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

NASCIO awards top state IT projects and officials for 2019

by Benjamin Freed • 15 hours ago

State projects to map schools and track sexual assault kits were honored alongside three top state technology officials.

State

State IT workers should adopt 'consultant' mindset, Tennessee CIO says

by Benjamin Freed • 1 day ago

Stephanie Dedmon told NASCIO's 2019 conference that her staff needs to focus on customer needs, not just the tech.

County & Local

How Texas used its disaster playbook after a huge ransomware attack

by Benjamin Freed • 3 days ago

The Lone Star State was the latest respond to a ransomware attack by making it a statewide emergency.

State

NASCIO announces new leadership, cybersecurity awards

by Benjamin Freed • 3 days ago

North Carolina CIO Eric Boyette will serve as the organization's president, succeeding Delaware CIO James Collins.

City

Chicago mayor proposes massive overhaul of city's IT operations

by Benjamin Freed • 1 week ago

Mayor Lori Lightfoot's proposal would merge the city's IT agency with the department that manages vehicles and buildings, which the city's former chief data officer called a "terrible decision."

State

Mississippi audit finds 'disregard' for cybersecurity across state

by Benjamin Freed • 1 week ago

More than 40 percent of state entities did not bother responding to a required survey about IT and data security practices, the state auditor said.

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