Information Sharing , Training & Security Leadership

The Influencers: Robert Carey

Chief Information Office, Department of the Navy
The Influencers: Robert Carey
The Influencers is a continuing series of profiles of the people who shape federal government information security and privacy policy.

Why He's an Influencer
Robert Carey co-chairs the Federal CIO Council's Committee on Information Security and Identity Management and is a leader in introducing Web 2.0 technologies to the federal government.

His Experience
Carey joined the Navy's Office of CIO in 2000, regularly being elevated from e-business team leader, to director of the Smart Card Office, to deputy CIO for policy and integration to CIO.

Previously, Carey served in a variety of engineering and program management leadership positions within the Navy's acquisition community in the undersea warfare domain.

A 1982 graduate of the University of South Caroline with a BS in engineering, Carey earned a master of engineering management degree from George Washington University in 1995.

As an active member of the Naval Reserve he holds the rank of commander in the Civil Engineer Corps Carey was recalled to duty for Operation Desert Storm and more recently as part of a Marine expeditionary force in Iraq's Al Anbar province.

What's Said About Him
"Carey was the first CIO to host a public blog, which he has used to reach out to the Navy Department community generally, but also the community generally on subjects ranging from information security to trust to privacy. But beyond that, Carey was also the first CIO to issue a policy enabling the Navy to use Web 2.0.

"The Navy Web 2.0 policy has been widely seen as a potential model for other agencies particularly because it focuses on enabling Web 2.0 rather then limiting it. And Carey's blog has inspired other CIOs and there are several CIO bloggers now." Chris Dorobek, co-anchor of The Daily Debrief, Federal News Radio

In His Own Words
"While we need to use PII (personal identifiable information) on a daily basis, we also need to ensure its security and integrity to protect our personnel. What this boils down to is a change in our culture that emphasizes the vital importance of PII. Because of the threat identity theft presents, it is as important as classified information and it must be treated that way. Accountability is key at all levels of the workforce to include leaders and managers.

"I know that the handling of confidential or secret information is accomplished under the auspices of security manuals and regulations. While similar documents exist for PII, we need to improve and strictly adhere to these processes.

"The mishandling of confidential or secret information is dealt with swiftly and surely. The same must be true for PII. If not handled properly, there will be consequences beyond a 'chat' with the boss. Compromises of information can and will be handled by commanding officers, as appropriate, and must not be shrugged off as the cost of doing business."

About the Author

Eric Chabrow

Eric Chabrow

Retired Executive Editor, GovInfoSecurity

Chabrow, who retired at the end of 2017, hosted and produced the semi-weekly podcast ISMG Security Report and oversaw ISMG's GovInfoSecurity and InfoRiskToday. He's a veteran multimedia journalist who has covered information technology, government and business.

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