AUTHOR ARCHIVES

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 1746

Homeland Security Told States About Russian Hacking Attempts With a Phone Script

November 30, 2017 The federal government formally notified top election officials in some of the 21 states that were probed by Russian hackers by reading a short script over the phone, a Homeland Security Department official told lawmakers Wednesday. Homeland Security provided the script to members of the House Oversight Committee late Tuesday...

GAO Asks: Exactly How Does CYBERCOM Help After Cyberattacks?

November 30, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department hasn’t told Congress how it’s training forces to help civil authorities if there’s a major cyberattack against the United States, an auditor said Thursday. Congress ordered the Pentagon to give it an overview of that training in the 2016 version of an annual defense policy bill, along...

FBI, DHS Warn of Hacker Mercenaries Funded by Nation-States

November 30, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lines between government-backed hackers and cyber criminals are getting fuzzier, top officials told lawmakers Thursday. That’s one message the FBI wanted to send when it indicted two Russian intelligence officers and two criminal co-defendants for a major breach of the Yahoo email service in March, Director Christopher Wray said. “We...

The Promise and Peril of Trump's Cyber Strategy

November 30, 2017 Is Donald Trump’s cybersecurity policy humming along at the 10-month mark of his administration, a rare space of continuity amid myriad shifts and realignments? Or is Trump blazing a new path that could set dangerous precedents in cyberspace and leave the internet more ungovernable in the future? The answer, according...

Homeland Security Told States About Russian Hacking Attempts with a Phone Script

November 29, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government formally notified top election officials in some of the 21 states that were probed by Russian hackers by reading a short script over the phone, a Homeland Security Department official told lawmakers Wednesday. Homeland Security provided the script to members of the House Oversight Committee late Tuesday...

The Pluses and Perils of Trump's Cyber Strategy

November 29, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Is Donald Trump’s cybersecurity policy humming along at the 10-month mark of his administration, a rare space of continuity amid myriad shifts and realignments? Or is Trump blazing a new path that could set dangerous precedents in cyberspace and leave the internet more ungovernable in the future? The answer, according...

All Major Agencies Will Be on Federal Cybersecurity Dashboard by February

November 28, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two federal agencies have connected to a governmentwide cybersecurity dashboard so far and all major agencies will be plugged in by the end of February, a top Homeland Security Department official told Nextgov Tuesday. The federal cybersecurity dashboard is an outgrowth of Homeland Security’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program, which...

Government Has Completed Phase Two of Kaspersky Ban

November 28, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government has completed the first two phases of a three-part plan to scrub itself of a Russian anti-virus that intelligence officials say could be a conduit for Kremlin hacking, a Homeland Security Department official told Nextgov Tuesday. That means agencies have scanned all of their networks for the...

Federal Waste Report Says Government Dropped the Ball on Using Kaspersky Software

November 27, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A multi-year delay between when U.S. intelligence agencies first became concerned about Russian government access to Kaspersky anti-virus software and when the Homeland Security Department ordered federal agencies to scrub the Russian software from their computer systems was … well … a real bonehead move, Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., said...

GAO: Federal CIO Shirking Oversight Responsibilities On Critical Projects

November 22, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government’s highest priority IT items aren’t a high enough priority for the federal chief information officer, according to a watchdog report released Tuesday. The White House Office of Management and Budget identified the government’s 10 highest priority IT projects in 2015 and 2016 reports to Congress and scheduled those...