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.


Higher ed nearly doubled student information systems spending in 2021

by Benjamin Freed • 3 weeks ago

Colleges and universities increased purchases of student information systems by 98% in 2021, reversing a five-year decline.

Higher Education

University of Arkansas System rolled online college into school it purchased

by Benjamin Freed • 3 weeks ago

The University of Arkansas is folding its eVersity program into Grantham University, a for-profit, online school it bought last year.


FBI warns colleges: VPN credentials circulating on Russian forums

by Benjamin Freed • 1 month ago

VPN credentials and other account data from a "multitude" of schools are available for sale on cybercrime forums, according to an FBI alert.


Universities can't expect to grow cyber workforce with 'antiquated methods'

by Benjamin Freed • 2 months ago

At the Hack the Capitol conference, speakers said filling out the cyber workforce can't wait for everyone to complete an advanced degree.


Energy Dept. funds grid security research at six universities

by Benjamin Freed • 2 months ago

The department is distributing $12 million to research projects focused on improving cyber defenses at electrical facilities.


Illinois' Lincoln College on brink of closure months after ransomware attack

by Benjamin Freed • 3 months ago

The rural, predominately Black Lincoln College was already facing financial struggles when a ransomware attack disrupted the admissions.