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.

Cybersecurity

Georgia says new voter registration system will cut down long lines

by Benjamin Freed • 2 days ago

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced a deal with Salesforce to build a new voter registration system to replace a nine-year-old platform.

City

CISA director tells mayors to make cyber a 'kitchen-table' issue

by Benjamin Freed • 2 days ago

Jen Easterly urged mayors to pursue more cyber hygiene and modernization — and offered an update on the new cybersecurity grant program.

Cybersecurity

NASCIO's federal agenda looks for clarity on new cyber grants

by Benjamin Freed • 3 days ago

The federal government has funded dedicated cybersecurity grants and CIOs are awaiting details on how the new program will work.

State

Missouri Highway Patrol backpedals on 'Batman'-themed alert

by Benjamin Freed • 4 days ago

The Missouri State Highway Patrol told residents it was looking for the Joker, but the alert was not so serious.

County & Local

Fewer ransomware attacks against state and local government in 2021, but still a 'banner year'

by Benjamin Freed • 4 days ago

The antivirus firm Emsisoft counted 77 attacks against state and local governments and 88 targeting schools in 2021.

Digital Services

Michigan starts website refresh after 20 years on old platform

by Benjamin Freed • 4 days ago

The state is moving to a new web publishing platform to give agencies' online presences "consistency, but not uniformity," officials said.

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