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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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Continuing Resolution on Congress' Post-Holiday To-Do List

November 17, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lawmakers head off to Thanksgiving recess having passed the defense authorization bill but face a government that runs out of money when they return. Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., Tuesday said Congress will likely extend the continuing resolution beyond Dec. 8 while lawmakers work on appropriation bills. VA Wants Fast Money...

Homeland Security Has A Plan To Fight Zombie Devices

November 17, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Homeland Security Department advisory group, on Thursday, approved a key set of recommendations for the Trump administration’s emerging battle plan to fight botnets. The government should launch more public-private partnerships to take down the armies of zombie computers that digital miscreants use to attack websites and should redouble engagement...

House Panel Investigates Retaliation Against HHS Cyber Leads

November 16, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A House committee is investigating whether the Health and Human Services Department retaliated against two of its top cybersecurity staffers for communicating with Congress, according to a letter sent this week. The two officials, who were at the forefront of standing up the department’s Healthcare Cybersecurity Communications and Integration Center,...

Bill to Restore State Department Cyber Office Advances

November 15, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House Foreign Affairs Committee forwarded legislation Wednesday that would reinstate the position of a top cyber diplomat at the State Department. The Cyber Diplomacy Act, sponsored by House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., and ranking member Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., is a rebuke to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson...

White House Discloses Rules on Weaponizing Software Vulnerabilities

November 15, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Trump administration pledged Wednesday to release an annual report outlining the government’s decision-making about when it discloses newfound computer vulnerabilities to the public and when it will hoard them to hack and spy on U.S. adversaries. The move marks a significant step forward for the government’s “vulnerabilities equities process,”...

Kaspersky Software Found at 15% of Federal Agencies

November 14, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow About 15 percent of federal agencies had Kaspersky Lab software running on some of their computer systems before the Homeland Security Department banned the Russian anti-virus in September, a top department official told lawmakers Tuesday. In most cases, those agencies didn’t purchase Kaspersky directly but obtained it as part of...

Majority of Feds Want to Ban All Foreign Anti-Virus Software from Government Systems

November 14, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A majority of government employees think all foreign anti-virus software should be banned from government systems, following widespread concern about Kremlin ties to the Russian anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab, a Government Business Council poll found. The concern is far greater inside the Defense Department than among federal civilian or state...

1 in 8 Government Emails Received in October was Phony

November 13, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One out of every eight emails sent from what looked like a government address in October was a phony email sent by hackers and spammers, according to data released Friday and Monday by the cybersecurity firm Proofpoint. About 10 percent of those spoofed emails came from IP addresses outside the...

Congress Passes FITARA 2, Hits Brakes on DHS Nominee

November 10, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congress sent agencies with lagging or nonexistent plans to close data centers a clear message: get on with it. The FITARA Enhancement Act passed the Senate Wednesday and next heads to the president’s desk. The bill requires agencies to continue reporting data center inventory, PortfolioStat reviews and sharing data to...

More Agencies Are Sending Safer Email

November 10, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The percentage of federal agencies using an anti-spoofing email security tool has spiked since the Homeland Security Department directed agencies to implement the protection in October, according to an independent analysis. About 12 percent of federal agencies, ranging from the largest to the ultra-small, were using some level of the...