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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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The Knowns and Unknowns of Trump’s Cyber Plan

January 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Donald Trump will be sworn in as the nation’s 45th president today with cybersecurity looming larger than it has for any of his predecessors—and with many unknowns about how he’ll tackle the issue. Here’s a rundown of what we know and what we don’t. ‘Review on Hacking’ Trump has promised...

Transparency Group Sues for FBI Records on Russian Hacking

January 19, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A government transparency group is suing the FBI to release records about its investigations into Russian cyber meddling in the 2016 election. The Electronic Privacy Information Center’s lawsuit seeks internal memos, emails and other documents about FBI investigations into Russian-sponsored cyber breaches at the Democratic National Committee, the Republican National...

Commerce Nominee Endorses Cyber Push, Modernizing Government Tech

January 18, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Commerce Department pledged to continue the department’s work in support of cybersecurity and modernizing department technology. Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross stopped short of endorsing specific legislation related to improving government technology, regulating cybersecurity or helping the government respond to security dangers posed by...

Rounds to Lead Senate Armed Services Cyber Panel

January 18, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., will take the helm of a new cybersecurity panel on the Senate Armed Services Committee, the committee’s leadership announced Wednesday. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., will be the subcommittee’s ranking member. Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., created the new committee partly to shore up the Armed Services Committee’s...

DOD Cyber Policy Chief: We’ve Deterred Destructive Cyberattacks

January 18, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When President Barack Obama took office, one of intelligence officials’ top fears was a “cyber Pearl Harbor,” a catastrophic and destructive cyberattack that resulted in mass casualties and destruction of property. One major reason that hasn’t happened is because the massive power and stated policy of the U.S. military—cyber and...

We Have 'Very Robust Defenses': An Exit Interview with Obama's Top Cyber Official

January 18, 2017 When Michael Daniel became White House cybersecurity coordinator near the end of President Barack Obama’s first term, he spent a fair amount of time convincing government and industry officials that cybersecurity was worth spending time and money on. After four years that included major breaches at the Office of Personnel...

Obama's Cyber Legacy

January 18, 2017 The Obama administration made an unprecedented all-fronts effort to secure cyberspace. So, why are we less secure? For eight years, cyberspace proved the Obama administration’s most unpredictable adversary, always twisting in new directions and delivering body blows where least expected. The administration took the cyber threat seriously from day one,...

We Have 'Very Robust Defenses': An Exit Interview with Cyber Coordinator Michael Daniel

January 17, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When Michael Daniel became White House cybersecurity coordinator near the end of President Barack Obama’s first term, he spent a fair amount of time convincing government and industry officials that cybersecurity was worth spending time and money on. After four years that included major breaches at the Office of Personnel...

Obama’s Cyber Legacy: He Did (Almost) Everything Right and It Still Turned Out Wrong

January 17, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration made an unprecedented all-fronts effort to secure cyberspace. So, why are we less secure? For eight years, cyberspace proved the Obama administration’s most unpredictable adversary, always twisting in new directions and delivering body blows where least expected. The administration took the cyber threat seriously from day one,...

Pompeo Pledges to Give Trump the Straight Dope on Cyber Threats

January 12, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency pledged to deliver the unvarnished truth about cyber threats to his future boss and other policymakers during a confirmation hearing Thursday. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., also pledged to pursue investigations wherever they lead, even if the CIA’s conclusions are damaging to...

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