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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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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...

Giuliani to Advise Trump on Cyber

January 12, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani will advise President-elect Donald Trump on private-sector cybersecurity, the president-elect’s transition office said Thursday. Giuliani’s appointment comes one day after Trump doubled down on a pledge to launch a 90-day cyber review immediately after he takes office. It’s not...

Trump Acknowledges Russian Hacking, Points to Poor Defenses

January 11, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Russia hacked Democratic political organizations in a campaign to sow chaos during the 2016 election, President-elect Donald Trump acknowledged for the first time Wednesday. But that’s not the real issue, Trump said during his first press conference since the election. Echoing an emerging theme of the Trump transition, the president-elect...

DHS Nominee has ‘High Confidence’ in Intel Community’s Conclusion on Russia Hacking

January 10, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Homeland Security Department believes “with high confidence” that top officials of the Russian government ordered an information campaign during the 2016 election aimed at undermining Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton, he told lawmakers Tuesday. That conclusion may put Gen. John Kelly at odds with his...

Senate Staffers to Assess Intel Community’s Russian Hacking Report

January 10, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Senate Intelligence Committee staffers will review and vet the classified sources underpinning intelligence agencies’ conclusion that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a massive hacking operation to destabilize the 2016 presidential election, Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., said Tuesday. The review will boost the legitimacy of those agencies’ conclusions but may be...

Here's Why Trump's Intel Bashing Matters

January 10, 2017 President-elect Donald Trump’s public bashing of the intelligence community could drive some agents and analysts away from their jobs, degrading the community’s overall capabilities, former officials tells Nextgov. The public discord could also drive a wedge between intelligence gatherers and the man who will soon be their consumer in chief,...

Here's Why Trump's Intel Bashing Matters

January 9, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President-elect Donald Trump’s public bashing of the intelligence community could drive some agents and analysts away from their jobs, degrading the community’s overall capabilities, former officials tells Nextgov. The public discord could also drive a wedge between intelligence gatherers and the man who will soon be their consumer in chief,...

DHS Designates Election Systems Critical Infrastructure

January 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department on Friday designated the nation’s election and voting systems as critical infrastructure, broadening government oversight of their physical and digital security and raising consequences for any foreign power that meddles with them. The move comes as part of a governmentwide response to a Russian hacking and...

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