Benjamin Freed

Managing Editor

Benjamin Freed is the managing editor of StateScoop and EdScoop, 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, localities and higher education institutions with information security.


Cyber incident reporting law takes effect in Virginia

by Benjamin Freed • 3 hours ago

A new law gives all agencies and local governments 24 hours to report cybersecurity incidents to Virginia's fusion center.


Rhode Island governor signs bill allowing internet voting

by Benjamin Freed • 5 hours ago

Opponents of online ballots urged Gov. Daniel McKee to veto the measure, pointing to concerns that internet voting isn't secure.


Chicago mayor appoints CIO and CTO amid digital-strategy revamp

by Benjamin Freed • 2 weeks ago

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the city is going to embark on a new IT modernization strategy, naming two officials to lead the effort.

County & Local

Election, law enforcement officials launch group to combat threats against voting process

by Benjamin Freed • 2 weeks ago

The new Committee for Safe and Secure Elections says it wants to improve coordination between election administrators and law enforcement.


Biden signs cyber bill aimed at state and local coordination

by Benjamin Freed • 2 weeks ago

The president signed two cybersecurity bills, including one that boosts CISA's coordination with state and local governments.


Former Virginia CIO Nelson Moe joins IT provider Iron Bow

by Benjamin Freed • 2 weeks ago

The move reunites Moe with former Virginia IT official Jonathan Ozovek, who compared their work relationship to "peanut butter and jelly."