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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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Task Force Urges Loosening Reins on Hacking Victims to Fight Back

October 31, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. government should clarify the ways private companies can respond to cyber breaches, including sometimes allowing them to compromise attackers’ networks, according to a report from academics and private sector officials published today. Such “active defense” measures begin with sharing information about adversaries, luring those adversaries with misinformation and...

New Rule Takes Handcuffs Off Ethical Hackers

October 28, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A new rule takes taking effect today expanding protections for white hat hackers—security researchers who disclose the software vulnerabilities they uncover to manufacturers or to the public rather than exploiting them. Advocates say the change will lead to more ethical hackers finding dangerous flaws in the software underlying cars, medical...

Obama to Successor: Put Fed IT Under One Roof, For Its Own Protection

October 28, 2016 Obama administration cyber officials plan to urge the next president’s team to drastically centralize information technology services to reduce the risk of another massive data breach, a White House official said today. Those officials are preparing an “options paper” for the next president’s transition team that envisions consolidating IT services...

Lawmakers Press Justice Department on Expanded Police Hacking Powers

October 27, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Nearly two dozen lawmakers queried the Justice Department today about a controversial expansion of police hacking powers scheduled to take effect Dec. 1. The change, an update to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, would allow a single judge to issue a warrant allowing police to hack...

White House to Push to Centralize IT to Protect Crown Jewels

October 27, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Obama administration cyber officials plan to urge the next president’s team to drastically centralize information technology services to reduce the risk of another massive data breach, a White House official said today. Those officials are preparing an “options paper” for the next president’s transition team that envisions consolidating IT services...

US CIO Makes Final Push to Shore Up Government Cyber Vulnerabilities

October 27, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agencies should ramp up their focus on modernizing outdated information technology systems that could prove vulnerable to cyber breaches, according to guidance released this morning by federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott. The plan directs agencies to identify outdated systems at high risk for being exploited by cyber adversaries and...

DHS Races to Get Obama’s Signature on Cyber Response Plan

October 26, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department wants to make sure an updated plan for how the government responds to major cyberattacks is set in stone before President Barack Obama leaves office, a DHS official said today. The alternative is leaving the country with a 6-year-old interim plan while a new presidential administration...

It’s On: US Mulls Tricky Options for Retaliation Against Russian Hacks

October 26, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The decision by top intelligence and Homeland Security officials to attribute election-related data breaches to top Russian government officials earlier this month marked a sea change in cyber relations between the two former Cold War adversaries. Eight years after Russian hackers were first rumored to be behind an attack that...

CYBERCOM: We're Ready For War

October 26, 2016 U.S. Cyber Command’s 133 Cyber Mission Force teams reached initial operating capability last week, the command said in a statement Monday. The milestone comes six years after the new command launched and two years before it’s scheduled to reach full operating capability. It also comes as the Pentagon and intelligence...

CYBERCOM Reaches Initial Operating Capability

October 25, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. Cyber Command’s 133 Cyber Mission Force teams reached initial operating capability last week, the command said in a statement Monday. The milestone comes six years after the new command launched and two years before it’s scheduled to reach full operating capability. It also comes as the Pentagon and intelligence...

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