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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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Latest Cyber Executive Order Draft Focuses on Workforce Competitiveness

May 3, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government agencies must assess the state of American cybersecurity education and workforce training as compared to other leading nations, according to an updated version of a long-delayed Trump administration cybersecurity executive order. Other elements of the recent executive order draft are broadly similar to an earlier version floated in February,...

House Panel Passes Bill Requiring Federal Cyber Guidance for Small Businesses

May 2, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House Science Committee easily passed legislation Tuesday directing the government’s cybersecurity standards agency to provide more guidance and other resources to small businesses. The NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act directs the National Institute of Standards and Technology to provide voluntary resources to companies that vary with the size of...

Compromise Spending Bill Includes Cyber Goodies

May 1, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A $1 trillion spending bill that would fund the government through September includes cybersecurity spending hikes at the Homeland Security Department, FBI and Secret Service. Most prominently, the bill includes a $183 million boost for the DHS’ cyber operations division, raising that division's budget to a total of $1.8 billion....

The Government Wants a Thriving Cyber Insurance Market. Here’s How It’s Getting Started

April 28, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Can the insurance industry offer cybersecurity policies that will help companies stay afloat even when they’re targeted with devastating cyberattacks that result in massive property damage or loss of life? That’s the question a Department of Homeland Security working group was tasked with answering back in 2012. Their conclusion: The...

McCaul: Expect a Major IT Modernization Push after Cyber Executive Order

April 27, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A long-delayed cybersecurity executive order due out from the Trump administration could be a launching pad for a major push to replace outdated government technology, the House Homeland Security Chairman said Thursday. That modernization drive will likely be led by a modernizing government technology bill, sponsored by committee member Rep....

America's Security Clearance System Is Broken, Former Spy Chief Clapper Says

April 27, 2017 The government’s failure thus far to fix long delays and dangerous imprecision in the government’s security clearance and vetting system is one of James Clapper’s greatest regrets from his time in office, the former Director of National Intelligence said Wednesday. Clapper’s 6-year tenure included National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s...

Former Intel Director: ‘The Clearance System We Have is Broken’

April 26, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government’s failure thus far to fix long delays and dangerous imprecision in the government’s security clearance and vetting system is one of James Clapper’s greatest regrets from his time in office, the former Director of National Intelligence said Wednesday. Clapper’s 6-year tenure included National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s...

Congressional Staffers to Get Cybersecurity Crash Course

April 26, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Cyber Security Alliance and Google will be giving congressional staff a primer on information security Wednesday, an official said. The Google-funded Lock Down Your Login event is part of a larger cybersecurity public awareness campaign announced through former President Barack Obama’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan, NCSA Government Relations...

Trump Appoints Secret Service Director as Congress Questions Cyber Mission

April 25, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A top official with U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be the next director of the Secret Service, the White House announced Tuesday. Randolph Alles is the CBP’s acting deputy commissioner and was formerly a major general in the U.S. Marine Corps. The appointment comes about two months after previous...

White House Wants to Bake Security Into New IT Projects

April 25, 2017 President Donald Trump’s top cybersecurity advisor will be pitching in on a government modernization program led by the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner to ensure security is built into any new government tools from the beginning, he said Monday. Kushner’s Office of American Innovation has numerous tasks including combating opioid addiction...