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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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There May Be Some Feds at Defcon After All

August 1, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow LAS VEGAS -- For the record I did not get into the Defcon hacker’s conference. I wanted to investigate whether federal employees and contractors were attending the conference despite a request from organizer Jeff Moss that they take a year off in the wake of revelations about the National Security...

Build Once, Use Often

August 1, 2013 May marked a White House deadline for government agencies to begin streaming data directly to outside developers and the public through application programming interfaces, or APIs. Basically, these are instructions for one computer to continuously grab information from another. Some agencies launched a dozen or more APIs in response to...

Tech Roundup

August 1, 2013 CIA’s Virus Trouble The Government Accountability Office found that the CIA gave Amazon an unfair advantage when it agreed to weaken security requirements on a $150 million contract for a massive intelligence community computer cloud it had already awarded to the Web giant. During post-award negotiations, Amazon asked the CIA...

Around Government

August 1, 2013 Decoding Rap and Regs GSA considers site that analyzes hip-hop lyrics to cut through jargon. What will be the next social media platform to make it big in government? The answer may be Rap Genius, a four-year-old tool to decode hip-hop lyrics that federal agencies could use to crowdsource explanations...

Insider Threats ≠ Hackers

July 31, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow LAS VEGAS -- Of the two best tools to detect insider threats in a network, only one can be supplied by a vendor, the FBI’s former chief information security officer said at the Black Hat cybersecurity conference here Wednesday. That’s software that tracks employees’ individual digital patterns and how those...

NSA Chief Asks Techies for Help, Not Backbench Criticism

July 31, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow LAS VEGAS -- Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, tried to repair relations with the tech sector during a keynote speech at the Black Hat cybersecurity conference here on Wednesday after damaging revelations about two broad digital surveillance programs. Alexander said the programs revealed by leaker Edward...

Look Who’s Monitoring Social Media Now

July 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case there was any doubt who’s monitoring what we post to social media sites, count the Secret Service in the mix. The agency posted a solicitation Monday seeking software to monitor social media sites for “real-time open source intelligence.” The full description of what the Secret Service is after...

More People Are Talking to the Government on Mobile Devices

July 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow About 40 percent of federal government website visitors have gone to the same website on a smartphone or tablet, according to a quarterly survey by the Consultancy ForeSee released on Tuesday. After the first quarter of 2013, only one-third of federal website visitors said they’d looked at a government site...

The IT Dashboard: Not Exactly Transparent

July 29, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Is the Federal IT Dashboard really providing more transparency or just more fog? That question lingers in the aftermath of a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing on the government’s information technology reform programs last week. The IT Dashboard lists the status of about 700 major government IT projects....

DHS Ups Its Big Data Game, Asks Vendors What They've Got

July 29, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department wants to make big data analysis a bigger part of its mission, contracting documents show. The department is asking big data vendors to compete for the opportunity to present their products to Homeland Security technology staffers and contractors. DHS will use the presentations to inform future...