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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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National Cyber Strategy Coming Soon From White House

April 11, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An updated national strategy that will guide how the Trump administration handles cyber defense and threats is being debated at the White House and “should be forthcoming in the near future,” a Pentagon official told lawmakers Wednesday. That strategy, in turn, will inform a Defense Department cyber posture document that...

DHS Is Falling Short on Securing Its Classified Intelligence Systems

April 11, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department isn’t doing enough to secure classified information on its intelligence systems, according to a report summary out Wednesday from the department’s inspector general. The tools that continuously monitor those systems for cyber threats aren’t interoperable with each other, the auditor found. The department also has not...

Trump Homeland Security Adviser Bossert Resigns

April 10, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Donald Trump’s Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert is leaving office, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday. White House Cybersecurity Adviser Rob Joyce will be replacing Bossert on a temporary basis, The New York Times reported, citing an administration official. Bossert was instrumental in developing a cybersecurity...

The IRS Is Stopping Fewer Fraudulent Returns. And That’s A Good Thing.

April 9, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The IRS appears on track to identify and halt fewer fraudulent tax returns this year than it did during the 2017 tax season, according to a preliminary audit report out Monday. That’s good news, though, according to the auditor, who says it’s evidence the IRS is preventing more fraudulent tax...

Deterring Russian Hacking Will Take More Than Latest Sanctions, Experts Say

April 6, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sanctions the Trump administration announced Friday against Russian government officials and oligarchs are a major step forward in U.S. efforts to curb Russian cyber aggression. Those sanctions alone, however, are unlikely to change Russian behavior in cyberspace, Russia watchers told Nextgov. “It’s a start, but this is a long campaign...

White House: Government Identity Verification Tools Aren’t Meeting The Threat

April 6, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House issued a mammoth directive ordering agencies to update their identity verification policies, but the document mostly outlines agency responsibilities and includes no firm deadlines. The Friday order on “Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Agencies through Improved Identity, Credential, and Access Management” comes as hackers are increasingly using...

Huawei Pushes Back On FCC Efforts to Bar It From U.S. Networks

April 5, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Chinese telecom Huawei shot back Wednesday at a Federal Communications Commission proposal that would make it more difficult for telephone and internet companies to buy the company’s products. The statement follows several months of claims by federal and congressional officials that Huawei is too closely tied to the Chinese...

GAO: Medicare Agency Isn’t Doing Enough to Ensure Beneficiary Data Is Secure

April 5, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Health and Human Services division that manages Medicare and Medicaid data hasn’t established special security rules for health care researchers that access beneficiaries’ data, an auditor said Thursday. Those researchers must follow broad rules that apply to all government data but, unlike Medicare contractors, they aren’t required to follow...

Here’s What Government Gets Wrong About Bug Bounties

April 4, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Bug bounties are hot in government right now, but the craze may be outpacing the contests’ actual usefulness, bug bounty practitioners tell Nextgov. The Defense Department has launched four of the ethical hacking contests, which were first popularized at major tech firms and offer cash rewards in exchange for spotting...

White House Lags Far Behind on Email Security Benchmark

April 4, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow More than 95 percent of White House email domains lack a security feature that prevents them from being used in massive phishing attacks, according to a Wednesday report from a cybersecurity industry group. The Homeland Security Department mandated those email protections across government in October with a January deadline, but...