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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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Trump Administration Plans a New Cybersecurity Strategy

October 25, 2017 The Trump administration is planning to write a new cybersecurity strategy, White House Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert said Tuesday, suggesting that the slew of Obama-era cyber plans and strategies are fast outliving their usefulness. There’s no timeframe for when the strategy will launch, Bossert told reporters, but it will...

Pentagon Scrubbing Kaspersky Software from Its Networks

October 24, 2017 The Defense Department is doing a thorough review to ensure software from the embattled Russian anti-virus firm Kaspersky does not touch any military systems, a Defense spokeswoman tells Nextgov, a sister publication of Defense One. The move follows a September order from the Homeland Security Department directing all civilian government...

Trump Administration Plans a New Cybersecurity Strategy

October 24, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Trump administration is planning to write a new cybersecurity strategy, White House Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert said Tuesday, suggesting that the slew of Obama-era cyber plans and strategies are fast outliving their usefulness. There’s no timeframe for when the strategy will launch, Bossert told reporters, but it will...

Pentagon to Scrub Kaspersky From Defense Systems Following DHS Ban

October 23, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department is doing a thorough review to ensure software from the embattled Russian anti-virus firm Kaspersky does not touch any military systems, a Defense spokeswoman tells Nextgov. The move follows a September order from the Homeland Security Department directing all civilian government agencies to remove Kaspersky software from...

Congress Makes Budget Progress, Gets Snubbed by Cyber Czar and Preps for Fake News Fights

October 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congress is moving closer to approving the fiscal 2018 budget, with the Senate passing its version 51-49 Thursday night. An amendment proposed by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., would have required the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee to find almost $17 million in savings, but the measure was voted down....

Report: 1 in 4 Emails that Appear to Be Dot-Gov Addresses are Phishing Attempts

October 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow About one-fourth of emails that purport to be from federal agencies are malicious phishing emails spoofing federal addresses, according to a Thursday report from the cybersecurity company Agari. The study was based on Agari clients that use an email security feature called Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance, or DMARC....

GAO Denies Northrop Grumman Protest in $1 Billion DHS Cybersecurity Contract Fight

October 19, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government’s contract arbiter has dismissed Northrop Grumman’s protest of a roughly $1 billion cybersecurity contract award to Raytheon after more than two years of legal wrangling, according to documents released Thursday. The contract, dubbed DOMino, covers “development, operations and maintenance” cybersecurity services the Homeland Security Department provides across the...

Mattis Opposes Splitting Defense CIO Duties

October 19, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Defense Secretary Jim Mattis wants to roll back part of the Senate’s annual defense policy bill that would force major changes to the Pentagon’s chief information officer shop, according to a Thursday letter to Senate Armed Services Chair John McCain. The Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act would...

DHS: Sharing Election Threat Info With States Won't Be One-Size-Fits-All

October 18, 2017 When the Homeland Security Department alerted state governments about Russian attempts to probe their election systems in 2016, it followed an ad hoc, one-size-fits-all process, mostly reaching out through existing cybersecurity relationships with governors’ offices. As a result, the officials running those elections—which are often politically firewalled from governors—were sometimes...

Sharing Election Threat Info with States Won’t be One-Size-Fits-All, DHS Says

October 18, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When the Homeland Security Department alerted state governments about Russian attempts to probe their election systems in 2016, it followed an ad hoc, one-size-fits-all process, mostly reaching out through existing cybersecurity relationships with governors’ offices. As a result, the officials running those elections—which are often politically firewalled from governors—were sometimes...