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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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DHS Advisory Group Approves Data Breach Notification Best Practices

February 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Homeland Security Department advisory committee approved a set of best practices Tuesday for DHS agencies notifying employees, citizens or others about a data breach that’s compromised their personal information. An earlier draft of the best practices document essentially urges agencies to seek a balance in their notification procedures: Move...

Auditor Thrashes 18F for IT Security Vulnerabilities, 18F Staffers Shoot Back

February 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An Obama initiative to create a tech startup inside government routinely violated security procedures, skirted requirements, played fast and loose with personal information and communicated using personal emails, according to a savage watchdog report released Tuesday. Program officials, however, say the inspector general is confusing “box checking” with security. The...

N.Y.C. District Attorney to Trump: Have Our Backs Against Cop-Proof Encryption

February 21, 2017 New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance has a message for the Trump administration as it puts its cybersecurity priorities in order: Listen to state and local officials on the front line. Vance advocated extensively last year for Congress to create legislation to halt the advance of cop-proof encryption systems such...

DHS Showcases Bluetooth Tech at RSA

February 17, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department’s cyber research division has two goals when it attends the RSA cybersecurity conference in San Francisco: Show off government-funded products industry might want and find out what industry is doing so DHS doesn’t invest in the wrong things. “We try to do things that are not...

What Former NSA Chief Keith Alexander Thinks of Trump's Cyber Stance

February 17, 2017 Former National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander wants government to take a more active role defending private-sector networks from cyberattacks and he thinks President Donald Trump can help make that goal a reality. Alexander was one of several cybersecurity experts who met with Trump and former New York City...

New York DA to Trump: Have Our Backs Against Cop-proof Encryption

February 17, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance has a message for the Trump administration as it puts its cybersecurity priorities in order: Listen to state and local officials on the front line. Vance advocated extensively last year for Congress to create legislation to halt the advance of cop-proof encryption systems such...

Why NIST's Framework Avoids a One-Sized-Fits-All Approach to Cybersecurity

February 16, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The NIST Cybersecurity Framework, a sort of guidebook for good cybersecurity, has been adopted by about 30 percent of U.S. companies since its release three years ago and that number could reach 50 percent by 2020. Companies’ understanding of the document doesn’t always stretch far beyond its basic principles, however,...

What Former NSA Chief Keith Alexander Thinks of Trump's Cyber Stance

February 16, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Former National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander wants government to take a more active role defending private-sector networks from cyberattacks and he thinks President Donald Trump can help make that goal a reality. Alexander was one of several cybersecurity experts who met with Trump and former New York City...

Lawmakers’ Personal Devices Need Better Security, House Member Says

February 13, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House members’ use of personal phones and home Wi-Fi networks for official business leaves congressional information far too vulnerable to hackers, one lawmaker says. That’s why the House Administration Committee should develop a plan to secure these personal devices and networks and give all members a classified briefing on information...

Water Treatment Plant Hack Kicks Off RSA Conference

February 13, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This year’s RSA cybersecurity conference in San Francisco kicked off Monday with a simulated ransomware attack on a water treatment plant and a new study showing nearly half of Americans think the U.S. is more vulnerable to cyberattacks under President Donald Trump. The ransomware attack was launched by researchers at...