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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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The FBI Is Disrupting 10X Fewer Cyber Crime Rings Than In 2015

January 9, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow FBI agents took down or disrupted only about one-tenth as many cyber criminal operations during the 2017 fiscal year as they did three years earlier, according to annual reports. The number of cyber crime operations that FBI agents dismantled or disrupted fell from nearly 2,500 in fiscal year 2014, the...

Zero Day Disclosure Bill Heads to House Floor

January 8, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House will debate legislation Tuesday requiring the Homeland Security Department to report on how the government decides whether it will exploit newfound computer software vulnerabilities against U.S. adversaries or disclose them to manufacturers to be patched. The Cyber Vulnerability Disclosure Act would put the force of legislation behind a...

The Free Market Won’t Fix Botnets, Government Report Says

January 5, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The current booming market for internet-connected devices, such as cameras, thermostats and home assistants, doesn’t sufficiently incentivize companies to secure their smart products or penalize them when those products are breached, according to a draft report released Friday by the Commerce and Homeland Security departments. The result is that connected...

White House Phone Ban May Have Unintended Consequences

January 4, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Trump administration’s move to ban personal electronic devices from the White House will likely have dubious security benefits and could dissuade people from taking jobs there, according to a former federal chief information officer. The ban could be necessary or prudent if the White House is responding to a...

Data Breach Affected More Than 240,000 Homeland Security Workers, IG Confirms

January 3, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Personal information about more than 247,000 Homeland Security Department employees and other people connected with the agency was compromised in 2014, the department’s internal auditor said Wednesday. In May, the Homeland Security inspector general’s office found a copy of its investigative case management system—and the reams of personal information it...

Now It's Industry's Turn to Come Up with Botnet Fighting Ideas

January 2, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Commerce Department cybersecurity center wants to work with industry to combat botnets powered by internet-connected smart devices. The goal is to enter into cooperative research and development agreements with companies and other organizations that can offer products and technical expertise that will make connected devices more secure, according to...

These L.A. Startups Are What Stand Between Hackers and Your Medical Devices

January 1, 2018 LOS ANGELES — The term cyber threat information sharing tends to evoke images from a techno spy thriller: banks of computer monitors manned by steely-eyed operators, wall-sized screens with flashing red dots on one side of the globe that send even redder arrows streaking toward targets on the other side....

These LA Startups Are What Stand Between Hackers and Your Medical Devices

December 28, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow LOS ANGELES – The term cyber threat information sharing tends to evoke images from a techno spy thriller: banks of computer monitors manned by steely-eyed operators, wall-sized screens with flashing red dots on one side of the globe that send even redder arrows streaking toward targets on the other side....

2017 Was Marked by Continuity and Confusion in Cyber Policy

December 27, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This was an unpredictable year for U.S. cybersecurity policy, maybe even an eerie one. Few cyber watchers would have predicted in early 2017 that the Trump administration would move to increase transparency about how and when U.S. intelligence agencies hoard cyber vulnerabilities to use them against adversaries. Fewer still might...

Here’s Why the Trump Administration Called Out North Korea’s Cyberattacks

December 20, 2017 Trump Homeland Security officials put policy into practice Tuesday when they attributed a massive, transnational ransomware attack to the North Korean regime. During a 30-minute press briefing, Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert and Homeland Security Department cyber official Jeanette Manfra repeatedly hammered on key pillars of the administration’s cybersecurity strategy...