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.

Modernization

AWS executive predicts shift toward workforce development

by Benjamin Freed • 14 hours ago

Kim Majerus, the head of Amazon Web Services' SLED practice, said several states are building job retraining programs to develop skills needed during the pandemic.

Cybersecurity

Arizona ballot review undermined election security, new EI-ISAC leaders say

by Benjamin Freed • 4 days ago

Former Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar said the Maricopa County recount is "the very opposite of what election officials around the country have been working to do."

Digital Services

Why government technologists love the Domino's pizza tracker

by Benjamin Freed • 5 days ago

The ubiquitous pizza chain's customer-service app has become a model for state governments seeking to improve their digital services.

Cybersecurity

North Dakota CISO Kevin Ford to take lead cyber role with Esri

by Benjamin Freed • 7 days ago

North Dakota CIO Shawn Riley credited Ford for his role in a cybersecurity consolidation process that's included nearly every part of the state's public sector.

Cybersecurity

North Dakota IT audit to include review of election tech

by Benjamin Freed • 2 weeks ago

State Auditor Joshua Gallion said the routine technology audit will not be like the recent ballot reviews seen in Arizona and other states.

Modernization

Identity is 'critical' for digital transformation, Arizona strategy chief says

by Benjamin Freed • 2 weeks ago

Arizona Chief Strategy Officer Doug Lange said that user identity management has been a core component of the state's broader modernization plan.

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