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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 Administration Orders US Government To Delete All Kaspersky Software

September 13, 2017 Federal agencies have three months to identify and begin removing all products made by the Russian anti-virus software firm Kaspersky Labs from their systems, according to a U.S. Homeland Security Department directive issued Wednesday. The directive comes after a months-long campaign by top government security officials to highlight the Moscow-based...

Trump Administration Orders Russian Anti-virus Off All Government Systems

September 13, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies have three months to identify and begin removing all products from the Russian anti-virus software firm Kaspersky Labs from their systems, according to a Homeland Security Department directive issued Wednesday. The directive comes after a months-long campaign by top government security officials highlighting the Moscow-based firm’s possible Kremlin...

Energy Dept Spends $33M to Harden Grid Against Network, Kinetic Attack

September 13, 2017 The Energy Department announced a roughly $33 million investment Tuesday in seven projects aimed at securing the electric grid against cyberattacks, physical attacks and weather disasters. The projects are designed both to make grid systems more secure against cyberattacks and to improve their ability to withstand a cyberattack, according to...

Energy Doles Out $33 Million to Help Grid Withstand Cyber and Physical Attacks

September 12, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Energy Department announced a roughly $33 million investment Tuesday in seven projects aimed at securing the electric grid against cyberattacks, physical attacks and weather disasters. The projects are designed both to make grid systems more secure against cyberattacks and to improve their ability to withstand a cyberattack, according to...

Senate's Self-Driving Car Bill Encourages Bug Disclosure Program

September 11, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Makers of self-driving cars would have 18 months to develop plans to mitigate the cybersecurity risks facing those cars, under discussion draft legislation being floated by the Senate Commerce Committee. The plans should include ways to isolate and segment the cars’ critical digital systems and methods to detect and respond...

No Easy Fix for Cyber Workforce Shortage

September 7, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government’s cybersecurity worker shortage won’t be fixed by a smattering of scholarships and incentives, tech executives told lawmakers Thursday. The global cyber workforce shortage in both the public and private sector is projected to reach 1.8 million by 2022. That shortage is spurred by the proliferation of internet-connected...

Homeland Security Puts Up $8.6M For Cutting-Edge Mobile App Security

September 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department Science and Technology Directorate awarded $8.6 million in research and development contracts to five companies Wednesday to boost smartphone security across the federal government. The department’s Mobile Application Security R&D project focuses on developing technology to fortify mobile devices and the software that often offers a...

Former State Dept. Cyber Coordinator Says It Was a Mistake to Close His Office

September 6, 2017 When Chris Painter became the State Department’s first cyber coordinator in 2011, he had no international counterparts. The U.S., alone among nations, had decided the topics his office oversaw—developing international rules of the road in cyberspace, lobbying for a free and open internet, and helping developing nations build cyber emergency...

Former State Cyber Coordinator Says It Was a Mistake to Close His Office

September 1, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When Chris Painter became the State Department’s first cyber coordinator in 2011, he had no international counterparts. The U.S., alone among nations, had decided the topics his office oversaw—developing international rules of the road in cyberspace, lobbying for a free and open internet, and helping developing nations build cyber emergency...

Trump’s Tech Team Shares Plans For Modernizing Government

August 31, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The coalition of senior White House advisers and tech tycoons that President Donald Trump consults about government problems has finally shared a general plan for catching federal agency technology up to the private sector’s. So far, the American Technology Council’s rough strategy would direct agencies to continue consolidating data centers,...