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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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NIST Seeks Input on Trusted Identities Guidance

January 31, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government’s research agency for digital security is releasing the latest draft of its digital authentication guidelines for public comment. The draft guidance from the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology essentially focuses on best practices for ensuring people and machines are who they say they are online....

Draft Trump Order Would Launch 4 Major Cyber Reviews

January 27, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An executive order seemingly prepped for President Donald Trump’s signature would order four major reviews of the nation’s cyber vulnerabilities and capabilities but would not make any immediate changes to U.S. cyber posture. In addition to a review of public and private-sector cyber vulnerabilities Trump has been promoting since soon...

Cyber Commission Remains Bullish Trump Team Will Take Some Recommendations

January 27, 2017 As the first inklings of President Donald Trump’s cyber policy emerge, experts remain hopeful team Trump’s policy will draw from the Obama administration’s heavy lifting. In particular, there’s significant optimism that dozens of recommendations from a major cyber review Barack Obama ordered in the wake of the Office of Personnel...

Cyber Commission Remains Bullish Trump Team Will Take Some Recommendations

January 26, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the first inklings of President Donald Trump’s cyber policy emerge, experts remain hopeful team Trump’s policy will draw from the Obama administration’s heavy lifting. In particular, there’s significant optimism that dozens of recommendations from a major cyber review Barack Obama ordered in the wake of the Office of Personnel...

Congressional Russia Hacking Reviews to Examine Trump Campaign Ties

January 25, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A House Intelligence Committee inquiry into Russian cyber aggression during the 2016 election will include possible links between Russian officials and the Trump campaign, committee leaders said Wednesday. The investigation will also cover leaks of classified information held by the intelligence community, according to a joint statement from Chairman Devin...

Durbin Accuses Republicans of Trying to Keep Election Hacking Investigation Secret

January 24, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Senate Republicans want to keep an investigation into Russian tampering in the 2016 election under tight wraps for fear of embarrassing the new President Donald Trump or the Republican party, the chamber’s No. 2 Democrat charged Tuesday. That accusation, leveled on Trump’s fourth full day in office, helps ensure cybersecurity...

The Encryption Wars Will Return One Way or Another

January 23, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Disputes over encryption and digital security are sure to rock Congress and the executive branch this year, sparked by sudden crises rather than coolheaded consideration, a top congressional aide said Monday. “I see no way in which that was a one-time skirmish,” Austin Carson, legislative director for House Homeland Security...

The Knowns and Unknowns of Trump’s Cyber Plan

January 23, 2017 Donald Trump will be sworn in as the nation’s 45th president today with cybersecurity looming larger than it has for any of his predecessors—and with many unknowns about how he’ll tackle the issue. Here’s a rundown of what we know and what we don’t. ‘Review on Hacking’ Trump has promised...

Trump Administration Highlights Offensive Cyber in First Moments

January 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Donald Trump’s administration Friday highlighted offensive cyber actions among its first digital messages to the American people. Updates to the White House website’s issues page, posted moments after Trump’s inauguration, included developing “defensive and offensive” capabilities at U.S. Cyber Command and engaging in “cyber warfare” to disrupt recruiting and...

CIO Council Plans Https Default in 2017

January 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government will implement https encryption on newly registered government websites by default beginning in the spring of 2017, according to a Thursday blog post. The government’s council of chief information officers will submit newly created dot-gov domains and their subdomains to major web browsers such as Microsoft’s Internet...

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