Benjamin Freed

Technology Editor

City

One year after Atlanta's ransomware attack, the city says it's transforming its technology

by Benjamin Freed • 2 days ago

The city's new CIO, Gary Brantley, says cybersecurity is now "at the front of everything we do" in the wake of a cyberattack that cost Atlanta $17 million.

County & Local

Orange County, N.C., recovering from ransomware attack

by Benjamin Freed • 5 days ago

The county of about 145,000 residents made relatively speedy progress bringing systems back online and did not pay the ransom, the county's CIO said.

State

Colorado considers blockchain for agricultural supply chain

by Benjamin Freed • 6 days ago

A new bill in the state legislature would create an advisory group to look at distributed-ledger technology in managing farms and the food supply.

State

Kentucky Senate declines to vote on bill lowering CIO's salary

by Benjamin Freed • 1 week ago

Charles Grindle will remain the country's highest-paid state CIO after the Kentucky Senate declined to vote on a bill reducing his $375,000 salary.

State

Kamala Harris proposes giving states and localities funds for digital services

by Benjamin Freed • 1 week ago

A new bill from the California senator would fund digital service teams modeled after the White House's U.S. Digital Service agency.

City

Tornado sirens in Dallas suburbs deactivated after being hacked and set off

by Benjamin Freed • 2 weeks ago

Residents of two cities were woken up in the middle of the night Tuesday after someone gained access to the radio-based warning system.

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