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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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Twitter, Facebook and Google Head to the Hill

October 27, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congress pushed fiscal 2018 budget along this week while getting ready to tackle controversial surveillance reform and grill the biggest names in social media about Russian election meddling. The House passed the Senate version Thursday with a vote 216 to 212, which is good news for federal employees. Though both...

Early Kaspersky Count Shows Anti-Virus Not Pervasive In Agencies

October 27, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department has not faced a deluge of Kaspersky instances as federal agencies file their first reports about how widespread the Russian anti-virus software is within government systems, a department official said Friday. Homeland Security official Michael Duffy confirmed more than half of agencies had met an Oct....

Could FedRAMP Approvals Be Used to Buy All Government Technology?

October 26, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A coalition of moderate House Democrats wants to expand a governmentwide security certification process for cloud computing to all types of government information technology, according to a white paper released Thursday. The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP, allows companies that provide cloud computing services, such as email...

Bill Calls for Cyber Training for House Lawmakers

October 25, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House lawmakers and their staffs would have to get mandatory cybersecurity training under a bill introduced Wednesday. The bill from Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., requires the chamber’s chief administrative officer to provide new members and staffers with cybersecurity training within one month of their start dates. The bill would also...

Kaspersky Says It Intercepted NSA Hacking Tools but Didn't Hand Them Over to Russia

October 25, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Kaspersky Lab removed what looked like National Security Agency hacking tools from a personal computer in 2014, the Russian anti-virus software firm acknowledged Wednesday, as part of an effort to clear its name from allegations of collusion with the Russian government. The Kaspersky statement bolsters news reports that those tools...

Trump Administration Plans a New Cybersecurity Strategy

October 25, 2017 The Trump administration is planning to write a new cybersecurity strategy, White House Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert said Tuesday, suggesting that the slew of Obama-era cyber plans and strategies are fast outliving their usefulness. There’s no timeframe for when the strategy will launch, Bossert told reporters, but it will...

Pentagon Scrubbing Kaspersky Software from Its Networks

October 24, 2017 The Defense Department is doing a thorough review to ensure software from the embattled Russian anti-virus firm Kaspersky does not touch any military systems, a Defense spokeswoman tells Nextgov, a sister publication of Defense One. The move follows a September order from the Homeland Security Department directing all civilian government...

Trump Administration Plans a New Cybersecurity Strategy

October 24, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Trump administration is planning to write a new cybersecurity strategy, White House Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert said Tuesday, suggesting that the slew of Obama-era cyber plans and strategies are fast outliving their usefulness. There’s no timeframe for when the strategy will launch, Bossert told reporters, but it will...

Pentagon to Scrub Kaspersky From Defense Systems Following DHS Ban

October 23, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department is doing a thorough review to ensure software from the embattled Russian anti-virus firm Kaspersky does not touch any military systems, a Defense spokeswoman tells Nextgov. The move follows a September order from the Homeland Security Department directing all civilian government agencies to remove Kaspersky software from...

Congress Makes Budget Progress, Gets Snubbed by Cyber Czar and Preps for Fake News Fights

October 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congress is moving closer to approving the fiscal 2018 budget, with the Senate passing its version 51-49 Thursday night. An amendment proposed by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., would have required the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee to find almost $17 million in savings, but the measure was voted down....