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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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Trump Ducks Russian Attribution After DNC Hacks Briefing

January 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President-elect Donald Trump has long denied the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russian-government directed hackers breached Democratic political organizations but ducked that question after a briefing by top intelligence officials Friday. The briefing comes three months after intelligence agencies first publicly stated the Russian government was responsible for breaches at the...

Intel Leaders Shoot Back at Trump’s Mean Tweets

January 5, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. intelligence leaders bristled Thursday at President-elect Donald Trump’s mean tweets about the community’s conclusion Russian government-directed hackers meddled in the 2016 presidential election, suggesting the president-elect went far beyond expressing mere healthy skepticism. Trump’s deriding of the intelligence community’s conclusions and capabilities could undermine Americans’ faith in what government...

Senate Dems Push for Independent Commission to Review Russian Election Meddling

January 4, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Five Senate Democrats introduced legislation Wednesday to create an independent, nonpartisan commission to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The bill follows similar legislation introduced last Congress in the House. “An attack against our election system is an attack on our very way of life and must not...

Get Silicon Valley Execs Out of Government Cyber, Major Report Urges

January 4, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The incoming Trump administration should rely more on Washington bureaucrats to secure federal agencies and less on Silicon Valley CEOs, according to a Wednesday report prepared by lawmakers and cyber experts. The report, from the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Cyber Policy Task Force, faults the government for “misunderstanding”...

Secure That Smart Toaster and Win $3,000

January 3, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Trade Commission is offering up to $25,000 in prize money for applications or tools that help people protect their smart home devices from hackers, according to a Federal Register notice. The competition, which will announce winners in July, comes as the internet is creeping into more and more...

Trump Praises Putin for Not Hitting Back after Obama Hacking Sanctions

December 30, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President-elect Donald Trump on Friday praised Vladimir Putin’s decision to not immediately retaliate against U.S. sanctions, raising the likelihood he may reverse or weaken the Obama administration’s attempt to punish its former Cold War adversary for meddling in the 2016 election. Putin declared in a Thursday statement he will not...

Obama Sanctions Russia for Election Hacking

December 29, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Updated Dec. 29 with comments from senior administration officials and members of Congress. President Barack Obama retaliated for Russian cyber meddling in the 2016 presidential election Thursday, announcing new sanctions against Russia’s main intelligence agencies plus three other organizations and six individuals. That retaliation could be reversed or undermined, however,...

Here’s How Cyber (In)security Rocked 2016

December 27, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There will be little debate about the two cybersecurity stories that dominated headlines in 2016. The year opened with a standoff between Apple and the FBI over encryption, pitting law enforcement’s ability to investigate an Islamic State-inspired mass shooting against the security of Americans' information. It’s closing with government in...

Pentagon Wants More Cyber Threat Info from Contractors in 2017

December 22, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department plans to gather more information from contractors about cyber threats during the 2017 fiscal year, according to a governmentwide regulatory agenda released Thursday. The Pentagon’s fiscal 2017 regulatory wish list includes finalizing a rule that requires defense contractors with security clearances to report network breaches to DOD...

House Report: 'Serial Fabricator' Snowden Talks to Russian Spy Agencies

December 22, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden is a serial fabricator who may be spilling secrets to Russian intelligence service, rather than a principled whistleblower, according to a House Intelligence Committee report released today. The heavily redacted bipartisan report does not offer proof of its claim that Snowden has been in...

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