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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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Kaspersky Seeks Immediate Halt to Federal Government Ban

January 18, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Moscow-based anti-virus maker Kaspersky Lab asked a federal judge Thursday to halt the Homeland Security Department from scrubbing its products from federal computers. The department’s October directive banning Kaspersky violated the company’s constitutional due process rights and is doing “irreparable harm” to Kaspersky’s reputation, the company said in a...

House Votes to Restore Top Cyber Diplomat’s Office

January 17, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House passed a bill Wednesday restoring and expanding a top cyber diplomacy office that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson shuttered in August, marking a rare break on cybersecurity between the Trump administration and congressional Republicans. The cyber coordinator’s office, which launched in 2011, inspired imitators in more than 20...

45 Percent of Federal Email Domains Miss Security Deadline

January 16, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Just under half of federal email domains missed a Homeland Security Department deadline this weekend to install a new anti-spoofing email security tool, according to a tally maintained by an email security firm. Among the laggards are 85 percent of Homeland Security’s own email domains, according to ValiMail data provided...

Shutdown, Surveillance Deadlines Loom Over Congress

January 16, 2018 Three-day weekends always come with a price, which for Congress means figuring out how to fund the government and renew a controversial surveillance power before they both expire Jan. 19. So two big issues need to be resolved in four working days. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday told...

Shutdown, Surveillance Deadlines Loom Over Congress

January 16, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Three-day weekends always come with a price, which for Congress means figuring out how to fund the government and renew a controversial surveillance power before they both expire Jan. 19. So two big issues need to be resolved in four working days. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday told...

Russian DNC Hackers Are Targeting the US Senate, Cyber Firm Says

January 13, 2018 The Russian government-linked hacking group that breached the Democratic National Committee in advance of the 2016 elections is now targeting the U.S. Senate, a cybersecurity firm reported Friday. Beginning in June, the group, which the firm Trend Micro calls Pawn Storm, set up a phony version of a Senate log...

Russian DNC Hackers Targeting Senate, Cyber Firm Says

January 12, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Russian government-linked hacking group that breached the Democratic National Committee in advance of the 2016 elections is now targeting the U.S. Senate, a cybersecurity firm reported Friday. Beginning in June, the group, which the firm Trend Micro calls Pawn Storm, set up a phony version of a Senate log...

DHS: We Can Vet Election Cyber Systems in All 50 States

January 11, 2018 Homeland Security Department cyber experts will be able to do on-the-ground vetting of election systems in all 50 states before the 2018 midterm elections if those states ask for it, department official Bob Kolasky said during an election security summit Wednesday. The department has fully vetted election systems in three...

GSA Plans to Formalize Cyber Rules for Contractors

January 11, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration plans to submit cybersecurity requirements that it already imposes on contractors through a federal regulatory process this year, the agency said Thursday. The rulemaking process will more firmly establish the cybersecurity requirements and will give the public a chance to weigh in on them, according to...

DHS Offers to Vet States’ Voting Systems. But Will They Ask for Help?

January 11, 2018 Homeland Security Department cyber experts will be able to do on-the-ground vetting of election systems in all 50 states before the 2018 midterm elections if those states ask for it, department official Bob Kolasky said during an election security summit Wednesday. The department has fully vetted election systems in three...