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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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DHS Cyber Info Sharing Focuses on Quantity Over Quality, IG Says

November 8, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department is meeting the requirements of a 2015 law that directs the department to share more cyber threat information with the private sector, but the information it’s sharing isn’t always helpful, an auditor said Monday. Homeland Security has focused on sharing cyber threat information as quickly as...

Slashing Homeland Security's Tech Directorate Could Leave the Country Vulnerable to Cyber Threats

November 7, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Major proposed budget cuts to the Homeland Security Department’s tech research division could leave the nation more vulnerable to emerging cyber threats, a former leader of the division said Tuesday. President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposal cuts research and development funding for Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate by 27...

OPM Cybersecurity Still Lags Three Years After Massive Breach

November 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Personnel Management's cybersecurity is still in bad shape, three years after it suffered a massive data breach that compromised sensitive records about more than 20 million Americans. OPM has made some cybersecurity and management improvements, but “significant deficiencies” remain and the current information security staff is “not...

Hundreds Attend Federal Cyber and Tech Hiring Fair

November 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Carlos Chueca studied international affairs as an undergraduate at Florida International University in Miami, but, now– a few years out of college and with six years troubleshooting security issues at the Apple Store under his belt–he’s looking to break into cybersecurity. Chueca is attracted to cybersecurity because he knows it’s...

How a Commerce Department Standards Agency Grew Into a Cybersecurity Powerhouse

November 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The orientation for new employees of the National Institute of Standards and Technology typically includes a story about the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904. That fire raged for 30 hours and consumed more than 1,500 buildings across 70 city blocks. When the Baltimore Fire Department proved unable to fight the...

Congress to Grill DHS Nominee, Former Yahoo and Equifax CEOs

November 3, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Rep. Paul Ryan’s bill to overhaul how agencies use data to evaluate the effectiveness of their programs is moving fast. He introduced the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act to the House Tuesday and the House Oversight Committee passed it by voice vote Thursday. The bill includes a version of the...

US Army, Navy Cyber Commands Ready Far Ahead of Schedule

November 3, 2017 The Army and Navy components of the U.S. military’s Cyber Mission Forces have reached full operational capability, the services announced Thursday, beating their 2018 deadline by roughly a year. The Army and Navy announcement marks a major milestone for U.S. Cyber Command, which has grown since 2010 from a rough...

Army and Navy Cyber Command Ready Way Ahead of Schedule

November 3, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Army and Navy components of the military’s Cyber Mission Forces have reached full operational capability, the services announced Thursday, beating their 2018 deadline by roughly a year. The Army and Navy announcement marks a major milestone for U.S. Cyber Command, which has grown since 2010 from a rough plan...

Federal IT Reforms are Freeing Up Funds in an Otherwise Flat Budget Forecast

November 1, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Obama-era technology modernization programs and legislation are beginning to have a substantial effect freeing up IT budget money, but there’s a long way left to go, industry executives said during a Professional Services Council market forecast Wednesday. The government saved about $7 billion during the 2017 fiscal year through a...

Lawmakers Back Down from Pushing NIST into Cyber Auditing Role

October 31, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House Science Committee lawmakers have pared back a controversial bill that would have tasked the government’s cyber standards agency with auditing federal agencies’ cyber protections. Under the revised bill, the National Institute of Standards and Technology would assist agency inspectors general with those security audits but wouldn’t perform the audits...