Benjamin Freed

Technology Editor

County & Local

U.S. House bill would require feds to notify public of election hacking

by Benjamin Freed • 2 days ago

Two lawmakers from Florida say federal officials should be required to inform Congress, state and local authorities and the public if an election-related computer system is hacked.


Colorado hires 'blockchain solution architect'

by Benjamin Freed • 3 days ago

Thaddeus Batt, a former software executive, will lead the state's research into applying distributed-ledger technology to government functions.


Florida governor orders statewide review of election cybersecurity

by Benjamin Freed • 3 days ago

Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered the state and all 67 counties to review their security after learning Russian hackers had successfully breached two counties' voter databases in 2016.


Arkansas transformation officer to lead state's new consolidated technology department

by Benjamin Freed • 4 days ago

Amy Fecher will lead a new department that includes the state IT agency, GIS mapping, personnel management and the budget, as part of a statewide reorganization pushed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson.


2018 was 'a bad year' for ransomware, but so far 2019 is no better

by Benjamin Freed • 5 days ago

Ransomware incidents in Baltimore and Jackson County, Georgia, and are extending a run of cyberattacks on state and local governments that officials say will likely continue.

County & Local

Election officials say they're adopting a 'security first' mindset heading into 2020

by Benjamin Freed • 1 week ago

The relationship between state and federal officials has improved, but there are still plenty of challenges in securing election systems across the country, speakers at an NGA conference said.

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