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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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House Lawmakers Introduce Hack the State Department Bug Bounty Bill

March 21, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Non-government security researchers would receive cash prizes for finding hackable vulnerabilities in State Department websites under legislation introduced Wednesday. The Hack Your State Department bill from Reps. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., and Ted Yoho, R-Fla., follows a string of pilot “bug bounty” programs in the Pentagon, Army and Air Force. The...

5 Big Takeaways From Senate Intel's Election Security Investigation

March 21, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Senate Intelligence Committee held rare a two-panel hearing on election security Wednesday, a day after releasing its big-picture takeaways from the committee’s months-long investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Here are five big takeaways: 1. Just because there’s no evidence votes were changed this time doesn’t mean...

Better Threat Sharing is Just the First Step in Securing Elections, Senate Committee Says

March 20, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Providing better, faster cyber threat information to states should be the beginning, but not the end, of the federal government’s efforts to ensure future elections aren’t marred by the same security concerns as the 2016 contest, according to a preview of Senate Intelligence Committee recommendations released Tuesday. The State Department...

Congress Faces Government Funding That Runs Out Friday

March 19, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congress is staring down another expiring continuing resolution this week. Lawmakers have been working on an omnibus spending bill but familiar political fights are getting in the way: border wall funding, Planned Parenthood funding and unique to this CR, funding for a rail tunnel project in New Jersey and New...

Here Are Some Key Challenges to Critical Infrastructure Security

March 19, 2018 Government and industry should conduct more research into understanding which complex security questions can be fully automated and which ones require “humans in the loop,” according to the readout of a Feb. 28 meeting between government and critical industry sectors. The meeting included representatives from 13 of the 16 infrastructure...

Here Are Some Key Challenges to Critical Infrastructure Security

March 16, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government and industry should conduct more research into understanding which complex security questions can be fully automated and which ones require “humans in the loop,” according to the readout of a Feb. 28 meeting between government and critical industry sectors. The meeting included representatives from 13 of the 16 infrastructure...

Auditor Finds Infosec Weaknesses in Most FBI Domains

March 16, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There are weaknesses in six out of the FBI’s seven information security domains, according to an independent auditor that recommended 38 separate fixes. The findings were only released in a brief summary because of concerns hackers might capitalize on them. The summary is the most recent in the annual cascade...

NSA Pick Will Develop Cyber Retaliation Plans But Don’t Expect Government to Use Them

March 16, 2018 Lawmakers pressed President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the National Security Agency over the government’s failure to deter Russian cyber aggression Thursday at the same time the Treasury Department imposed the broadest sanctions to date against Russian government hackers. The timing underscored two points made frequently by government cyber officials...

NSA Pick Will Develop Cyber Retaliation Plans But Don’t Expect Government to Use Them

March 15, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lawmakers pressed President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the National Security Agency over the government’s failure to deter Russian cyber aggression Thursday at the same time the Treasury Department imposed the broadest sanctions to date against Russian government hackers. The timing underscored two points made frequently by government cyber officials...

5 Things You May Have Missed in the Homeland Security Reauthorization Bill

March 13, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department must launch a program offering cash rewards for hackable computer vulnerabilities discovered by non-government researchers under a reauthorization bill a Senate committee advanced last week. The program, known as a bug bounty, would be limited to the department’s public-facing apps, websites and web tools, according to...