Gary DePreta

Industry Leadership of the Year

Gary DePreta, Cisco’s area vice president for the U.S. SLED market, has spent more than 20 years working alongside public-sector agencies, but now more than ever he sees the value of the “stewardship role” that those agencies play in residents’ lives. “When the pandemic hit, if you think about the IT resources throughout the country and in particular state, local and education, they really were unsung heroes because we pushed everyone out the door overnight and the world had to keep running,” he says. Now those same agencies are in the “reimagine” phase, DePreta says, driving a new era in citizen experience. 

Benjamin Freed

Written by Benjamin Freed

Benjamin Freed was the managing editor of StateScoop and EdScoop, covering cybersecurity issues affecting state and local governments across the country. He wrote extensively about ransomware, election security and the federal government’s role in assisting states and cities with information security.

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