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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Congressional Russia Hacking Reviews to Examine Trump Campaign Ties

January 25, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A House Intelligence Committee inquiry into Russian cyber aggression during the 2016 election will include possible links between Russian officials and the Trump campaign, committee leaders said Wednesday. The investigation will also cover leaks of classified information held by the intelligence community, according to a joint statement from Chairman Devin...

Durbin Accuses Republicans of Trying to Keep Election Hacking Investigation Secret

January 24, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Senate Republicans want to keep an investigation into Russian tampering in the 2016 election under tight wraps for fear of embarrassing the new President Donald Trump or the Republican party, the chamber’s No. 2 Democrat charged Tuesday. That accusation, leveled on Trump’s fourth full day in office, helps ensure cybersecurity...

The Encryption Wars Will Return One Way or Another

January 23, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Disputes over encryption and digital security are sure to rock Congress and the executive branch this year, sparked by sudden crises rather than coolheaded consideration, a top congressional aide said Monday. “I see no way in which that was a one-time skirmish,” Austin Carson, legislative director for House Homeland Security...

The Knowns and Unknowns of Trump’s Cyber Plan

January 23, 2017 Donald Trump will be sworn in as the nation’s 45th president today with cybersecurity looming larger than it has for any of his predecessors—and with many unknowns about how he’ll tackle the issue. Here’s a rundown of what we know and what we don’t. ‘Review on Hacking’ Trump has promised...

Trump Administration Highlights Offensive Cyber in First Moments

January 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Donald Trump’s administration Friday highlighted offensive cyber actions among its first digital messages to the American people. Updates to the White House website’s issues page, posted moments after Trump’s inauguration, included developing “defensive and offensive” capabilities at U.S. Cyber Command and engaging in “cyber warfare” to disrupt recruiting and...

CIO Council Plans Https Default in 2017

January 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government will implement https encryption on newly registered government websites by default beginning in the spring of 2017, according to a Thursday blog post. The government’s council of chief information officers will submit newly created dot-gov domains and their subdomains to major web browsers such as Microsoft’s Internet...

The Knowns and Unknowns of Trump’s Cyber Plan

January 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Donald Trump will be sworn in as the nation’s 45th president today with cybersecurity looming larger than it has for any of his predecessors—and with many unknowns about how he’ll tackle the issue. Here’s a rundown of what we know and what we don’t. ‘Review on Hacking’ Trump has promised...

Transparency Group Sues for FBI Records on Russian Hacking

January 19, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A government transparency group is suing the FBI to release records about its investigations into Russian cyber meddling in the 2016 election. The Electronic Privacy Information Center’s lawsuit seeks internal memos, emails and other documents about FBI investigations into Russian-sponsored cyber breaches at the Democratic National Committee, the Republican National...

Commerce Nominee Endorses Cyber Push, Modernizing Government Tech

January 18, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Commerce Department pledged to continue the department’s work in support of cybersecurity and modernizing department technology. Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross stopped short of endorsing specific legislation related to improving government technology, regulating cybersecurity or helping the government respond to security dangers posed by...

Rounds to Lead Senate Armed Services Cyber Panel

January 18, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., will take the helm of a new cybersecurity panel on the Senate Armed Services Committee, the committee’s leadership announced Wednesday. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., will be the subcommittee’s ranking member. Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., created the new committee partly to shore up the Armed Services Committee’s...

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