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

Florida lawmakers consider cybersecurity overhaul

by Benjamin Freed • 21 hours ago

State lawmakers are in the process of approving legislation that would add new security roles at the year-old Florida Digital Service agency.

City

Seattle CISO announces retirement

by Benjamin Freed • 1 day ago

Andrew Cushman, a former Microsoft cybersecurity director who joined the city government in 2019, plans to step down later this year.

City

Baltimore mayor names data officer and city's first broadband director

by Benjamin Freed • 5 days ago

The new chief data officer will work out of City Hall, rather than the IT office, a switch government data gurus have argued for.

State

House cybersecurity chair plans to reintroduce state and local grant proposal

by Benjamin Freed • 5 days ago

Rep. Yvette Clarke said she will put forward a bill creating an annual $500 million grant program to help state and local governments invest in cybersecurity.

State

Arizona CISO to lead state's homeland security agency

by Benjamin Freed • 6 days ago

Tim Roemer will maintain his role as state CISO, making Arizona one of the few states to place cybersecurity under a homeland security agency rather than its IT organization.

County & Local

Tyler Technologies buys teacher tracking, veterans' claims software firms

by Benjamin Freed • 1 week ago

The government IT provider, which recently purchased rival NIC Inc., has announced the acquisition of two additional subsidiaries.

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