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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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Defense, Homeland Security Secretaries Spearhead Cyber Cooperation Agreement

November 21, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis spearheaded an agreement signed last week about how their agencies will work together on future cybersecurity challenges, Homeland Security Undersecretary Chris Krebs said last week. The pair is also urging more cyber cooperation between military and civilian government, Krebs said....

IRS Failed to Track 11,000 Breached Social Security Numbers for Tax Fraud

November 20, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The IRS failed to add more than 11,000 compromised Social Security numbers to a list it uses to help protect taxpayers from identity theft, according to an audit this month from the Treasury Department’s internal watchdog. Fraudsters used 79 of those Social Security numbers to file phony tax returns in...

Congress Wants to Confront Facebook, Robocallers and Data-Throttlers

November 19, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Democratic lawmakers clashed with the tech industry last week while Republicans sought to expand cyber protections for small businesses. Congress also finally delivered the Homeland Security Department its top legislative priority and pushed the Pentagon to chip in more cyber resources to defend civilian agencies. Here’s a rundown. Judging a...

DHS Aims to ID Critical Functions to Protect from Cyberattacks by Year’s End

November 16, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department hopes to complete before the end of this year a list of the nation’s most vital functions that must be protected against cyberattacks, the department’s top cyber official said Friday. Once those “critical functions” are identified, Homeland Security will work with federal research facilities and other...

Pentagon, DHS Spell Out How They’ll Cooperate on Cyber Defense

November 16, 2018 The Pentagon and Homeland Security Department have established a memorandum of understanding that details how the departments will work together on cybersecurity in the future, a Homeland Security official confirmed Wednesday. That agreement “reflects the commitment of both departments in collaborating to improve the protection and defense of the U.S....

Government Contractors Face New Data Breach Disclosure and Investigation Requirements

November 15, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government’s lead contracting agency plans to formalize how and when contractors are required to disclose data breaches and to mandate better government visibility into how serious those breaches are. The proposed rule will mandate that the General Services Administration and the agency that’s being served by the contract have...

DHS and Pentagon Memo Details Future Cyber Cooperation

November 15, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon and Homeland Security Department have established a memorandum of understanding that details how the departments will work together on cybersecurity in the future, a Homeland Security official confirmed Wednesday. That agreement “reflects the commitment of both departments in collaborating to improve the protection and defense of the U.S....

Pentagon Researchers Test 'Worst-Case Scenario' Attack on US Power Grid

November 14, 2018 Plum Island, N.Y. – The team of grid operators had spent days restoring power when a digital strike took out one of two operational utility stations. The other utility was also under attack. A month had passed since all power in the region was taken down by a devastating cyberattack....

Congress Passes Long-Sought Bill to Rename DHS Cyber Agency

November 14, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department’s long-sought plan to have a cyber division with the word “cybersecurity” in its name was nearly fulfilled Tuesday evening when the House passed a bill approving the re-naming. The Senate passed the bill in October, so now it only awaits President Donald Trump’s signature. The House...

OPM is Still Far Behind on Data Protection Three Years After Devastating Breach

November 13, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow More than three years after suffering the most devastating cyber breach to date against civilian government networks, the Office of Personnel Management still hasn’t implemented about one-third of the recommendations from the government’s in-house auditor, a Tuesday report found. Un-implemented recommendations include regularly updating software to the latest version, encrypting...