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.

State

New cybersecurity coordinators will bridge feds to states, senator says

by Benjamin Freed • 3 days ago

Sen. Maggie Hassan said that improving cyber defenses begins with "supercharging" the relationship between federal, state and local governments.

City

CISA boosts anti-ransomware messaging for local government

by Benjamin Freed • 3 days ago

The federal cybersecurity agency said the new campaign is aimed at preventing cyberattacks against K-12 school systems and organizations battling COVID-19.

State

Former New York CIO is latest to join Microsoft

by Benjamin Freed • 5 days ago

Jeremy Goldberg, who was also a key adviser to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during the COVID-19 pandemic, is now part of the tech giant's public sector division.

State

'StateRAMP' group aims to grade state and local vendors' security

by Benjamin Freed • 5 days ago

Modeled after FedRAMP for federal cloud providers, StateRAMP seeks to bring vendor standardization to state and local government.

County & Local

Biden relief proposal includes $350 billion for state and local government

by Benjamin Freed • 1 week ago

While none of the money is targeted directly at IT, state and local governments would be able to use the money flexibly to cover a broad range of expenses.

State

Modernization and security funding tops NASCIO's legislative agenda

by Benjamin Freed • 1 week ago

The group's annual federal priorities also include the FCC's oversight of broadband coverage and a long-running goal of harmonizing cybersecurity regulations.

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