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 Acknowledges Russian Hacking, Points to Poor Defenses

January 11, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Russia hacked Democratic political organizations in a campaign to sow chaos during the 2016 election, President-elect Donald Trump acknowledged for the first time Wednesday. But that’s not the real issue, Trump said during his first press conference since the election. Echoing an emerging theme of the Trump transition, the president-elect...

DHS Nominee has ‘High Confidence’ in Intel Community’s Conclusion on Russia Hacking

January 10, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Homeland Security Department believes “with high confidence” that top officials of the Russian government ordered an information campaign during the 2016 election aimed at undermining Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton, he told lawmakers Tuesday. That conclusion may put Gen. John Kelly at odds with his...

Senate Staffers to Assess Intel Community’s Russian Hacking Report

January 10, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Senate Intelligence Committee staffers will review and vet the classified sources underpinning intelligence agencies’ conclusion that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a massive hacking operation to destabilize the 2016 presidential election, Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., said Tuesday. The review will boost the legitimacy of those agencies’ conclusions but may be...

Here's Why Trump's Intel Bashing Matters

January 10, 2017 President-elect Donald Trump’s public bashing of the intelligence community could drive some agents and analysts away from their jobs, degrading the community’s overall capabilities, former officials tells Nextgov. The public discord could also drive a wedge between intelligence gatherers and the man who will soon be their consumer in chief,...

Here's Why Trump's Intel Bashing Matters

January 9, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President-elect Donald Trump’s public bashing of the intelligence community could drive some agents and analysts away from their jobs, degrading the community’s overall capabilities, former officials tells Nextgov. The public discord could also drive a wedge between intelligence gatherers and the man who will soon be their consumer in chief,...

DHS Designates Election Systems Critical Infrastructure

January 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department on Friday designated the nation’s election and voting systems as critical infrastructure, broadening government oversight of their physical and digital security and raising consequences for any foreign power that meddles with them. The move comes as part of a governmentwide response to a Russian hacking and...

Intel Report: Russian Government Aimed to Help Trump with Hacks

January 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered a hacking campaign against Democratic political targets with a goal of helping President-elect Donald Trump’s electoral chances and hurting Hillary Clinton’s, according to an unclassified intelligence report released Friday. The report confirms many claims made in the three months since the intelligence community first...

Trump Ducks Russian Attribution After DNC Hacks Briefing

January 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President-elect Donald Trump has long denied the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russian-government directed hackers breached Democratic political organizations but ducked that question after a briefing by top intelligence officials Friday. The briefing comes three months after intelligence agencies first publicly stated the Russian government was responsible for breaches at the...

Intel Leaders Shoot Back at Trump’s Mean Tweets

January 5, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. intelligence leaders bristled Thursday at President-elect Donald Trump’s mean tweets about the community’s conclusion Russian government-directed hackers meddled in the 2016 presidential election, suggesting the president-elect went far beyond expressing mere healthy skepticism. Trump’s deriding of the intelligence community’s conclusions and capabilities could undermine Americans’ faith in what government...

Senate Dems Push for Independent Commission to Review Russian Election Meddling

January 4, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Five Senate Democrats introduced legislation Wednesday to create an independent, nonpartisan commission to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The bill follows similar legislation introduced last Congress in the House. “An attack against our election system is an attack on our very way of life and must not...

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