Benjamin Freed

Benjamin Freed


'Bootcamp' program aims to boost New York City's cybersecurity workforce

by • 4 days ago

Twenty-four students were recently awarded full scholarships to a 17-week cybersecurity training program as part of the city's Cyber NYC initiative.


DHS needs help peeking into state and local networks, cybersecurity official says

by • 3 weeks ago

A top federal cybersecurity official said Wednesday the Department of Homeland Security often lacks a clear picture of state and local governments’ network security, even as foreign adversaries increase their attempts to disrupt all levels of the public sector. And while federal agencies are getting better at working with state and local authorities, they face an ongoing challenge of staying…


Why state governments struggle to hire women in cybersecurity roles

by • 2 months ago

Women account for less than one-quarter of the cybersecurity workforce overall, and in government the gap is often even wider. Maria Thompson, the chief risk officer for the North Carolina Department of Information Technology, shared at a conference in National Harbor, Maryland, on Tuesday her theory of why this continues to be the case. “If you wake up in the…


Inspired by Vonnegut, Maine governor creates 'Office of Innovation and the Future'

by • 5 months ago

Newly inaugurated Maine Gov. Janet Mills said Thursday her administration is creating a new Office of Innovation and the Future to lead the state efforts in several major policy areas, including broadband expansion, climate and energy and government workforce development. The new agency, which will be formally created in the budget Mills is due to propose next month, will also…


'InnovateOhio' office will modernize state government, says incoming Lt. Gov. Jon Husted

by • 6 months ago

When Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted moves into the lieutenant governor’s role next Monday, he’ll be charged with leading a new statewide office dedicated to developing technological innovations in the state government. And in an interview with StateScoop, the 51-year-old Republican said Gov.-elect Mike DeWine has given the agency, called InnovateOhio, a wide berth to modernize public services. “There’s…


A potluck invitation generated a 'Reply All-pocalypse' in Utah

by • 7 months ago

For 12 minutes last Friday morning, more than 22,000 state government employees in Utah found themselves avalanched by urgent emails about what should’ve been a mundane office exercise. It didn’t take long for the chaos to spread. “Please remove me,” one worker wrote at 9:33 a.m. “Please stop responding to this email,” replied another at 9:35. “STOP THE MADNESS!!!!” came…