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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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More Agencies Are Sending Safer Email

November 10, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The percentage of federal agencies using an anti-spoofing email security tool has spiked since the Homeland Security Department directed agencies to implement the protection in October, according to an independent analysis. About 12 percent of federal agencies, ranging from the largest to the ultra-small, were using some level of the...

Many Top Cybersecurity Posts Remain Empty — And Not On Purpose

November 10, 2017 Many top cybersecurity and technology positions remain vacant 10 months into the Trump administration, but that’s not by design, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Rob Joyce said Thursday. Those vacant positions—or positions filled on an acting basis—include the federal chief information officer, the federal chief information security officer, the head of...

Expect Federal CIO, Federal CISO and Other Cyber Nominees Soon, White House Cyber Chief Says

November 9, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Many top cybersecurity and technology positions remain vacant 10 months into the Trump administration, but that’s not by design, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Rob Joyce said Thursday. Those vacant positions—or positions filled on an acting basis—include the federal chief information officer, the federal chief information security officer, the head of...

DHS Nominee Signals Continuity, Competence in Confirmation Hearings

November 8, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Good, but could be better. That was the consistent assessment Kirstjen Nielsen gave the Homeland Security Department’s cyber mission during her confirmation hearing Wednesday to be the department’s sixth leader. Nielsen praised Homeland Security’s work helping to secure critical infrastructure against cyberattacks but pondered additional government efforts to help secure...

DHS Cyber Info Sharing Focuses on Quantity Over Quality, IG Says

November 8, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department is meeting the requirements of a 2015 law that directs the department to share more cyber threat information with the private sector, but the information it’s sharing isn’t always helpful, an auditor said Monday. Homeland Security has focused on sharing cyber threat information as quickly as...

Slashing Homeland Security's Tech Directorate Could Leave the Country Vulnerable to Cyber Threats

November 7, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Major proposed budget cuts to the Homeland Security Department’s tech research division could leave the nation more vulnerable to emerging cyber threats, a former leader of the division said Tuesday. President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposal cuts research and development funding for Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate by 27...

OPM Cybersecurity Still Lags Three Years After Massive Breach

November 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Personnel Management's cybersecurity is still in bad shape, three years after it suffered a massive data breach that compromised sensitive records about more than 20 million Americans. OPM has made some cybersecurity and management improvements, but “significant deficiencies” remain and the current information security staff is “not...

Hundreds Attend Federal Cyber and Tech Hiring Fair

November 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Carlos Chueca studied international affairs as an undergraduate at Florida International University in Miami, but, now– a few years out of college and with six years troubleshooting security issues at the Apple Store under his belt–he’s looking to break into cybersecurity. Chueca is attracted to cybersecurity because he knows it’s...

How a Commerce Department Standards Agency Grew Into a Cybersecurity Powerhouse

November 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The orientation for new employees of the National Institute of Standards and Technology typically includes a story about the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904. That fire raged for 30 hours and consumed more than 1,500 buildings across 70 city blocks. When the Baltimore Fire Department proved unable to fight the...

Congress to Grill DHS Nominee, Former Yahoo and Equifax CEOs

November 3, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Rep. Paul Ryan’s bill to overhaul how agencies use data to evaluate the effectiveness of their programs is moving fast. He introduced the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act to the House Tuesday and the House Oversight Committee passed it by voice vote Thursday. The bill includes a version of the...