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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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Info Request on Cyber Workforce Preparedness Coming Soon

June 29, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government’s cyber education office is days away from releasing a public call for comments about current efforts to beef up the federal and private-sector cybersecurity workforce, a Commerce Department official told an advisory board Thursday. Information gleaned from that request for information will help inform a report due to...

Senate Defense Bill Splits CIO Duties, Bans Russian Anti-virus Software

June 29, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Senate version of a major defense policy bill would bar Kaspersky anti-virus software from all Defense Department systems and fundamentally reform how the Pentagon manages its internal cybersecurity. The bill would retire the title of Defense Department chief information officer and split the job’s responsibilities between the agency’s chief...

NIST Cyber Advisers Anxious Over Auditing Agencies

June 28, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Members of an advisory board for the government’s cyber standards agency are skeptical about a House bill that would expand that agency’s mission to auditing cybersecurity across the federal government. That bill, the NIST Cybersecurity Framework Assessment and Auditing Act, would task the National Institute of Standards and Technology with...

Congressman Renews Concerns About Mar-a-Lago Cybersecurity

June 28, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One of Congress’ main cybersecurity wonks wants to know what the Homeland Security Department is doing to ensure President Donald Trump’s information is secure when he visits his real estate properties and whether DHS is ensuring he doesn’t connect to unsecure Wi-Fi networks. Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., also asks about...

Officials: Controversial Surveillance Law Helped Stop Smartphone Attack

June 27, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A controversial surveillance authority that could expire at the end of this year protected American smartphone owners from a malicious application sponsored by a foreign government, an intelligence official told lawmakers Tuesday. The story about the malicious app, which was ultimately removed from app stores, joins a small cadre of...

DOJ Asks High Court to Clarify Email Warrants Abroad

June 26, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Justice Department wants the Supreme Court to iron out how and when the U.S. government can compel U.S. tech companies to turn over customer emails stored outside the United States. The question has been roiling government and the tech industry since 2014 when Microsoft refused to turn over customer...

The US Government Is Still Installing Russian Software on Its PCs

June 15, 2017 Congressional concern is climbing—not for the first time—about government agencies using an anti-virus tool made by the respected but Russia-based security firm Kaspersky Lab. The dustup is a case study in why securing government systems is devilishly complicated. The fracas comes as congressional Democrats are squaring off against President Donald...

DHS, FBI Alert About North Korean Hacking Campaign

June 15, 2017 The FBI and Homeland Security Department released technical details Wednesday about a North Korean government-linked hacking group fingered in numerous cyber operations, including the historic breach at Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2015. The North Korean group, dubbed Hidden Cobra, has been targeting victims since at least 2009 and is likely...

DHS, FBI Alert About North Korean Hacking Campaign

June 14, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Editor's note: This article was updated with comment from Adobe. The FBI and Homeland Security Department released technical details Wednesday about a North Korean government-linked hacking group fingered in numerous cyber operations, including the historic breach at Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2015. The North Korean group, dubbed Hidden Cobra, has...

In an Era of Russian Hacks, the US Is Still Installing Russian Software on Government Systems

June 14, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congressional concern is climbing—not for the first time—about government agencies using an anti-virus tool made by the respected but Russia-based security firm Kaspersky Lab. The dustup is a case study in why securing government systems is devilishly complicated. The fracas comes as congressional Democrats are squaring off against President Donald...