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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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Election Cyber Coordinating Council to be Finalized Next Year

December 15, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow State election officials and the Homeland Security Department plan to finalize a sector coordinating council for elections next year, the organizations said Thursday. State and federal officials met with election industry representatives to launch the council in Arlington, Va., this week. It will join similar coordinating councils for other critical...

White House: Government Needs More Bug Bounty Programs

December 14, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Here’s one major lesson from the final draft of a White House IT modernization report released Wednesday: Cybersecurity needs to move closer to the federal employees who might click on malicious links, visit suspect websites or generally endanger government operations and citizens’ personal information. Federal technologists have long warned the...

The Security Clearance Backlog Has Tripled in the Last 3 Years, And It's Only Getting Worse

December 14, 2017 The problem of long delays for government security clearances is getting worse rather than better, despite some concerted government efforts, according to a watchdog report out Tuesday. When it came to granting top secret clearances, only 10 percent of agencies met the objectives in fiscal 2016 compared with 26 percent...

Yes, The Security Clearance Backlog is Getting Worse

December 13, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The problem of long delays for government security clearances is getting worse rather than better, despite some concerted government efforts, according to a watchdog report out Tuesday. When it came to granting top secret clearances, only 10 percent of agencies met the objectives in fiscal 2016 compared with 26 percent...

Only One-Third of Agencies Are Using Anti-Spoofing Email Tool

December 12, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Just one-third of federal agencies have adopted a major anti-spoofing tool one month before a Homeland Security Department deadline, according to an industry analysis. Only about 10 percent of agencies have properly configured that system, known as DMARC, and structured it so malicious emails that spoof the agency’s email addresses...

The Contractor that Hired Russian Coders for a Pentagon Project Has Struck a Deal with Prosecutors

December 12, 2017 Russian developers did some of the coding work for a Defense Department software system and stored that code inside a server in Moscow, according to a non-prosecution agreement released Monday. Those Russian coders only worked on unclassified portions of the Defense Information Systems Agency project, but, in some cases, knew...

Company That Used Russian Coders for Pentagon Project Strikes Deal

December 11, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Russian developers did some of the coding work for a Defense Department software system and stored that code inside a server in Moscow, according to a non-prosecution agreement released Monday. Those Russian coders only worked on unclassified portions of the Defense Information Systems Agency project, but, in some cases, knew...

Bill to Elevate and Rename DHS Cyber Division Passes House

December 11, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A bill that would reorganize and rename the Homeland Security Department’s cybersecurity and infrastructure protection division passed the House on a voice vote Monday. The bill, sponsored by Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, would rename the division, which is now called the National Protection and Programs Directorate, to...

Congress Resets Shutdown Clock

December 8, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Donald Trump on Friday signed the continuing resolution to keep the government funded for another two weeks. The continuing resolution keeps federal spending at current levels through Dec. 22 and provides a temporary authorization for the Children’s Health Insurance Program through the end of the year. Whether lawmakers can...

LA Cyber Center Hopes to Be a Model for Cities Nationwide

December 8, 2017 LOS ANGELES — Four years ago, cybersecurity operations for the city of Los Angeles were divided between four centers that didn’t regularly share information with each other. When they did communicate, it was a managed through phone calls and emailed spreadsheets. Cybersecurity awareness among the city’s 48,000 employees was mixed....