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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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Once Stealthy, Russian Hackers Now Go Toe to Toe with US Defenders

March 22, 2017 In late 2015, an adversary nation-state’s hackers cracked into one of the U.S. government’s unclassified national security systems and set about extracting information. That’s nothing out of the ordinary. When the U.S. government network defenders discovered the hackers, however, instead of taking flight as they normally do, the attackers stuck...

Once Stealthy, Russian Hackers Now Go Toe to Toe with U.S. Defenders

March 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Editor's note: This article was updated April 3 to clarify when the NSA engaged in the defense of the unclassified network. Click here for more details. In 2014, an adversary nation-state’s hackers cracked into one of the U.S. government’s unclassified national security systems and set about extracting information. That’s nothing...

Expect New DHS Cyber Strategy Soon, Acting Lead Says

March 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department hopes to produce a new strategy to protect and defend federal networks within the next couple months and to implement it within two years, the department’s acting cyber lead said Monday. “I think we can do it and I think we have a lot of support...

Comey Confirms FBI Investigation into Trump Russia Ties, Denies Wiretapping

March 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow FBI Director James Comey confirmed Monday the bureau is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, but would not name targets of that investigation. Comey has provided more specific information about the investigation to congressional leaders, including to the Republican and Democratic leaders of the House...

Delays and Bugs in Immigrant Vetting System Trouble Lawmakers

March 16, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Shutdowns, delays and budget overruns in the information technology system the government’s immigration service uses could allow terrorists or criminals to mistakenly receive citizenship or green cards, lawmakers fretted Thursday. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ tech troubles date back to 2006 when the agency began a massive program...

What Trump's Skinny Budget Says About Cybersecurity

March 16, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget blueprint, released Thursday, touts major investments in cybersecurity, including a $61 million hike to help the FBI and the Justice Department combat criminals and terrorists’ use of encrypted communication tools. The document is light on specifics, however, and does not include a top line figure...

Trump Advisor Promises A Plan to Improve Federal Network Security

March 16, 2017 President Donald Trump’s budget, due out Thursday, will include early indications of a broad plan to upgrade the security of federal networks, Trump’s top homeland security adviser said Wednesday. Don’t expect a multibillion-dollar investment that will modernize government cybersecurity in one fell swoop, though, Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert said...

No Evidence of Trump Wiretap, House Intel Leaders Say

March 15, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There’s no evidence U.S. intelligence agencies wiretapped Donald Trump’s campaign as the president claimed on Twitter this month, leaders of the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday. The panel’s Democratic leader, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., urged the president to retract or explain his statement in the wake of that conclusion while...

Expect a Cyber Budget Boost But Stay Tuned for that Executive Order, Homeland Adviser Says

March 15, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Donald Trump’s budget, due out Thursday, will include early indications of a broad plan to upgrade the security of federal networks, Trump’s top homeland security adviser said Wednesday. Don’t expect a multibillion-dollar investment that will modernize government cybersecurity in one fell swoop, though, Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert said...

White House’s Annual Cyber Report Counts 30,000 Incidents but Only 16 are 'Major'

March 14, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies have made solid progress securing their sensitive data against malicious hackers and employee lapses, but there’s still a long road ahead, according to a recently released White House report. More than 30,000 data security incidents compromised federal information systems during the 2016 fiscal year, 16 of which were...