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.


Texas aims to emulate FedRAMP with 'TexRAMP' for cloud vendors

by Benjamin Freed • 13 hours ago

A new cloud security program is one of several new cybersecurity programs underway in Texas, which also plans to recruit volunteer incident response teams.


California tech department stops charging agencies for security services

by Benjamin Freed • 1 day ago

A change in the state's new budget means agencies no longer have to reimburse the California Department of Technology for cybersecurity functions.


$1B for state and local cyber grants in Senate infrastructure deal

by Benjamin Freed • 2 days ago

Dedicated cybersecurity grants would be made available over four years, according to an outline of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan.


New NASCIO brief explores evolution of 'broker' role

by Benjamin Freed • 3 days ago

As CIOs' offices mature, NASCIO recommends embracing the practice of business relationship management, which blends the roles of customer and vendor management.


Breach of Florida unemployment site affects nearly 58,000 accounts, state says

by Benjamin Freed • 4 days ago

State officials said malicious actors may have accessed the personal information, including bank account numbers, of people who filed for unemployment payments.


Modernization is like fixing an air conditioner, Illinois CISO says

by Benjamin Freed • 1 week ago

Retiring legacy systems, Illinois CISO Adam Ford said during a CrowdStrike event, is like "replacing the air conditioner before it goes out."