Benjamin Freed

Benjamin Freed

Technology Editor

Benjamin Freed is the Technology Editor for StateScoop, covering cybersecurity issues affecting state and local governments across the country. He has written extensively about ransomware, election security, and the federal government's role in assisting states and localities with information security. Previously, he wrote about politics and culture for Washingtonian magazine, and before that was the editor-in-chief of DCist. He has also written for Slate, Washington City Paper and the New Republic.

City

Ransomware awareness is up, yet cyber budgets stay flat, poll finds

by Benjamin Freed • 4 hours ago

An IBM Security survey found 73 percent of state and local government workers are concerned about ransomware, but many say their budgets and training remain inadequate.

City

'Hygiene is core to everything' on ransomware, San Jose CIO says

by Benjamin Freed • 2 days ago

San Jose CIO Rob Lloyd told a San Francisco CyberTalks audience that as ransomware attacks have matured, how governments defend against and respond to them have had to as well.

State

Utah bill explores taking mobile voting statewide

by Benjamin Freed • 1 week ago

Legislation that would order election officials to study the feasibility of mobile voting statewide has already passed the state House, and is making its way through the Utah Senate.

City

Cities are fleeing payment platform Click2Gov after data-breach resurgence

by Benjamin Freed • 1 week ago

Cities using the breach-prone platform are looking for safer options to regain the public's trust and ensure continuity of digital services.

State

How Colorado turned an idea into a real digital services agency

by Benjamin Freed • 1 week ago

Colorado Digital Service director Kelly Taylor reflects on the organization's first months and explains its "therapeutic" workforce-marketing strategy.

City

Baltimore promotes interim CIO to full-time role

by Benjamin Freed • 2 weeks ago

Todd Carter, who started as deputy CIO the same day as a crippling ransomware attack, will take over Baltimore's IT agency, Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young said.

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