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Joseph Marks

Senior Correspondent Joseph Marks covers cybersecurity for Nextgov. He previously covered cybersecurity for Politico, intellectual property for Bloomberg BNA and federal litigation for Law360. He covered government technology for Nextgov during an earlier stint at the publication and began his career at Midwestern newspapers covering everything under the sun. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and a master’s in international affairs from Georgetown University.
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These Senators Want You to Hack DHS

May 26, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ethical hackers may soon be able to probe for digital weaknesses at the government’s top civilian cybersecurity agency. Sens. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, introduced a bill Friday that would launch a pilot program offering cash rewards to hackers who discover vulnerabilities in Homeland Security Department websites and...

U.S. Embassies Lag on Digital Security

May 26, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Information security staff in U.S. embassies and consulates are falling down on the job, according to an inspector general’s audit out this week. State’s internal auditors reviewed information security at 51 overseas posts between fiscal years 2014 and 2016 and found one-third of them, 17 posts, weren’t performing basic tasks...

DHS Secretary Promises Report on Russian Antivirus Use at Agency

May 25, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., wants a report from the Homeland Security Department about all instances of Russian-founded Kaspersky Lab's antivirus software on computer systems used by DHS or its contractors, he told Secretary John Kelly on Thursday. Kelly believes Kaspersky antivirus does run on some DHS systems, he said, but...

Impersonated Net Neutrality Commenters Want FCC Investigation

May 25, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow People who say their personal information was used to spam a Federal Communications Commission comments site are asking the commission to remove those comments and investigate how they got there. The comments site in question has become a battleground for supporters and opponents of Trump administration efforts to roll back...

Safe From WannaCry? Thank the Government.

May 24, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government played an active role in keeping the U.S. largely safe from the WannaCry ransomware attack that targeted hundreds of thousands of computers across the globe, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Wednesday. In a hearing before a House Appropriations Committee panel, Kelly described a rapid-fire Situation Room meeting...

Here’s How the Trump Budget Treats Cyber Defense

May 24, 2017 President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposal boosts cyber defense funding at the Homeland Security Department and commits new money to help law enforcement fight cyber criminals and ferret out the communications of terrorists and criminals using cop-proof encryption. The budget also touts that, for the first time, it aligns federal...

CYBERCOM Budget Request Focused on Elevation to Full Command

May 23, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the percentage increase in CYBERCOM’s budget and priorities for that increase. U.S. Cyber Command is requesting $647 million in President Donald Trump’s budget, roughly a 16 percent jump from the prior year, CYBERCOM Chief Adm. Michael Rogers told lawmakers Tuesday. That funding...

Here’s How the Trump Budget Treats Cyber

May 23, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposal boosts cyber defense funding at the Homeland Security Department and commits new money to help law enforcement fight cyber criminals and ferret out the communications of terrorists and criminals using cop-proof encryption. The budget also touts that, for the first time, it aligns federal...

Senator Presses FTC on Hackable Toys

May 22, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., Monday pressed the Federal Trade Commission on what the agency is doing to keep hackable children’s toys out of the marketplace. The letter follows a report from security researcher Troy Hunt about CloudPets, an internet-connected teddy bear that allows parents to send recorded messages to their...

Government Needs Strategic Vision for Emerging Tech, Advisory Group Says

May 19, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Trump administration should develop a strategic plan to optimize how the federal government will take advantage of advances in networking speed and efficiency similar to the way the Obama administration planned for the transition to cloud computing, an advisory group said Thursday. That plan should include specific recommendations to...

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