Timothy Sheehan

State IT Leadership of the Year

When Wyoming CIO Gordon Knopp resigned in May 2021 amid a major breach of health data, Gov. Mark Gordon asked deputy CIO Timothy Sheehan to restore the reputation of the state’s Department of Enterprise Technology Services. “My core focus was looking at the agency anew,” Sheehan says. “I took a holistic view, did an assessment to understand the state of the agency and realign priorities.” He found ETS was sometimes out of sync with the rest of government. “We weren’t communicating effectively,” he says. “We revamped how we engage our agencies.” There’s also, in light of the breach, a new emphasis on cybersecurity: “It starts with identity management,” Sheehan says.

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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