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.

County & Local

For ransomware, feds need more rigorous comms, GAO says

by Benjamin Freed

The Government Accountability Office issued a reminder to the federal agencies that help states and localities respond to ransomware.


FCC to release new broadband maps, teeing up BEAD grants

by Benjamin Freed

The new maps are based on geocoded data, replacing a set of maps criticized for allowing ISPs to vastly overstate their coverage areas.

Digital Services

Musk's changes create Twitter blues for government agencies

by Benjamin Freed

Twitter has been an essential tool for government agencies getting urgent information to the public. Elon Musk's takeover could change that.


K-12 cyber maturity improving, but still lags behind other sectors

by Benjamin Freed

A report from the Center for Internet Security found that K-12 schools are getting better at identity management, but still have a long way to go in improving their cyber postures.


Alabama voters back local broadband spending amendment

by Benjamin Freed

An amendment to a new state constitution will allow Alabama's local governments to use American Rescue Plan funds to attract broadband providers.


Mississippi election websites hit by Election Day DDoS incident

by Benjamin Freed

Websites operated by the Mississippi secretary of state were offline for part of Election Day, though the outage did not affect voting.