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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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Bill to Improve Small Business Cybersecurity Advances

April 5, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Senate Commerce Committee forwarded legislation Wednesday that would expand the responsibilities of the government’s cyber standards agency to help small and medium-sized businesses protect their networks against digital attacks. The National Institute of Standards and Technology is already tasked broadly with helping small and medium businesses defend against cyberattacks....

State Officials Question Benefits of Federal Election Oversight

April 5, 2017 Federal cybersecurity leaders Tuesday faced questioning that ranged from highly skeptical to outright hostile as they defended a decision to increase federal oversight of state and local election systems. That decision, taken late in the Obama administration, to designate election systems as critical infrastructure is supposed to make it easier...

State Officials Question Benefits of Federal Election Oversight

April 4, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal cybersecurity leaders Tuesday faced questioning that ranged from highly skeptical to outright hostile as they defended a decision to increase federal oversight of state and local election systems. That decision, taken late in the Obama administration, to designate election systems as critical infrastructure is supposed to make it easier...

NSA Engaged in Massive Battle with Russian Hackers in 2014

April 3, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A pitched battle between foreign hackers who breached a U.S. national security system and the National Security Agency defenders trying to kick them out actually took place in 2014 rather than 2015, an NSA spokesperson confirmed to Nextgov Monday. The altercation, which the Washington Post reported, was prompted by Russian...

NIST Cyber Board Wants Trump Advisers to Show Up to Next Meeting

March 31, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A government cybersecurity advisory board wants to hear from the White House at its next meeting. The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board agreed at the close of three days of meetings Friday to ask the Trump administration to send a cyber representative to...

NIST Must Audit Federal Cybersecurity Because DHS Isn’t, Hill Staffer Says

March 31, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A senior House science committee staffer Friday defended controversial legislation expanding the authorities of the government’s cybersecurity standards agency, saying it’s necessary because other agencies aren’t stepping up to the job. The bill, which passed the committee nearly entirely with Republican support earlier this month, would direct the National Institute...

Trump Team Seems to Stay the Course With the Last Administration’s Cyber Efforts

March 31, 2017 The Trump administration dropped two further hints Thursday it plans to take the Obama administration’s lead in the global approach to cyberspace. First, in the morning, the White House released a pre-publication draft of an order extending the underlying basis for two Obama-era executive orders justifying targeted sanctions against foreign...

OPM Pays Too Much Protecting Breach Victims from Identity Theft, Watchdog Says

March 30, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Personnel Management is probably shelling out too much money for identity theft insurance for current and former federal employees compromised in the agency’s massive 2015 data breach, a government watchdog said Thursday. Congress required the government to offer identity theft protection to victims of that hack, which...

Trump Team Seems to Stay the Course With the Last Administration’s Cyber Efforts

March 30, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Trump administration dropped two further hints Thursday it plans to take the Obama administration’s lead in the global approach to cyberspace. First, in the morning, the White House released a pre-publication draft of an order extending the underlying basis for two Obama-era executive orders justifying targeted sanctions against foreign...

DHS Looks to Reboot Relationship with Election Officials

March 30, 2017 The Homeland Security Department plans to meet with a task force of state election officials in the next few months in an effort to iron out disagreements over DHS’ designation of election systems as critical infrastructure, a department official said Wednesday. That designation, made weeks after the 2016 presidential election...