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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Wyden, Coons Slam DOJ Reply on FBI Hacking Power Expansion

November 22, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Chris Coons, D-Del., slammed the Justice Department on Tuesday for ducking lawmakers’ questions about an upcoming expansion of FBI hacking powers. Wyden and Coons were among 11 senators and 12 House members who queried DOJ about the hacking powers expansion last month. The department’s reply,...

Tech, Security Sectors Fear Renewed Crypto Fights Under Trump

November 22, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As Donald Trump fills out national security and law enforcement posts in his new cabinet, the future of encryption may hang in the balance. On the campaign trail, the president-elect was a committed foe of cop-proof encryption systems that shield customer communications even from the communications provider. Most prominently, he...

Trump Pledges DOD-Led Plan to Protect Vital Infrastructure from Cyberattack

November 22, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President-elect Donald Trump will ask the Defense Department and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff “to develop a comprehensive plan to protect America’s vital infrastructure from cyberattacks and all other form of attacks,” according to a video posted Monday. Trump included the plan in a list of “executive...

Carter Announces Program for Hackers to Disclose DOD Web Vulnerabilities

November 21, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Defense Secretary Ash Carter today launched a process for ethical hackers to alert the Pentagon about any vulnerabilities they discover on Defense Department websites. The vulnerabilities disclosure program comes out the same day DOD launches its Hack the Army bug bounty program, which offers cash prizes for vulnerabilities hackers find...

National Cybersecurity Commission Report to Focus on Near-Term Fixes

November 18, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A commission tasked with advising the Obama administration on how to secure cyberspace for the next decade will focus more on immediate fixes than long-term initiatives, the group’s leader said Friday. That list includes developing security standards for internet-connected elements in cars, cameras and other internet of things devices and...

OPM Gets Poor Cyber Grade 18 Months After Breach

November 18, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Personnel Management, which suffered a devastating data breach last year, still suffers from extensive cyber weaknesses, including inadequate scanning for computer vulnerabilities and extremely high turnover among staffers responsible for information security, according to an audit released Friday. A particular concern is the “extremely high employee turnover...

Senators Introduce Bill to Delay Expansion of FBI Hacking Powers

November 17, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Five Republican and Democratic senators introduced legislation today to delay a controversial change to criminal search procedures that could allow the FBI to drastically increase its hacking operations. The legislation, proposed by Senate Judiciary Committee members Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Al Franken, D-Minn., among others, would...

Democrats Fear Further Russian Cyber Aggression After Election Hacks Curtail

November 17, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Democrats are worried about further Russian cyber belligerence as they return to Washington after an election campaign marred by Russian hacking. Russia curtailed digital probes of state election networks after the U.S. government publicly attributed the hacking to its former Cold War nemesis and after high-level contacts between the two...

Democratic Senate Shuffle Could Aid Encryption Advocates on Intel Committee

November 16, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., will be the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee in the next Congress, leadership announced Wednesday. That move will put an advocate for a measured approach to encryption in a key position if the issue heats up under the Trump administration. As a presidential candidate,...

Cyber Threats as Severe as Terrorism Threats, NIST Official Says

November 15, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government’s security adviser sounded an alarm today about the proliferation of untrustworthy and insecure technology in systems that digitally connect everything from refrigerators and cameras to dams and railways. NIST Fellow Ron Ross called the cyber threats facing government and business “as severe as threats of terrorism or the...

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