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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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What Former NSA Chief Keith Alexander Thinks of Trump's Cyber Stance

February 17, 2017 Former National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander wants government to take a more active role defending private-sector networks from cyberattacks and he thinks President Donald Trump can help make that goal a reality. Alexander was one of several cybersecurity experts who met with Trump and former New York City...

New York DA to Trump: Have Our Backs Against Cop-proof Encryption

February 17, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance has a message for the Trump administration as it puts its cybersecurity priorities in order: Listen to state and local officials on the front line. Vance advocated extensively last year for Congress to create legislation to halt the advance of cop-proof encryption systems such...

Why NIST's Framework Avoids a One-Sized-Fits-All Approach to Cybersecurity

February 16, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The NIST Cybersecurity Framework, a sort of guidebook for good cybersecurity, has been adopted by about 30 percent of U.S. companies since its release three years ago and that number could reach 50 percent by 2020. Companies’ understanding of the document doesn’t always stretch far beyond its basic principles, however,...

What Former NSA Chief Keith Alexander Thinks of Trump's Cyber Stance

February 16, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Former National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander wants government to take a more active role defending private-sector networks from cyberattacks and he thinks President Donald Trump can help make that goal a reality. Alexander was one of several cybersecurity experts who met with Trump and former New York City...

Lawmakers’ Personal Devices Need Better Security, House Member Says

February 13, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House members’ use of personal phones and home Wi-Fi networks for official business leaves congressional information far too vulnerable to hackers, one lawmaker says. That’s why the House Administration Committee should develop a plan to secure these personal devices and networks and give all members a classified briefing on information...

Water Treatment Plant Hack Kicks Off RSA Conference

February 13, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This year’s RSA cybersecurity conference in San Francisco kicked off Monday with a simulated ransomware attack on a water treatment plant and a new study showing nearly half of Americans think the U.S. is more vulnerable to cyberattacks under President Donald Trump. The ransomware attack was launched by researchers at...

House Science Democrats Want to Investigate White House Cyber Vulnerabilities

February 9, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Democratic members of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee want Republican leaders to investigate cybersecurity lapses by the Trump White House, according to a Thursday letter. The letter is the latest thrust in a Democratic push to highlight irresponsible cybersecurity practices by the new administration after an election in...

There's Cyberwar and Then There's the Big Legal Gray Area

February 9, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Russian government-backed hacks of Democratic political organizations that upended the 2016 presidential contest represent the sort of legal gray area U.S. adversaries will continue to exploit if nations don’t create rules of the road in cyberspace, the director of an updated manual on international cyber law said Wednesday. The...

Government Must Pick Between Bad Options in Encryption Debate

February 8, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There are no good options for government in the debate over encrypted communication systems, a top Washington think tank declared Thursday. But the worst option by far would be for government to merely fret about the issue while tech companies, authoritarian nations, terrorists and cyber criminals take the lead, according...

Elections Systems Are Critical Infrastructure, DHS Chief Affirms

February 8, 2017 Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly wants to continue treating election systems as critical infrastructure, retaining a controversial designation made late in the Obama administration, he told lawmakers Tuesday. Kelly’s predecessor Jeh Johnson designated federal and state election and voting systems as critical infrastructure during the final days of the Obama...

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