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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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No Easy Fix for Cyber Workforce Shortage

September 7, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government’s cybersecurity worker shortage won’t be fixed by a smattering of scholarships and incentives, tech executives told lawmakers Thursday. The global cyber workforce shortage in both the public and private sector is projected to reach 1.8 million by 2022. That shortage is spurred by the proliferation of internet-connected...

Homeland Security Puts Up $8.6M For Cutting-Edge Mobile App Security

September 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department Science and Technology Directorate awarded $8.6 million in research and development contracts to five companies Wednesday to boost smartphone security across the federal government. The department’s Mobile Application Security R&D project focuses on developing technology to fortify mobile devices and the software that often offers a...

Former State Dept. Cyber Coordinator Says It Was a Mistake to Close His Office

September 6, 2017 When Chris Painter became the State Department’s first cyber coordinator in 2011, he had no international counterparts. The U.S., alone among nations, had decided the topics his office oversaw—developing international rules of the road in cyberspace, lobbying for a free and open internet, and helping developing nations build cyber emergency...

Former State Cyber Coordinator Says It Was a Mistake to Close His Office

September 1, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When Chris Painter became the State Department’s first cyber coordinator in 2011, he had no international counterparts. The U.S., alone among nations, had decided the topics his office oversaw—developing international rules of the road in cyberspace, lobbying for a free and open internet, and helping developing nations build cyber emergency...

Trump’s Tech Team Shares Plans For Modernizing Government

August 31, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The coalition of senior White House advisers and tech tycoons that President Donald Trump consults about government problems has finally shared a general plan for catching federal agency technology up to the private sector’s. So far, the American Technology Council’s rough strategy would direct agencies to continue consolidating data centers,...

Candidate Trump Criticized Obama's Cyber Doctrine. President Trump Continues It.

August 31, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Donald Trump promised big changes on cybersecurity after his election. During the Obama administration, the nation’s cybersecurity was “run by people that don’t know what they’re doing,” the president said during a post-election press conference. The Trump administration, he promised, would gather “some of the greatest computer minds anywhere...

Tillerson to Slash Cyber Office, Other Special Envoys

August 29, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gave formal notice to Congress Monday that he plans to shutter the department’s cyber coordinator office and roll some of its responsibilities into the economics bureau. The plan to close the Obama-era office had been rumored since Cyber Coordinator Chris Painter abruptly stepped down in...

Traffic Safety Agency Needs to Clarify Connected Car Authority, Audit Says

August 28, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government’s top car safety regulator is sending the auto industry mixed messages about its role regarding customer privacy protections for internet-connected vehicles, a government watchdog said Monday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has no specific authority to regulate how car companies treat consumers’ personal information, but the regulator...

Senate Intel Bill Bars Creation of U.S.-Russia Cyber Working Group

August 25, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A major intelligence policy bill would bar President Donald Trump from establishing a cybersecurity working group with Russia and order top administration officials to develop a plan to counter Russian meddling in future U.S. elections. The Senate Intelligence Committee approved a draft of the bill in late July but only...

Trump Cybersecurity Advisers Resign In 'Moral' Protest

August 25, 2017 More than one-quarter of a panel tasked with advising the Homeland Security Department on cybersecurity and infrastructure protection resigned en masse Monday, citing President Donald Trump’s “insufficient attention” to the nation’s cyber vulnerabilities, among other complaints. Resigning members of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council also cited the president’s failure to...