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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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GAO: Medicare Agency Isn’t Doing Enough to Ensure Beneficiary Data Is Secure

April 5, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Health and Human Services division that manages Medicare and Medicaid data hasn’t established special security rules for health care researchers that access beneficiaries’ data, an auditor said Thursday. Those researchers must follow broad rules that apply to all government data but, unlike Medicare contractors, they aren’t required to follow...

Here’s What Government Gets Wrong About Bug Bounties

April 4, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Bug bounties are hot in government right now, but the craze may be outpacing the contests’ actual usefulness, bug bounty practitioners tell Nextgov. The Defense Department has launched four of the ethical hacking contests, which were first popularized at major tech firms and offer cash rewards in exchange for spotting...

White House Lags Far Behind on Email Security Benchmark

April 4, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow More than 95 percent of White House email domains lack a security feature that prevents them from being used in massive phishing attacks, according to a Wednesday report from a cybersecurity industry group. The Homeland Security Department mandated those email protections across government in October with a January deadline, but...

$380 Million in Election Security Money Coming Soon to States

March 30, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Election Assistance Commission is scurrying to get a massive infusion of election security money appropriated last week out to states in time for the 2018 midterm elections. The last-minute omnibus spending bill, which President Trump signed March 23, included $380 million to shore up security vulnerabilities in state and...

Inspector General Confirms Investigation into HHS Cyber Center

March 29, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Health and Human Services Department’s inspector general has indeed launched an investigation into the department’s fledgling cyber operations center, a spokeswoman confirmed to Nextgov Wednesday. The office declined to provide any other details about the investigation into the Healthcare Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, or HCCIC, except to say...

The FBI Didn’t Explore All Options Before Trying to Force Apple to Break Into an Encrypted iPhone

March 28, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow FBI officials didn’t investigate all their options and didn’t communicate effectively about possible alternatives before deciding Apple should help them crack into an encrypted iPhone used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook in 2015, according to a Tuesday inspector general’s report. The FBI did not intentionally mislead either Congress or...

U.S. Seeks to Dismiss Kaspersky Suit Against Legislative Ban

March 27, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Justice Department fired back at the anti-virus company Kaspersky Lab Monday, saying Congress wasn’t illegally meting out punishment when it barred the Russian firm from government contracts, but was making a perfectly legal move to protect national security. Kaspersky claims that Congress violated the constitution by singling out a...

FCC Aims to Ban Some Companies from U.S. Supply Chains, Citing National Security

March 26, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Communications Commission may deny federal money to telecoms and wireless internet providers that use Chinese products that lawmakers fear might make it easier to spy on or steal data from Americans. The proposed rule would deny money from FCC’s Universal Service Fund “to purchase equipment or services from...

Spending Bill Boosts Election Security, Clarifies Overseas Data Warrants

March 25, 2018 Election security got a $380 million infusion in the massive, governmentwide spending bill released late Wednesday and passed by the House Thursday afternoon, providing a long-awaited boost to state election officials’ coffers just eight months before the 2018 midterms. The money, which includes at least $3 million per state for...

The Big Message in the Iranian Cyber Indictments: Deterrence

March 23, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Indictments and sanctions the Justice and Treasury departments handed down against an Iranian business and a handful of hackers Friday were about more than just meting out punishment, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein stressed repeatedly. Rosenstein’s big message: These sanctions and indictments will deter future cyber theft by Iran and...