Joseph Marks

Staff Correspondent Joseph Marks covers government technology issues, social media, Gov 2.0 and global Internet freedom for Nextgov. He previously reported on federal litigation and legal policy for Law360 and on local, state and regional issues for two Midwestern newspapers. He also interned for Congressional Quarterly’s Homeland Security section and the Associated Press’s Jerusalem Bureau. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s in international affairs from Georgetown.
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The US Needs One Cyber Defense Agency—Not Three, a Top NSA Official Says

October 19, 2016 The U.S. government ought to consider forging stronger ties between agencies that manage cybersecurity, including possibly unifying their cyber defense components in a single agency, the National Security Agency's top cyber defender said today. Combining aspects of NSA, the FBI and the Homeland Security Department into one cyber defense organization...

NSA Defense Chief Imagines a Cyber Response Without Borders

October 18, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. government ought to consider forging stronger ties between agencies that manage cybersecurity, including possibly unifying their cyber defense components in a single agency, the National Security Agency's top cyber defender said today. Combining aspects of NSA, the FBI and the Homeland Security Department into one cyber defense organization...

Interior Department Audit Spots Nearly 100,000 Software Vulnerabilities

October 17, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Poor management and oversight by Interior Department technologists have resulted in tens of thousands of software weaknesses going unfixed, according to an audit released today. The department’s top technology office doesn’t require agencies to follow approved practices to detect and patch software weaknesses, doesn’t bar agencies from using unapproved software...

Auditors: Transportation Dept. Needs Better Insights into FAA Cyber Incidents

October 17, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Transportation Department’s top tech office isn’t monitoring numerous Federal Aviation Administration computer systems for digital threats and can’t ensure they’re secure against hacking, according to an auditor’s report released publicly last week. FAA is doing its own monitoring of those National Airspace System computer systems but isn’t clearing its...

Audit: Secret Service Info Systems Still Weak a Year After Chaffetz Leak

October 14, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Secret Service still isn’t adequately guarding its computer systems more than a year after agency employees leaked screenshots of a congressman’s job application they should not have had access to, according to an audit released Friday. The audit by the Homeland Security Department's inspector general found incomplete and outdated...

Senator Sounds Insider Threat Alarm After NSA Contractor Arrest

October 13, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., wants to know why a security clearance system that allowed Edward Snowden and Pvt. Chelsea Manning to steal classified information wasn’t sufficiently fixed before the latest National Security Agency rogue was able to do the same, according to a letter sent today to NSA Director Adm....

It’s Lights Out on Xmas in EU Cyber War Game

October 13, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Public and private sector cyber officials from 30 European nations kicked off a massive cyber war game today that includes hacks against internet-connected infrastructure and the cyber-induced blackout of an entire nation—during Christmas, no less. The two-day war game, known as Cyber Europe 2016, will also incorporate drones, cloud computing,...

Mapping Better Decisions At EPA

May 9, 2014 The Environmental Protection Agency office charged with taking legal actions against water and air polluters used to organize its enforcement targeting meetings around spreadsheets and graphs. Those spreadsheets detailed places with large oil and gas production and other possible pollutants where EPA might want to focus its own inspection efforts...

Want To Pay Less for Drugs Under Medicare?

May 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you’ve ever tried to help an elderly relative find the most affordable Medicare plan, you know how difficult it is to estimate the cost of prescription medications under those plans. One company is trying to change that. The company, iMedicare, crunches through reams of Medicare and drug pricing data...

Mining Federal Procurement Data for Companies and for Profit

May 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Open data is often compared to a natural resource. What that typically means is that just as oil and gas form naturally as a part of earth’s geological processes, so data grows naturally from the processes of government and industry. The metaphor works another way, too, though, according to GovTribe...

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