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.

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Arkansas governor creates board to review COVID-19 tracing tech

by Benjamin Freed • 2 days ago

The 12-member board includes health and IT officials, and will be responsible for reviewing technologies the state may use to track the coronavirus.

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State health agencies lag in hardening email security, researchers say

by Benjamin Freed • 3 days ago

Email security company Proofpoint said 44% of state health agencies don't have a published configuration of DMARC, a protocol that weeds out malicious messages.

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Federal report urges cybersecurity regulation reforms sought by states

by Benjamin Freed • 4 days ago

A review of four major agencies' rules — including the FBI's and Social Security's — for how states use their data affirms NASCIO's long-held desire to harmonize cybersecurity regulations.

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Homeland Dems critique House pandemic relief bill for excluding state cyber aid

by Benjamin Freed • 5 days ago

Three members of the Homeland Security Committee say state and local cybersecurity needs to be supported as another COVID-19 rescue package is considered.

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Maryland wants to perfect 'classic' contact tracing before launching apps

by Benjamin Freed • 1 week ago

The state's 1,400 contact tracers will use a combination of cloud platforms, text alerts and old-fashioned phone calls to track the spread of COVID-19.

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Washington state says unemployment system lost 'millions of dollars' to fraud

by Benjamin Freed • 1 week ago

The head of the Washington Employment Security Department said the scheme, which appears to have originated in Nigeria, could delay payments to legitimate filers.

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