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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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Pentagon Now Offering Top Officials Classified Tablets

August 1, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Top Pentagon officials can now access classified documents and correspondence on tablet computers under a pilot program, the Defense Department said Tuesday. The pilot program, which includes 24 top officials so far, expands on an earlier DOD program that allowed top officials to receive and access classified documents and communications...

House Panel Wants Inventory of Agencies' Kaspersky Use

July 31, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House Science, Space and Technology Committee is asking federal agencies across most of the government to turn over information about computer systems that use a controversial Russian anti-virus software. The letter from Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, asks federal department and agency leaders for lists of computers or systems that...

U.S. Embassies are Vulnerable to Digital Snooping, Watchdogs Find

July 28, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. embassies abroad are vulnerable to hacking by cyber adversaries interested in snooping on U.S. foreign policymaking, according to two watchdog reports out late this week. A Thursday report from the Government Accountability Office found that about one-quarter of State Department telecommunications device and software suppliers have supply chains that...

Senators OK Funding to Improve Their Own Cybersecurity

July 27, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Senate appropriators forwarded legislation to boost the upper chamber’s own funding to combat data breaches and cyber strikes. The $28.6 million funding bump will be focused partly on raising cyber protections throughout the chamber and on training senators and their staffs in basic cyber hygiene practices, according to an outline....

OPM Confirms Digital Personnel Files Offline Until End of Month

July 27, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Personnel Management has pulled employee personnel folders offline while the agency conducts a two-week “computing center upgrade,” a spokeswoman told Nextgov Monday. The outage started July 14 and the files are scheduled to be back online by the end of the month, the spokeswoman said. OPM did...

New Bill Would Help Feds Victimized by Data Breaches

July 27, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Legislation introduced by three D.C.-area lawmakers Wednesday would create an interagency working group to assist federal employees who are victims of data breaches or other cyber mischief. That working group would be led by an “interagency cyber victim response coordinator” who would also report annually to Congress on the office’s...

House Panel Passes Bills to Reorganize DHS Cyber Team and Collect Zero-Day Info

July 26, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House Homeland Security Committee forwarded legislation Wednesday to reorganize and clarify the Homeland Security Department’s cybersecurity operations. The committee also forwarded a bill requiring a DHS report on when and how the government discloses newfound hackable computer vulnerabilities. Similar legislation to the DHS reorganization was scuttled last year by...

IT Modernization Gets Nod, But No Money, In House Funding Bills

July 25, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government funding bills that are heading to the House floor this week don’t include money for a House-passed bill to upgrade government technology systems but “recognizes the importance” of those legislative efforts. It would be unusual for a House appropriations bill to include funding for a project that has not...

DHS to Pitch in on Cybersecurity for Olympic Games

July 24, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department will pitch in to ensure the cybersecurity of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, according to a joint statement from the U.S. and Japanese governments released Monday. The statement also announced a new joint training effort related to digital protections on industrial control systems that operate...

DHS Cyber Reorg, NIST Funding and Ethical Hacking Make Congress' Calendar

July 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cyber and technology Hill watchers will have a belt buckle-busting meal laid out for them this week. Appetizer: On Tuesday, a Senate Appropriations subcommittee will mark up a funding bill that covers key cyber components at the Commerce and Justice departments. That same funding bill will go before the full...