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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.
Results 11-20 of 1822

Federal Agencies More Secure than Contractors, Study Finds

February 15, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government contractors are typically less digitally secure than the federal agencies they’re contracting with, according to a Thursday study from the cybersecurity ratings firm BitSight. Health care, defense and aerospace contractors demonstrated better security than other categories in the study, while engineering, technology and manufacturing contractors came in last. The...

DHS to Scrutinize Government Supply Chain for Cyber Risks

February 14, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department is surging its efforts to protect government and contractor technology systems from cyber risks inside their supply chains, a top department official said Wednesday. Government contracting leaders from the General Services Administration and counterintelligence officials are also working on the Homeland Security-led effort that launched earlier...

Chinese Telecoms Could Join Kaspersky On Governmentwide Banned List

February 14, 2018 Intelligence officials and lawmakers jointly raised alarms Tuesday about the prospect that two Chinese telecom firms might be conduits for Chinese spying on the U.S. government. The aspersions against Huawei and ZTE, which were repeated numerous times throughout the hearing, echo congressional and intelligence community concerns about the Russian antivirus...

Kaspersky Sues to Reverse Congressional Ban

February 13, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Russian antivirus maker Kaspersky Lab filed a lawsuit Monday challenging a December law that banned it from government networks. This lawsuit marks a second legal front for Kaspersky, which was already challenging a Homeland Security Department imposed ban from September. Both the law and the Homeland Security ban were...

Chinese Telecoms Could Join Kaspersky On Governmentwide Banned List

February 13, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Intelligence officials and lawmakers jointly raised alarms Tuesday about the prospect that two Chinese telecom firms might be conduits for Chinese spying on the U.S. government. The aspersions against Huawei and ZTE, which were repeated numerous times throughout the hearing, echo congressional and intelligence community concerns about the Russian antivirus...

Cyber R&D Would Go Up at Defense, Down At Standards Agency

February 13, 2018 President Donald Trump’s 2019 fiscal year budget request boosts cybersecurity funding by about 4 percent across the government, including significant hikes at the Homeland Security Department and Pentagon. The overall increase includes even larger cyber funding spikes at key agencies, including a 23 percent jump at the Energy Department, a...

Agencies Still Lag on Email Security One Month Past Deadline

February 13, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies are still lagging at adopting an anti-spoofing email security tool nearly one month after a deadline to do so, according to data from an email security firm. Just about 62 percent of federal email domains had installed the tool called DMARC as of last week, compared with about...

Trump 2019 Budget Boosts Cyber Spending But Cuts Research

February 12, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Donald Trump’s 2019 fiscal year budget request boosts cybersecurity funding by about 4 percent across the government, including significant hikes at the Homeland Security Department and Pentagon. The overall increase includes even larger cyber funding spikes at key agencies, including a 23 percent jump at the Energy Department, a...

Microsoft Vet to Lead DHS Cyber and Infrastructure Division

February 12, 2018 President Donald Trump tapped Microsoft’s former government cybersecurity policy chief to lead the Homeland Security Department’s cyber and infrastructure protection division Wednesday. Krebs has been filling the top job on an interim basis since August when he was named assistant secretary of the directorate’s infrastructure protection division. Because the division’s...

What to Know About the CLOUD Act

February 9, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Industry groups and privacy and civil liberties groups split this week over a proposed fix from Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, to Justice Department demands for emails and other data stored in overseas servers. The issue has been highly contentious since 2014 when Microsoft refused to comply with a Justice Department...