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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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New International Cyber Rules Likely Off the Table for UN Experts Group

February 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A United Nations cybersecurity experts group meeting this month in Geneva should focus on encouraging UN member states to adopt existing cyber rules of the road and confidence-building measures rather than developing new ones, the U.S. delegate said Monday. That’s a significant shift from a 2015 series of Group of...

Security, Background Checks, Tech Refreshes Top House Oversight's To-Do List

February 3, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal cybersecurity ranked high in the House oversight committee’s agenda for the coming Congress approved Thursday, including pressing agencies to segment off sensitive data, updating the role of agency chief information officers and assessing the digital security of the government’s new background check agency. The Obama administration stood up the...

Senate Judiciary Panel Puts Stake in Russia Hacking Investigation

February 2, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Senate Judiciary Committee panel on crime and terrorism will investigate the Russian influence operation to undermine the 2016 election as well as similar operations in European nations, the subcommittee’s leaders announced Thursday. The subcommittee will join other Senate committees looking at Russian hacking, most importantly, the Intelligence and Armed...

OPM Cybersecurity Hearing Devolves into Russia Hacking Squabble

February 2, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A House oversight committee hearing focused on shoring up the cybersecurity of federal employee information devolved Thursday for more than 10 minutes into a partisan battle over Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and ranking member Elijah Cummings, D-Md., frequently spoke over each other during the...

GAO Sees Room for Improvement in DHS’ Cyber Ops Center

February 1, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department's cyber operational center received middling marks in a watchdog report released Wednesday. The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center has made progress on its statutory missions, including being the main cybersecurity information sharing liaison between the government and the private sector, according to the report from...

Undermining Encryption Not an Option, House Judiciary Chair Pledges

February 1, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House Judiciary Committee wants to help police track terrorists and criminals who hide using encrypted communication tools this Congress, but undermining encryption is a nonstarter, Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said Wednesday. A bipartisan joint report from the Judiciary and Energy and Commerce committees in December urged against any legislative...

NIST Seeks Input on Trusted Identities Guidance

January 31, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government’s research agency for digital security is releasing the latest draft of its digital authentication guidelines for public comment. The draft guidance from the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology essentially focuses on best practices for ensuring people and machines are who they say they are online....

Draft Trump Order Would Launch 4 Major Cyber Reviews

January 27, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An executive order seemingly prepped for President Donald Trump’s signature would order four major reviews of the nation’s cyber vulnerabilities and capabilities but would not make any immediate changes to U.S. cyber posture. In addition to a review of public and private-sector cyber vulnerabilities Trump has been promoting since soon...

Cyber Commission Remains Bullish Trump Team Will Take Some Recommendations

January 27, 2017 As the first inklings of President Donald Trump’s cyber policy emerge, experts remain hopeful team Trump’s policy will draw from the Obama administration’s heavy lifting. In particular, there’s significant optimism that dozens of recommendations from a major cyber review Barack Obama ordered in the wake of the Office of Personnel...

Cyber Commission Remains Bullish Trump Team Will Take Some Recommendations

January 26, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the first inklings of President Donald Trump’s cyber policy emerge, experts remain hopeful team Trump’s policy will draw from the Obama administration’s heavy lifting. In particular, there’s significant optimism that dozens of recommendations from a major cyber review Barack Obama ordered in the wake of the Office of Personnel...

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