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Michael Dinkins
Sr. Information Security Officer
Information Security & Projects Office
CISSP, BS CompSci-Information Systems
  (423) 425-4507
  (423) 425-2200
  Doctors Bldg Room 303

As UTC's Senior Information Security Officer (SISO) my goal is to foster greater awareness among faculty, staff and students about persistent threats and the overall risk to UTC systems and information.  I will continuously promote security industry standards, policies and best practices for all users and administrators of the UTC network. 

I was born in San Diego and I grew up mostly in Southern California.  However, I also traveled to several states with my parents because my dad chased NASA contracts for booster rockets used in NASA's manned space program.  Cris-crossing the US during the 1960's was fun, but needless to say that I attended many schools before graduating high school.  The short story is that we ended up in Chattanooga after Hurricane Camille hit the Mississippi Gulf coast in 1969.  I met my wife, Cecilia, in between college semesters and we married in 1973.  We have three children, two daughter-in-laws, one son-in-law, and eight grandchildren, and my one metric of success in life is that were all in the same zip code and we're all still good far.



-- Director of Systems, Operations & Security, UTC.  January 2010 - April 2013

In the Fall of 2009 I applied for a Director's position and was offered the opportunity to work with a talented group of analysts and administrators in the Systems & Operations department.   There were numerous IT projects in progress around the campus during the period 2009-2013, and our goal in SysOps was to sustain daily operations and provide high availability of services while assisting in the implementation of various, significant new projects.  The projects included the new Banner Student Information System, Active Directory, Exchange 2010, MocsMail (Google), and numerous other projects and the SysOps Team did a outstanding job for UTC.  And like most customers who have quality Cable TV, Internet, or Telephone services...I'll bet you didn't even notice because your service was there when you needed it. 

-- Senior Security Analyst, U of Tn System (UTSA), assigned to UTC. August 2008 – December 2010

-- Senior Information Security Architect, Director and Lead Engineer of Applications & Security at ISN, Chattanooga, TN.  May 1998 - August 2008

-- Pre/Post-Sales Support Engineer, LAN/WAN Designer, Planner, & Senior Systems & Networking Engineer, Citrix Solutions Engineer at Intergraph Corporation, Huntsville, AL.  October 1983 - May 1998



I was asked to answer these questions:

1.  QUESTION:  When I'm not working in the dungeon, I'm most likely.....

     ANSWER:  Playing guitar.

2.  QUESTION:  Cats or Dogs? 

     ANSWER:  Cats.  

3.  QUESTION:  If you were a detective, who would be your sidekick?

     ANSWER:  Dr. Scully

4.  QUESTION:  What would you choose for a super power?

     ANSWER:  The United States of America.    (...or time traveling).

5.  QUESTION:  What is the farthest place you have traveled?

     ANSWER:  Can't say, but it was in excess of 700 feet below the surface of the ocean for 90 days.