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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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DHS Secretary: DDoS Attack ‘Mitigated’

October 24, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. officials believe the cyberattack that interrupted Twitter, Netflix and other websites Friday has been mitigated, Homeland Security Department Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement today. DHS held an information sharing conference call with 18 major communication services providers the day the distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attack...

Human Rights Group Ranks Best and Worst Messaging Apps for Privacy

October 24, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facebook private messaging systems Messenger and WhatsApp earned praise for protecting users’ privacy from hackers and government snoops in a Friday report from the human rights group Amnesty International while BlackBerry, Snapchat and Microsoft’s Skype got dinged. The bottom score in Amnesty International’s Message Privacy Ranking report went to the...

The US Needs One Cyber Defense Agency—Not Three, a Top NSA Official Says

October 19, 2016 The U.S. government ought to consider forging stronger ties between agencies that manage cybersecurity, including possibly unifying their cyber defense components in a single agency, the National Security Agency's top cyber defender said today. Combining aspects of NSA, the FBI and the Homeland Security Department into one cyber defense organization...

NSA Defense Chief Imagines a Cyber Response Without Borders

October 18, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. government ought to consider forging stronger ties between agencies that manage cybersecurity, including possibly unifying their cyber defense components in a single agency, the National Security Agency's top cyber defender said today. Combining aspects of NSA, the FBI and the Homeland Security Department into one cyber defense organization...

Interior Department Audit Spots Nearly 100,000 Software Vulnerabilities

October 17, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Poor management and oversight by Interior Department technologists have resulted in tens of thousands of software weaknesses going unfixed, according to an audit released today. The department’s top technology office doesn’t require agencies to follow approved practices to detect and patch software weaknesses, doesn’t bar agencies from using unapproved software...

Auditors: Transportation Dept. Needs Better Insights into FAA Cyber Incidents

October 17, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Transportation Department’s top tech office isn’t monitoring numerous Federal Aviation Administration computer systems for digital threats and can’t ensure they’re secure against hacking, according to an auditor’s report released publicly last week. FAA is doing its own monitoring of those National Airspace System computer systems but isn’t clearing its...

Audit: Secret Service Info Systems Still Weak a Year After Chaffetz Leak

October 14, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Secret Service still isn’t adequately guarding its computer systems more than a year after agency employees leaked screenshots of a congressman’s job application they should not have had access to, according to an audit released Friday. The audit by the Homeland Security Department's inspector general found incomplete and outdated...

Senator Sounds Insider Threat Alarm After NSA Contractor Arrest

October 13, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., wants to know why a security clearance system that allowed Edward Snowden and Pvt. Chelsea Manning to steal classified information wasn’t sufficiently fixed before the latest National Security Agency rogue was able to do the same, according to a letter sent today to NSA Director Adm....

It’s Lights Out on Xmas in EU Cyber War Game

October 13, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Public and private sector cyber officials from 30 European nations kicked off a massive cyber war game today that includes hacks against internet-connected infrastructure and the cyber-induced blackout of an entire nation—during Christmas, no less. The two-day war game, known as Cyber Europe 2016, will also incorporate drones, cloud computing,...

Mapping Better Decisions At EPA

May 9, 2014 The Environmental Protection Agency office charged with taking legal actions against water and air polluters used to organize its enforcement targeting meetings around spreadsheets and graphs. Those spreadsheets detailed places with large oil and gas production and other possible pollutants where EPA might want to focus its own inspection efforts...

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