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.

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TikTok wants to promote cybersecurity education

by • 5 months ago

The social-media company is supporting an effort by the National Cyber Security Alliance to encourage college students to cybersecurity careers.

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Want to fix unemployment systems? Try the Domino's model

by • 7 months ago

A claims tracker modeled on the pizza chain's delivery updates is one way states responded to their pandemic unemployment surges, according to a guidebook from New America.

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There's more to legacy tech than age, outgoing L.A. County CIO says

by • 7 months ago

Bill Kehoe, who's been nominated to be CIO for the State of Washington, said L.A. County's cloud migrations were helpful during the COVID-19 response.

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Ohio's new CIO sets goals for post-pandemic IT

by • 7 months ago

In an interview, Katrina Flory, who was named statewide CIO June 10, said she's looking forward to a continued expansion of digital services.

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MS-ISAC members get access to other industries' cyber intel

by • 7 months ago

Members of the cybersecurity group for state and local agencies can access a Deloitte website that collects threat intelligence for a variety of sectors, the consulting firm said.

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Florida budget adds $37 million in cybersecurity spending

by • 8 months ago

The state's new budget follows recommendations issued earlier this year by a 15-member task force.

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