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Joseph Marks

Staff Correspondent Joseph Marks covers government technology issues, social media, Gov 2.0 and global Internet freedom for Nextgov. He previously reported on federal litigation and legal policy for Law360 and on local, state and regional issues for two Midwestern newspapers. He also interned for Congressional Quarterly’s Homeland Security section and the Associated Press’s Jerusalem Bureau. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s in international affairs from Georgetown.
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Amazon cloud crash endangers federal websites

April 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Parts of Amazon's cloud computing service crashed Wednesday night, bringing down or disrupting several popular websites and endangering some federal sites that purchase space in the cloud. By Thursday afternoon, the only federal site affected by the crash was an Energy Department website devoted to sharing clean energy practices with ...

Terrorist Threat Alerts Go Social

April 20, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The next time you hear about a heightened threat of terrorists hijacking passenger trains or hiding bombs in cargo containers, it's as likely to come from a Facebook post or a friend's re-tweet as from an official government announcement or an old-fashioned email. The Homeland Security Department retired its vague ...

New terror alert system aims for wide exposure via Web

April 20, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department's new terrorist threat alert system, scheduled to come online April 26, is aimed at simplifying the concept as well as expanding the places where people can find the alerts, including social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Soon after the new alert system was announced ...

From Nextgov.com: New terror alert system aims for wide exposure via Web

April 20, 2011 The Homeland Security Department's new terrorist threat alert system, scheduled to come online April 26, is aimed at simplifying the concept as well as expanding the places where people can find the alerts, including social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Read the whole story on Nextgov.com.

Kundra Backs Up Obama on 'Broken' IT

April 19, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal CIO Vivek Kundra is interpreting some unscripted comments from his boss knocking government IT as a challenge rather than an indictment. "The President is absolutely right," Kundra said in a statement. "When we came into office, Federal IT was undeniably broken. These problems weren't created overnight and they won't ...

Auditor finds security gaps in nuclear lab's information systems

April 19, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Lawrence Livermore National Nuclear Laboratory isn't adequately protecting some vital national security data and federal managers are improperly allowing contractors to make some decisions about sensitive information, according to an auditor's report released Tuesday. In some cases, contractors have made "security-significant" changes to the computer systems that store information ...

Committee recommends federal contractor ethics code

April 19, 2011 The regulations governing federal contracts should include clear, model language prohibiting contract employees from disclosing certain sensitive information and barring them from using their positions to get a leg up on competitors, a panel of government officials and private sector advisers recommended on Monday. Government contractors already are included under ...

Industry Wants More Federal Help on Cyber Threats

April 15, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Increased cybersecurity cooperation between government and the private sector hasn't gone far enough, representatives from the financial and telecom industries told a House panel Friday. The Department of Homeland Security and other agencies have ramped up the amount of information they share about viruses and other cyber threats with the ...

Industry urges better cooperation from government on cyber threats

April 15, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government should have a standard protocol for when to alert the private sector to cybersecurity threats and a standard process for sharing that information without revealing classified secrets, the leader of a financial services industry group told a House panel Friday. While the infrastructure is in place for the ...

TSA Goes AWOL on Pilot IDs

April 14, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House Transportation Committee Chairman John Mica slammed Transportation Security Administration officials Thursday for failing to show up at a hearing on a long-delayed plan to create a universal pilot's license with embedded biometric data. Mica said TSA officials also had refused to meet with committee members in a closed door ...