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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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Here's How New Yorkers Think Cybersecurity Should be Handled

September 28, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. efforts to improve cybersecurity across technology development, business operations and government policy should be defined by one word, according to a new report. That word? Leverage. Leaders in every realm of cyber defense should be asking themselves whether a new product, policy or procedure gives defenders more leverage against...

DHS Chief: We'll Do Better Next Time on Election Meddling

September 27, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department didn’t go high enough up the chain when it notified state officials about Russian attempts to penetrate election systems during the 2016 campaign, the Homeland Security Department’s top official told lawmakers Wednesday. “We notified the states back when the intrusion occurred,” acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine...

SEC Chair Pledges Data Breach Investigation, Cyber Hiring Surge

September 26, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Securities and Exchange Commission has launched a two-part investigation into a 2016 data breach of its online filing system that was first disclosed last week, the commission’s Chairman Jay Clayton told lawmakers Tuesday. The first part of the review is focused on the breach itself, how far it spread...

Deloitte Says No Government Information Compromised in Breach

September 26, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow No federal government information was compromised by a data breach that the consulting and accountancy firm Deloitte confirmed Monday, a spokeswoman told Nextgov. The breach also did not impact any state or local government information. “We can confirm that no government clients were impacted,” Spokeswoman Megan Doern told Nextgov. Deloitte...

State Plans to Elevate Cyber Mission, Despite Shuttering Dedicated Office

September 26, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s decision to oust the State Department’s cyber coordinator and a plan to downgrade and absorb the coordinator’s office into the agency’s economic section are just the first moves in a process that will end with cyber diplomacy gaining rather than losing prominence, a top State...

Updated: Government Agencies Not Compromised in Deloitte Breach

September 25, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Editor's Note: This headline and story have been updated to include new information from Deloitte clarifying the nature of the data breach. For an updated report on the breach, click here. A data breach of an email system at the consultancy and accounting firm Deloitte did not include government data,...

Judge Tosses OPM Breach Lawsuits, Plaintiffs Appeal

September 20, 2017 A federal judge tossed out a lawsuit Tuesday from a group of federal employees who say gross negligence by the Office of Personnel Management contributed to the office’s 2015 data breach that exposed sensitive security clearance information about more than 20 million people. The lawsuit filed by the National Treasury...

Judge Tosses OPM Breach Lawsuits, Plaintiffs Appeal

September 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A federal judge tossed out a lawsuit Tuesday from a group of federal employees who say gross negligence by the Office of Personnel Management contributed to the office’s 2015 data breach that exposed sensitive security clearance information about more than 20 million people. The lawsuit filed by the National Treasury...

Symantec CEO: Get Commercial Software Off National Security Systems

September 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The biggest security vulnerability in U.S. national security computer systems may be the commercial software they’re built on, Symantec’s CEO Greg Clark said Wednesday. The inner workings of Tomahawk missiles aren’t publicly available and the computer systems that store sensitive national security data shouldn’t be either, the leader of the...

Equifax Breach Prompts Renewed Calls for National Breach Notification Standard

September 18, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cyber-focused lawmakers are taking advantage of the public outcry over the massive Equifax breach to renew calls for a nationwide standard for when companies must disclose a data breach. Cybersecurity Caucus Co-founder Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., reintroduced the Personal Data Notification and Protection Act with co-sponsor Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif.,...