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Technology Executive Is Leading A Big Data Security Venture In Baltimore

Derek Gabbard has been in technology since the development of cyber security as a specialty, back, as he describes, "when I left the service, I began working on cyber security research and development  at Computer Emergency Response Division at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. The field was pretty young, and we had a real opportunity to shape the landscape, especially in the government, which was fascinating. That led me to be involved in the launch of Lookingglass Cyber Solutions, which is another pioneer in cyber threats and cyber security."

(Photo Courtesy of Derek Gabbard)

Gabbard is now president of FourV Systems LLC in Baltimore, a wholly owned subsidiary of SRC Inc.. FourV Systems is in the process of introducing a computer data security product aimed at larger companies.

What led you into technology initially? What led you to FourV?

"When I graduated with a B.S. in chemistry, the Air Force needed communications and computer systems officers, so they pretty much made the decision initially for me. My experience at Looking Glass was extremely educational and got me interested in being involved in the launching of more innovative, disruptive technology companies. So, when SRC let me know what they wanted to do in the big, fast data analytics space, I was extremely interested in being a part of that."

How does your educational background relate to your current role?

"I don't use my chemistry education per se, but it did prepare me to be scientifically focused and engineering-minded. That mindset coupled with the on-the-job experience from the Air Force has been beneficial and has prepared me to always be looking for ways to make something from nothing."

How has your education helped to further your career and contributed to your success?

"Being a graduate of a service academy gave me an early focus on leadership and team-building skills, which I have used throughout my career, both in the service and in technology start-ups."

What is some advice you can offer others looking to go into some aspect of technology?

"If you are working in technology, learn to think like your customers. Technology for the purpose of technology is useless - it has to exist to make someone else's job or life better or easier. Be passionate about that – hearing young technologists who think like their customers is refreshing and extremely useful."

Susan Brown originally spent many years in banking/finance before confronting her addictions. She has now been in recovery for 20 years.
Primary interests include metaphysics and energy healing in which she has several certifications. She has written for since 2009 and also writes for Om Times. Sue lives in Baltimore.

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