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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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FBI Rank and File Had Confidence in Comey, Acting Director Says

May 11, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Frontline FBI agents and analysts had not lost faith in fired FBI Director James Comey’s ability to lead the agency, contrary to the assertion of White House officials, the bureau’s acting director told lawmakers Thursday. White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders justified President Donald Trump’s Tuesday firing of...

Trump Releases Long-Delayed Cyber Order

May 11, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Editor's note: This article was updated with comments from former White House official Michael Daniel. President Donald Trump signed a long-delayed cybersecurity executive order today that mandates federal agencies follow cybersecurity best practices and that top agency leaders be held accountable for breaches. The order is broadly similar to a...

Security Clearance Bureau Making Progress But No Timeline to End Backlog

May 10, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Background Investigations Bureau has made significant progress hiring investigators and developing new tools but does not have a deadline yet for when it will clear out a substantial backlog in clearance seekers, an official said Wednesday. Those wait times typically extend more than 200 days for an initial...

CYBERCOM Chief Defends Delay in Trump's Cyber Strategy

May 10, 2017 The Trump administration is hard at work on a governmentwide strategy to deter adversary cyberattacks despite missing a self-imposed deadline to draft that policy, National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers told lawmakers Tuesday. President Donald Trump promised soon before his inauguration in January he’d release a plan to vastly improve...

CYBERCOM Chief Defends Delay in Trump's Cyber Strategy

May 9, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Trump administration is hard at work on a governmentwide strategy to deter adversary cyberattacks despite missing a self-imposed deadline to draft that policy, National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers told lawmakers Tuesday. President Donald Trump promised soon before his inauguration in January he’d release a plan to vastly improve...

What Federal Cyber Workers Think Would Improve Hiring

May 9, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Half of federal government cybersecurity workers polled recently think their agency’s digital security has improved during the past year and only 4 percent think their agency’s security is worse than last year, according to a workforce survey released Tuesday. Nearly 70 percent of the 2,620 civilian and military respondents said...

Bill to Aid Small Business Cyber Gets $6M Price Tag

May 8, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Senate bill that expands the cybersecurity guidance government provides to small businesses would cost $6 million to implement over four years, the Congressional Budget Office said Monday. That figure includes $2 million for the National Institute of Standards and Technology to consult with other federal agencies to develop guidance...

New Dems Urge OPM to Hire More Cyber Pros Without 4-Year Degrees

May 5, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A trio of moderate congressional Democrats pushed the Office of Personnel Management this week to update its hiring practices to open up more federal jobs to cybersecurity workers without 4-year degrees. There’s no official requirement cybersecurity-focused federal employees have bachelor’s degrees, but in practice, most do because of requirements in...

DHS: Time to Beef Up Mobile Security

May 4, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government should take a more active role in organizations that develop technology standards for mobile devices and networks, according to a Homeland Security Department study submitted Thursday to Congress. DHS should also expand the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation cybersecurity service it provides to federal agencies to better address...

How a Fake Cyber Statistic Raced Through Washington

May 3, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Editor's note: This article was updated with comments from Sen. Brian Schatz's office and NIST. It’s the kind of figure that can make your jaw drop, the kind that forces lawmakers and public officials to get off their duffs and do something, that drives home the way cyber insecurity is...