Seth Barun

State IT Leadership of the Year

Lt. Col. Seth Barun serves as branch chief of the North Carolina National Guard’s cyber unit, leading soldiers and airmen who help state agencies, local governments and critical-infrastructure operators protect against and respond to cyberattacks, responding to at least 30 incidents in 2021 alone. The National Guard is a major component of North Carolina’s Joint Cybersecurity Task Force, a five-year-old interagency group that earlier this year received broader responsibilities under an executive order from Gov. Roy Cooper.

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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