09 Apr Meet Dan Chandler, Chief Information Security Officer
Criterion has many veterans and active reservists among its leadership and staff. Today, we’d like to introduce you to Dan Chandler, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). You can find more profiles of veterans and other employees in our Life at Criterion category.
What branch did you serve in?
What was your position?
I retired as a Military Intelligence Officer with 20 years after serving in a wide variety of strategic and tactical intelligence and security positions.
What was the time frame you were in the military?
1976 to 1996
What was the most rewarding aspect of serving in the military?
The work was always interesting and challenging. I enjoyed the travel and seeing new cultures was awesome. I also liked the feeling of doing something important.
What lessons learned during your service do you apply to your job now in the civilian sector?
Never take anything for granted. Loyalty up and down has to be earned every day. Really listening is harder than talking.
Why did you choose to pursue a job in Government Contracting?
My experience and expertise in intelligence and security lead me to pursue a career in cybersecurity at Troy Systems, SRA, CSRA, and now Criterion, for a total of 22 years.
How do you like it?
While sometimes frustrating, on the whole I have found it to be challenging and fulfilling.
What advice would you give to military members who are about to re-enter civilian life?
Figure out what you want to do or are passionate about then do some research and set some realistic expectations. Obtain the training and/or professional certifications you will need and then go for it!