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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Safe From WannaCry? Thank the Government.

May 24, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government played an active role in keeping the U.S. largely safe from the WannaCry ransomware attack that targeted hundreds of thousands of computers across the globe, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Wednesday. In a hearing before a House Appropriations Committee panel, Kelly described a rapid-fire Situation Room meeting...

Here’s How the Trump Budget Treats Cyber Defense

May 24, 2017 President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposal boosts cyber defense funding at the Homeland Security Department and commits new money to help law enforcement fight cyber criminals and ferret out the communications of terrorists and criminals using cop-proof encryption. The budget also touts that, for the first time, it aligns federal...

CYBERCOM Budget Request Focused on Elevation to Full Command

May 23, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the percentage increase in CYBERCOM’s budget and priorities for that increase. U.S. Cyber Command is requesting $647 million in President Donald Trump’s budget, roughly a 16 percent jump from the prior year, CYBERCOM Chief Adm. Michael Rogers told lawmakers Tuesday. That funding...

Here’s How the Trump Budget Treats Cyber

May 23, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposal boosts cyber defense funding at the Homeland Security Department and commits new money to help law enforcement fight cyber criminals and ferret out the communications of terrorists and criminals using cop-proof encryption. The budget also touts that, for the first time, it aligns federal...

Senator Presses FTC on Hackable Toys

May 22, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., Monday pressed the Federal Trade Commission on what the agency is doing to keep hackable children’s toys out of the marketplace. The letter follows a report from security researcher Troy Hunt about CloudPets, an internet-connected teddy bear that allows parents to send recorded messages to their...

Government Needs Strategic Vision for Emerging Tech, Advisory Group Says

May 19, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Trump administration should develop a strategic plan to optimize how the federal government will take advantage of advances in networking speed and efficiency similar to the way the Obama administration planned for the transition to cloud computing, an advisory group said Thursday. That plan should include specific recommendations to...

DHS Lags on Some FITARA Benchmarks

May 18, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department is lagging on at least three key requirements to improve how it buys technology, according to a watchdog report released Thursday. DHS isn’t sufficiently leveraging TechStat, an Obama-era process for soup-to-nuts reviews of troubled technology investments, according to the Government Accountability Office review. The department is...

White House Adviser Wants to Move Cyber Risk Decisions Up the Chain

May 18, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A key goal of President Donald Trump’s recent cybersecurity executive order is to manage cyber risk on a governmentwide level rather than allowing agencies to make ad hoc determinations, the president’s top cyber adviser told an advisory board Thursday. Currently, as a result of either budget constraints or poor cyber...

These Homeland Security Cyber Tools Are Now Available for Private Sector

May 16, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When an organization’s IT staff members are alerted about a possible cyber intrusion, they jump into detective mode, poring over reams of data to figure out what changed in the minutes, days and weeks before the alarm bell sounded. But the data these detectives have to work with is often...

White House: No U.S. Federal Systems Hit By WannaCry Ransomware

May 15, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A massive ransomware offensive that raged across 150 countries has not hit any U.S. federal agencies or critical infrastructure such as energy plants and airports, President Donald Trump’s top homeland security adviser said Monday. The campaign has struck more than 300,000 machines globally, Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert said during...

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