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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Government’s Auditor Passes Own IT Audit

November 2, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government auditor that has savaged the Internal Revenue Service, the Food and Drug Administration and other agencies for poor information security practices passed its own review with flying colors today. The review by the Government Accountability Office’s inspector general focused on GAO’s procedures to wipe sensitive data off defunct...

Cyber Workforce: A Compound Noun Meaning the Folks Protecting Your Networks

November 2, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Commerce Department office focused on cybersecurity education released an updated guidance document today aimed at getting government and industry speaking a common language when it comes to the cybersecurity workforce. The Cybersecurity Workforce Framework divides cybersecurity work into seven broad categories that include over 50 work roles with tasks,...

GAO Plans OPM, FedRAMP Audits in 2017

November 1, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A top question for government cyber auditors next year will be whether the Office of Personnel Management has shored up the information security weaknesses that led to a massive breach of personnel information in 2015. A report examining OPM’s efforts to mitigate, detect and combat cyber intrusions is likely to...

Task Force Urges Loosening Reins on Hacking Victims to Fight Back

October 31, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. government should clarify the ways private companies can respond to cyber breaches, including sometimes allowing them to compromise attackers’ networks, according to a report from academics and private sector officials published today. Such “active defense” measures begin with sharing information about adversaries, luring those adversaries with misinformation and...

New Rule Takes Handcuffs Off Ethical Hackers

October 28, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A new rule takes taking effect today expanding protections for white hat hackers—security researchers who disclose the software vulnerabilities they uncover to manufacturers or to the public rather than exploiting them. Advocates say the change will lead to more ethical hackers finding dangerous flaws in the software underlying cars, medical...

Obama to Successor: Put Fed IT Under One Roof, For Its Own Protection

October 28, 2016 Obama administration cyber officials plan to urge the next president’s team to drastically centralize information technology services to reduce the risk of another massive data breach, a White House official said today. Those officials are preparing an “options paper” for the next president’s transition team that envisions consolidating IT services...

Lawmakers Press Justice Department on Expanded Police Hacking Powers

October 27, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Nearly two dozen lawmakers queried the Justice Department today about a controversial expansion of police hacking powers scheduled to take effect Dec. 1. The change, an update to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, would allow a single judge to issue a warrant allowing police to hack...

White House to Push to Centralize IT to Protect Crown Jewels

October 27, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Obama administration cyber officials plan to urge the next president’s team to drastically centralize information technology services to reduce the risk of another massive data breach, a White House official said today. Those officials are preparing an “options paper” for the next president’s transition team that envisions consolidating IT services...

US CIO Makes Final Push to Shore Up Government Cyber Vulnerabilities

October 27, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agencies should ramp up their focus on modernizing outdated information technology systems that could prove vulnerable to cyber breaches, according to guidance released this morning by federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott. The plan directs agencies to identify outdated systems at high risk for being exploited by cyber adversaries and...

DHS Races to Get Obama’s Signature on Cyber Response Plan

October 26, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department wants to make sure an updated plan for how the government responds to major cyberattacks is set in stone before President Barack Obama leaves office, a DHS official said today. The alternative is leaving the country with a 6-year-old interim plan while a new presidential administration...

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