K DIB companies incident to statute or DoD policy; and notify Combatant Commands, Services and Agencies, as well as de-conflicting response activities with DoD and federal mission partners. As an Air Force officer he commanded LE/CI investigative operations at every Air Force level and served on the Office of the Secretary of Defense staff where he developed positions to protect DOD sensitive programs during arms control treaty inspections. In 2004, Mr. Shirley retired from the Air Force as a colonel and was appointed to the Senior Executive Service. Prior to assuming his current position, he was the Vice Commander, Air Force Office of Special Investigations. In September 2015, Mr Shirley was recognized by the University of Maryland, University College board of cyber advisors with the 3rd biennial, UMUC Cybersecurity Leadership Award.


1975 Bachelor of Science degree, Michigan State University
1980 Master of Science degree, Arizona State University
1982 Squadron Officer School
1984 Air Command and Staff College
1989 Armed Forces Staff College
1993 Air War College
2004 U.S. Air Force Senior Leader Orientation Course, Washington, D.C.
2005 DOD Senior Executive Service APEX Program, Washington, D.C.
2005 Senior Information Warfare Applications Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2008 National Security Professional Development Course, Washington, D.C.
2010 Air Force Smart Operations 21, Executive Leadership Course, Center for Executive Leadership, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
2010 U.S. Air Force Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
2012 Enterprise Perspective Seminar, Capitol Club, Washington, D.C.

1. October 1976 - March 2004, various assignments in criminal investigative, antiterrorism or counterintelligence duties in the U.S. Air Force and DoD
2. April 2004 - present, Executive Director, Defense Cyber Crime Center, Linthicum, Md.

Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster  
2010 Most influential People in Security, Security Magazine (November)

(Current as of May 2015)


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