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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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New Bill Would Expand DHS Cyber Aid to State and Local Governments

March 2, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two senators introduced legislation Thursday that would increase the Homeland Security Department’s responsibility for helping state and local governments to combat and protect against cyberattacks. The bill, sponsored by Sens. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and David Perdue, R-Ga., would require DHS’ main cyber operations agency to help state and local officials...

One Russian Hacking Investigation Moves Forward, Another in Chaos

March 2, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One investigation into Russian government efforts to upend the 2016 presidential election lurched forward late Wednesday while another devolved into chaos. House Intelligence Committee leaders reached consensus on the parameters for their investigation, which will cover the election meddling itself, including breaches of Democratic campaign organizations, plus U.S. responses to...

NIST as Enforcer? House Committee Passes Bill to Expand Agency's Responsibilities

March 1, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Republicans on the House Science Committee forwarded legislation Wednesday that would vastly increase the operational responsibilities of the government’s cybersecurity standards agency and task that body with auditing other federal agencies’ cyber protections. The NIST Cybersecurity Framework, Assessment and Auditing Act passed the committee, 19-14, over the objection of most...

Executives Have More Faith in Cyber Defenses than the Cyber Staff

March 1, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government and private-sector executives are much more bullish on their companies’ cybersecurity than operators on the front lines, according to a report released today. Executives are far more likely than operators—the IT and cyber staff—to believe their companies’ cybersecurity strategies have been fully implemented, according to the report from Intel...

House Intelligence Leaders Show Shaky Marriage on Russia Hack Investigation

March 1, 2017 Leaders of the House Intelligence Committee gave dueling press conferences Monday offering differing interpretations of their investigation into possible Trump campaign ties with Russian intelligence operators. The bottom line for Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., based on preliminary conversations with intelligence leaders is that “there’s nothing there,” he told reporters during...

Russia Election Hacks Pop Back into Focus as Trump Prepares to Address the Nation

February 28, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Russian cyber meddling in the 2016 election lurched back into prominence Tuesday, just hours before President Donald Trump was scheduled to make his first address to the nation. First, Trump’s nominee to lead the intelligence community pledged in a confirmation hearing to fully cooperate with congressional investigations into Russian hacking...

White House Names Cyber Adviser to Economic Council

February 28, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A former technology counsel for the House Energy and Commerce Committee will be heading up technology and cybersecurity policy for the National Economic Council, the White House announced Monday. Grace Koh’s official title will be special assistant to the president for technology, telecom and cybersecurity policy. » Get the best...

House Intelligence Leaders Show Shaky Marriage on Russia Hack Investigation

February 27, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Leaders of the House Intelligence Committee gave dueling press conferences Monday offering differing interpretations of their investigation into possible Trump campaign ties with Russian intelligence operators. The bottom line for Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., based on preliminary conversations with intelligence leaders is that “there’s nothing there,” he told reporters during...

Here Come the Drones—And Their Security Holes

February 24, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Within the next half decade, commercial drones will likely be delivering us pizzas, burritos and probably a few nonedible items too, experts predict. But with that convenience will also come a new slate of digital dangers, from remotely disabled drones crashing through our windows to malicious payloads hacking into office...

Industry Still Waiting on Trump's Cyber Policy with Anxiety, Cautious Optimism

February 23, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Thousands of cybersecurity professionals gathered at the RSA conference in San Francisco last week amid high anxiety about cyber vulnerabilities in the nascent internet of things, massive growth in ransomware attacks and raging congressional battles over how to punish Russia for its cyber meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The...