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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, FBI Alert About North Korean Hacking Campaign

June 14, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Editor's note: This article was updated with comment from Adobe. The FBI and Homeland Security Department released technical details Wednesday about a North Korean government-linked hacking group fingered in numerous cyber operations, including the historic breach at Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2015. The North Korean group, dubbed Hidden Cobra, has...

In an Era of Russian Hacks, the US Is Still Installing Russian Software on Government Systems

June 14, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congressional concern is climbing—not for the first time—about government agencies using an anti-virus tool made by the respected but Russia-based security firm Kaspersky Lab. The dustup is a case study in why securing government systems is devilishly complicated. The fracas comes as congressional Democrats are squaring off against President Donald...

Homeland Dems Seek Answers About Trump Officials and Encrypted Apps

June 13, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Top Democrats on the Homeland Security Committee are asking inspectors general at 24 federal agencies to investigate whether Trump administration officials are skirting federal records laws by using encrypted and vanishing messaging apps. The committee’s current and former ranking members, Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Tom Carper, D-Del., also want...

Commerce Seeks Input on Fighting Botnets

June 12, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Commerce Department is asking for public input on what the government should do to combat cyberattacks launched by armies of infected computers. The request follows a May executive order that directed the Commerce and Homeland Security departments to lead “an open and transparent process” to organize tech companies and...

Lawmakers to Pentagon: Tell Us When You Use Cyber Weapons

June 8, 2017 Defense Department officials would be required to notify congressional overseers within 48 hours of launching any sensitive cyber operation under legislation introduced Thursday by top lawmakers on the House Armed Services Committee. The law would apply to both offensive and defensive cyber operations that leave DOD networks and produce effects...

Lawmakers Want Notice when Pentagon Uses Cyber Weapons

June 8, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Defense Department officials would be required to notify congressional overseers within 48 hours of launching any sensitive cyber operation under legislation introduced Thursday by top lawmakers on the House Armed Services Committee. The law would apply to both offensive and defensive cyber operations that leave DOD networks and produce effects...

Kelly Defends Cuts to Science and Tech Budget

June 7, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department plans to make up for a roughly 20 percent proposed funding cut at its Science and Technology Directorate by relying on research and development from other government labs and the private sector, Secretary John Kelly told lawmakers Wednesday. The department’s science and technology wing funds the...

DHS May Fast-Track Bug Bounties But Hit Brakes on Election Security

June 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department may not wait for a legislative push before starting a bug bounty program, Secretary John Kelly told lawmakers Tuesday. Bug bounties are cash rewards organizations offer to ethical hackers who spot exploitable flaws in their systems. They’re common at major tech companies and have been done...

Task Force Urges a Cyber Coordinator for Health Care

June 5, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Health and Human Services Department should have a single point person to coordinate cybersecurity initiatives with the health care industry, according to a recent report. That cyber coordinator should be responsible for working with industry to assess cybersecurity risks and ensuring government efforts to improve health care cybersecurity aren’t...

How Should the U.S. Build a Cyber Workforce of the Future?

June 5, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The education division of the government’s cybersecurity standards agency is days away from releasing a request for public input about how best to train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals, an official said Monday. The information request follows an executive order President Donald Trump released in May that required a...