Criterion Systems names new CIO

Criterion Systems, Inc. announced that Bob Heckman has been promoted to Chief Information Officer (CIO). The promotion is effective immediately. Heckman joined the company two years ago and served as vice president and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) as well as directing Criterion’s Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (CoE). Prior to joining the Criterion team, Heckman worked at SRA International Inc, where he served as CISO.

During his two-year tenure with Criterion Systems, Inc., Heckman has played an instrumental role in further establishing the company as a significant player in federal cybersecurity. Accomplishments include helping to build and grow Criterion’s CoE and playing an integral part in developing Criterion’s Cybersecurity Operations Maturity Model.

“We are pleased to announce the promotion of Bob Heckman to Chief Information Officer,” stated Promod Sharma, Criterion’s President and CEO. “Bob has been instrumental in helping our company grow to a 400-person cyber operations-focused business and further establish our reputation.”
Heckman is a well-respected thought leader in the cybersecurity space and has more than 25 years of experience. In addition to being a regular contributor to Criterion’s corporate blog and featured in industry publications, he is a frequent speaker at industry events.

Criterion Systems, Inc. (Criterion) is a large business systems integrator and cyber operations-focused company. Since 2005, Criterion has provided cybersecurity, IT infrastructure operations, systems engineering, and application development across our nation’s mission-critical environments. Criterion is Capability Maturity Model Integration CMMI-DEV Level 3 certified and an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001-2015, ISO 20000-1:2011, and ISO 27001:2013 company. Headquartered in Vienna, Va., with offices in Albuquerque, N.M., and Las Vegas, Nev., Criterion supports customer operations at 46 sites worldwide. For more information, please visit the website:


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