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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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A Law is Expiring That Allows Ethical Hackers to Help Protect U.S. Elections

October 11, 2017 A division of the Library of Congress could play a key role in ensuring future U.S. elections are protected against cyberattacks that alter vote tallies or other digital meddling, the authors of a major report on election hacking said Tuesday. That division, the U.S. Copyright Office, approved a slate of...

Trump to Pick Kelly Deputy for Top Homeland Security Post

October 11, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Donald Trump announced plans to nominate former Homeland Security Department chief of staff Kirstjen Nielsen to the department’s top spot Wednesday. Nielsen moved to the White House with her boss, former Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, when he became Trump’s chief of staff in July. She served most recently...

NIST’s Physical Security Falls Short, Undercover Audit Finds

October 11, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Undercover federal auditors were able to gain unauthorized access to secured areas in both the Maryland and Colorado campuses of the government’s science and technology standards agency, according to a report released Wednesday. The report doesn’t describe which areas of the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology campuses...

A Law is Expiring That Allows Ethical Hackers to Help Protect U.S. Elections

October 10, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A division of the Library of Congress could play a key role in ensuring future U.S. elections are protected against cyberattacks that alter vote tallies or other digital meddling, the authors of a major report on election hacking said Tuesday. That division, the U.S. Copyright Office, approved a slate of...

House Bill Starts Internet Surveillance Debate, Round 2

October 5, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House lawmakers took a first stab, Thursday, at updating the most controversial U.S. government spying program that’s gone un-renewed since leaker Edward Snowden’s bombshell revelations about the scope of U.S. digital snooping in 2013. The plan from bipartisan leaders of the House Judiciary Committee to update Section 702 of the...

House Cyber Leader Wants to Give Equifax the Kaspersky Treatment

October 5, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A congressional cyber leader wants the Homeland Security Department to use the same authority it used to ban Kaspersky software from government systems to cancel a $7 million IRS contract with the breached credit rating agency Equifax. Equifax, which recently disclosed a data breach that compromised information about more than...

DHS Forms Election Security Task Force

October 4, 2017 The Homeland Security Department formed an election security task force last week to help shore up state and local voting infrastructure, a top official told lawmakers Tuesday. That task force will draw resources and expertise from across the department, including Homeland Security’s intelligence and analysis division, acting undersecretary for the...

Senate Intel Leaders Slam DHS Communication with State Election Officials

October 4, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Senate Intelligence Committee leaders slammed the Homeland Security Department Wednesday for its long delay sharing information about Russian efforts to penetrate state election systems with those states’ top election officials. Homeland Security formally notified 21 states last month that it believed their systems had been probed by Russian government-linked hackers...

DHS Forms Election Security Task Force

October 3, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department formed an election security task force last week to help shore up state and local voting infrastructure, a top official told lawmakers Tuesday. That task force will draw resources and expertise from across the department, including Homeland Security’s intelligence and analysis division, acting undersecretary for the...

State Election Officials Still Angry But Ready to Work With DHS

October 3, 2017 When Connie Lawson became president of the association of top state election officials in July, she inherited a boiling conflict between states and the federal government stemming from Russia’s digital efforts to undermine the 2016 election. In the wake of that election, the Homeland Security Department extended critical infrastructure protections...