Leading IT security expert, Erdal Ozkaya, now lecturing at Charles Sturt

Erdal Ozkaya, one of the world’s leading experts and educators on security in the Microsoft environment has taken up a lecturing role at Charles Sturt University.

Ozkaya was the founder and senior Microsoft instructor of CEO IT Training, a company that has now merged with Fast Lane Asia Pacific; one of Australia’s Silver certified Microsoft Learning Partners. He now participates in worldwide events as a technical lead and speaker and is also a security consultant and certified ethical hacker trainer.

He specializes in Windows client and server operating systems and applications: Exchange 2007/2010/2013; SharePoint 2007/2010; EC-Council security and ISO 27001/27002/27005. He has been repeatedly recognized by Microsoft for his achievements as a speaker, educator, and courseware author. In April 2010 he became the first Microsoft Certified Learning Consultant in Australia. There are very few recipients of this award in the world and he remains the only recipient in Australia.

He has awarded “Best Technical Learning Guide” and “Best Speaker” in Microsoft Technical Education Seminars (TechEd) Australia and gained the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (Windows Expert-IT Pro) award in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. The International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) gave him its Global Instructor of the Year Award in 2011 and 2012. The award recognizes instructors that have contributed significantly, and made a difference, to the information security community by providing leading EC-Council certification programs.

Ozkaya told WhaTech that he started his career in IT security as a teenager. “I started in IT when I was 15 years old working at small companies and learning a bit about networking and I started to specialize in security because I noticed that there were many security vulnerabilities. I tried to learn from the mistakes of people were making and became one of well-known experts in the market.” In addition to his work lecturing and training, Ozkaya is still very actively involved in the ‘front line’ of IT security, protecting organizations against cyber threats. He is actively involved in the development of complex IT security solutions, and in enforcing regulatory requirements on organizations to ensure that they protect their digital assets. Find out more about Erdal Ozkaya at CSU here 

This article was also publisher at

  • CIO Magazine
  • WhatTech
  • ComputerWorld Australia
  • CSU Web site
  • IT Masters Web Site

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