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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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About One-Fourth of Government Web Domains Still Lack Top-Level Encryption

5:18 PM ET FROM NEXTGOV arrow Only about 76 percent of civilian government websites are protected by advanced encryption tools more than eight months after a Homeland Security Department deadline, according to figures shared by the department. That’s an improvement from just 54 percent of government sites that were protected by the encryption tools when the...

Tech Modernization is About Cybersecurity, Federal CIO Says

4:17 PM ET FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government’s technology modernization campaign is inseparable from efforts to shore up government cybersecurity, federal Chief Information Officer Suzette Kent said Thursday. In many cases, government technology systems were designed years or even decades ago, before the government was deeply concerned about cybersecurity and before hackers were so focused...

Global Cyber Workforce Shortage Mirrors Government’s Struggle

October 17, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There’s a shortage of nearly 3 million cybersecurity professionals worldwide and nearly 500,000 in North America, according to a study released by a major cybersecurity certification organization Wednesday. Those figures echo a cyber workforce shortage in the federal government that has bedeviled agencies struggling to improve the security of their...

Only Two-Thirds of Federal Domains Meet Email Security Deadline

October 16, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Just over two-thirds of federal email domains met a Homeland Security Department deadline Tuesday to install and be fully protected by a tool that guards against email phishing scams, according to a tally from the Global Cyber Alliance. About one-fifth of agency web domains appear not to have even begun...

No Easy Fix for Silicon Valley Angst About Government Contracts

October 15, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Political protests against contractors that assist with controversial Trump administration priorities such as ramping up security along the southern border has become a “huge problem” for Customs and Border Protection, a top acquisitions official said Thursday. The issue has made it particularly difficult to attract fresh ideas from innovation hubs...

Lawmakers Weigh Another Election Security Bill and Warn Canada About Huawei

October 15, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Companies that produce election systems for state and local governments would have to be wholly owned and operated inside the United States under a bill introduced by a bipartisan trio of senators Thursday. The Protect Our Elections Act includes a waiver if the Homeland Security Department approves a U.S. subsidiary...

DHS Reveals New Details About Its Supply Chain Initiative

October 12, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A new program to ensure the cybersecurity of the government’s supply chain will be based on unclassified, public information whenever possible, according to a question-and-answer sheet the Homeland Security Department posted Thursday. The document, which was posted to a government contracting site, contains Homeland Security responses to industry questions following...

Firing Isn’t the Only Option for Holding Leaders Accountable for Cyber Lapses, Federal CISO Says

October 11, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Holding government leaders accountable for cybersecurity lapses was a major pillar of a cybersecurity executive order President Donald Trump issued in 2017 and of a national Cybersecurity Strategy released last month. The government is unlikely to advertise when it brings that accountability to bear, however, federal Chief Information Security Officer...

Voting Experts: Why the Heck Are People Still Voting Online?

October 10, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government’s extensive effort to secure election systems after a Russian assault on the 2016 contest missed one glaring vulnerability: online ballots, according to a Wednesday report by voting security experts. Online voting is not common in the U.S., but Americans cast at least 100,000 online ballots in the 2016...

GAO: Vulnerabilities Plague 'Entire Generation' of U.S. Weapons Systems

October 9, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Pentagon weapons systems are riddled with cybersecurity vulnerabilities that could allow U.S. adversaries to gain control of them in a short amount of time, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Tuesday. In one case, a two-person team of ethical hackers gained access to a weapon system in just...