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.

City

On cybersecurity, cities have 'a lot to learn from each other'

by Benjamin Freed • 15 hours ago

San Francisco CISO Michael Makstman, who cofounded the Coalition of City CISOs, said cities should pursue a "collective approach" on defending their networks.

State

NASCIO names new leadership for 2021-22

by Benjamin Freed • 2 days ago

Maryland IT Secretary Michael Leahy will take over as the group's president, following New Hampshire CIO Denis Goulet, whose term had been extended by the pandemic.

Cybersecurity

'Cybersecurity is homeland security'

by Benjamin Freed • 2 days ago

Tim Roemer, Arizona's chief information security officer and homeland security director, talks about why cybersecurity isn't just an IT issue anymore.

Modernization

Report: Missouri has taken 'few steps' to improve outdated IT

by Benjamin Freed • 3 days ago

Aging systems, vacant cyber roles and administrative shakeups have hampered the state's technology governance, according to a report.

Cybersecurity

Missouri governor accuses newspaper of 'hacking' state website

by Benjamin Freed • 7 days ago

A St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter notified a state agency that it was exposing sensitive personal data. Gov. Mike Parson wants the paper investigated.

Cybersecurity

Colorado county clerk blocked from overseeing elections after promoting conspiracy theories

by Benjamin Freed • 7 days ago

A judge stripped Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters was of her election-supervision duties for sharing sensitive information with conspiracy theorists.

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