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Trust is of utmost importance in Coast Guard email correspondence

The Coast Guard might be housed in the Homeland Security Department, but operationally it similar to the armed services. It uses communication infrastructures provided by the Defense Department, notes Capt. Michael Dickey, the commanding officer of the Coast Guard Command, Control, Communications and IT service center.

Of email, Dickey says, “One of the concerns that we really need to pay attention to is exactly that of trust. When a Coast Guard unit receives an email from a commander […] they need to be able to trust that the email received is from who it appears to be from.”

Dickey adds that the service center is working to extend email encryption and authentication to mobile devices.



Tom Temin, Federal News Radio

Tom Temin has been the host of the Federal Drive since 2006. Tom has been reporting on and providing insight to technology markets for more than 30 years.  Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Tom was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines. Tom also contributes a regular column on government information technology.



CAPT Michael Dickey, Commander, United States Coast Guard Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information Technology Service Center (C4ITSC)

Captain Dickey, USCG, is the Commander of the Coast Guard’s Command, Control, Communications, Computers, & Information Technology Service Center (C4ITSC).  In his current role, CAPT Dickey is responsible for overseeing the development and management of all C4IT Services for the Coast Guard.

Captain Dickey graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering in 1990. From 1994 to 1996 he attended graduate school at the University of Illinois where he earned a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering.

Captain Dickey has held a variety of challenging assignments in both Coast Guard operations and mission support, including: Operations Officer, Executive Officer  and Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Cutters, project manager at the Coast Guard Research and Development Center, and Command of Electronic System Support Unit Cleveland and the Telecommunication and Information Systems Command (TISCOM).

In 2001 he was selected for assignment to the White House Communications Agency where he managed their first significant modernization of communications systems in 15 years. Most recently, Captain Dickey served as the Deputy Commander of Coast Guard Cyber Command.

Captain Dickey’s military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals, four Commendation Medals, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and the Coast Guard Letter of Commendation.

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