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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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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...

Trump’s Lack of ‘Moral Infrastructure’ Causes Cyber Advisers to Resign

August 24, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow 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...

Democrats Attempt to Save State Department’s Cyber Office

August 24, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An amendment to a spending bill filed by six Democrats recently would block Secretary of State Rex Tillerson from shuttering his department’s cyber wing. The State Department’s first and only cyber coordinator, Chris Painter, abruptly left the office at the end of July and Tillerson is reportedly considering folding the...

Washington, Not Silicon Valley, Leads the Way in Cybersecurity

August 23, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s a common trope that government has a lot to learn from Silicon Valley when it comes to technology. But in cybersecurity, Washington is leading the way in many respects. When federal leaders and lawmakers praise industry’s tech savvy, they're usually talking about innovation, flexibility and speed to market. IT...

Time's Running Out to Prevent a Massive Cyberattack on Critical Infrastructure

August 22, 2017 U.S. infrastructure is in “a pre-9/11 moment” when it comes to cybersecurity and time is running short to shore up its cyber defenses, an industry advisory committee warned Tuesday. If government and industry don’t dramatically boost their efforts to protect critical infrastructure, such as the financial system or electric grids,...

Time’s Running Out to Prevent a Massive Cyberattack on Critical Infrastructure, Advisory Group Says

August 22, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. infrastructure is in “a pre-9/11 moment” when it comes to cybersecurity and time is running short to shore up its cyber defenses, an industry advisory committee warned Tuesday. If government and industry don’t dramatically boost their efforts to protect critical infrastructure, such as the financial system or electric grids,...

Trump Names Intelligence Community CIO

August 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Donald Trump plans to nominate a 20-year veteran of the CIA and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to be the next chief information officer of the national spymaster’s office, the White House announced Friday. John Sherman is currently deputy director of the CIA’s Open Source Enterprise where he’s responsible for incorporating...

At 7 Years Old, CYBERCOM Becomes a Full Combatant Command

August 18, 2017 President Donald Trump elevated U.S. Cyber Command to a full combatant command Friday, marking a crucial transition for the 7-year-old military unit that’s scheduled to reach full operating capability next year. The elevation was authorized in the most recent version of an annual defense policy bill in November and CYBERCOM...

Trump Order Elevates Cyber Command

August 18, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Donald Trump elevated U.S. Cyber Command to a full combatant command Friday, marking a crucial transition for the 7-year-old military unit that’s scheduled to reach full operating capability next year. The elevation was authorized in the most recent version of an annual defense policy bill in November and CYBERCOM...

Dems Want Proof FCC Net Neutrality Page Was Actually Attacked

August 17, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two Democratic lawmakers want a government watchdog to investigate the Federal Communications Commission’s claim that malicious hackers forced it offline in May. FCC officials attributed the blackout of a site collecting comments about a net neutrality proposal to malicious hackers who overloaded the site with requests—what’s known as a distributed...