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.

State

Illinois hires new chief data officer

by Benjamin Freed • 2 hours ago

Tammy Roust, a former associate director of the U.S. Commodities and Futures Trading Commission, will take over the state government's data practice.

State

Alabama names Marty Redden as permanent CIO

by Benjamin Freed • 1 day ago

Redden, who had served in an acting capacity since the June departure of Jim Purcell, is Alabama's first permanent CIO and IT secretary in more than two years.

City

NYC algorithm task force makes broad suggestions in final report

by Benjamin Freed • 1 day ago

Mayor Bill de Blasio also announced the creation of a new position of algorithms management and policy officer to oversee the city's use of algorithms.

State

'User education' key to prevent ransomware, says state cyber commander

by Benjamin Freed • 2 days ago

"There’s always that one user who gets the email and wants to click on it," said Maj. Alan Dunn of the Louisiana National Guard. "That’s 85 to 90 percent of your battle."

State

Louisiana government hit with ransomware attack

by Benjamin Freed • 4 days ago

Officials said the attack, which involved the Ryuk malware, did not result in any data loss.

State

Kentucky's new governor to 'rein in' CIO's salary

by Benjamin Freed • 4 days ago

Andy Beshear, who was elected Nov. 5, plans to reduce the controversial $375,000 salary Gov. Matt Bevin gave to his CIO, Chuck Grindle.

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