(Washington.Exec)
WashingtonExec’s Pinnacle Award for Cybersecurity Industry Executive of the Year (Public Company) was finalist Tommy Gardner, who’s chief technology officer at HP Federal. Here, he talks key achievements, future focus areas, professional risk-taking and more.
In this lengthy interview, Gardner responded to the question, “What are you most proud of having been a part of in your current organization?”
Gardner’s response related to quantum technology. “A recent project that I am proud of is working with a team of HP researchers on the development of quantum internet. This next generation of internet will be designed primarily for cybersecurity purposes, such that ease of use and communication capabilities will be a secondary consideration from security of the network. The objective is to design an unhackable system that will protect data from theft or compromise.
My primary focus area is advancing HP’s presence in the quantum information science field. In partnership with HP Labs, I am involved with research in quantum information and other innovations including device architecture and 3D printing. As an expert on secure infrastructure for quantum information, I advise on security considerations for next-generation devices and products.”
NOTE: The interview is lengthy (and inspiring) as Gardner discusses taking risks, learning from the next generation, keeping a collaborative spirit and an open mind and more. Well-worth the time to click to source and read.

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