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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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Government Has Completed Phase Two of Kaspersky Ban

November 28, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government has completed the first two phases of a three-part plan to scrub itself of a Russian anti-virus that intelligence officials say could be a conduit for Kremlin hacking, a Homeland Security Department official told Nextgov Tuesday. That means agencies have scanned all of their networks for the...

Federal Waste Report Says Government Dropped the Ball on Using Kaspersky Software

November 27, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A multi-year delay between when U.S. intelligence agencies first became concerned about Russian government access to Kaspersky anti-virus software and when the Homeland Security Department ordered federal agencies to scrub the Russian software from their computer systems was … well … a real bonehead move, Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., said...

GAO: Federal CIO Shirking Oversight Responsibilities On Critical Projects

November 22, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government’s highest priority IT items aren’t a high enough priority for the federal chief information officer, according to a watchdog report released Tuesday. The White House Office of Management and Budget identified the government’s 10 highest priority IT projects in 2015 and 2016 reports to Congress and scheduled those...

Senate Bill Seeks $1.8 Billion for DHS’ Cyber Mission

November 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The first draft of a Senate appropriations bill, released Tuesday, commits $1.8 billion for the Homeland Security Department’s cyber operations wing, basically matching funding levels in the House version of the bill. That makes it unlikely the funding level will be controversial going forward. The bill, known as a chairman’s...

House Democrats Eye $400 Million for Election Security

November 20, 2017 A panel of House Democrats wants to commit $400 million to secure future elections from hackers. That $400 million is what’s left over in appropriated funds from the 2002 Help America Vote Act, which focused on making voting easier for people with disabilities. The money could be used to replace...

House Democrats Put $400 Million Price Tag on Election Security

November 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A panel of House Democrats wants to commit $400 million to secure future elections from hackers. That $400 million is what’s left over in appropriated funds from the 2002 Help America Vote Act, which focused on making voting easier for people with disabilities. The money could be used to replace...

Continuing Resolution on Congress' Post-Holiday To-Do List

November 17, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lawmakers head off to Thanksgiving recess having passed the defense authorization bill but face a government that runs out of money when they return. Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., Tuesday said Congress will likely extend the continuing resolution beyond Dec. 8 while lawmakers work on appropriation bills. VA Wants Fast Money...

Homeland Security Has A Plan To Fight Zombie Devices

November 17, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Homeland Security Department advisory group, on Thursday, approved a key set of recommendations for the Trump administration’s emerging battle plan to fight botnets. The government should launch more public-private partnerships to take down the armies of zombie computers that digital miscreants use to attack websites and should redouble engagement...

House Panel Investigates Retaliation Against HHS Cyber Leads

November 16, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A House committee is investigating whether the Health and Human Services Department retaliated against two of its top cybersecurity staffers for communicating with Congress, according to a letter sent this week. The two officials, who were at the forefront of standing up the department’s Healthcare Cybersecurity Communications and Integration Center,...

Bill to Restore State Department Cyber Office Advances

November 15, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House Foreign Affairs Committee forwarded legislation Wednesday that would reinstate the position of a top cyber diplomat at the State Department. The Cyber Diplomacy Act, sponsored by House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., and ranking member Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., is a rebuke to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson...