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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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Auditor: EPA’s Not Securing Its Systems or Keeping Tabs on Contractors

May 10, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Environmental Protection Agency has historically failed to secure its networks and data against hackers or to ensure contractors that manage EPA data are following the agency’s information security requirements, according to an auditor’s report released Tuesday. The report from EPA’s inspector general listed susceptibility to cyber threats as one...

House Panel Approves More Military Cyber Support for Critical infrastructure

May 9, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A House panel approved legislative language Wednesday that would make it easier for military cyber defenders to pitch in when U.S. critical infrastructure, such as hospitals and financial firms, are under attack. The Homeland Security Department is the government’s lead agency during a domestic cyberattack but it lacks the broad...

Planned Food Stamp Recipients Database Sparks Hacking Fears

May 9, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A proposed database that would collect information about people who receive federal food assistance is coming under fire from advocates for the program who say it would unduly violate recipients’ privacy. The nationwide database, which would include recipients’ Social Security numbers and income information, would also be a prime target...

House Committee Forwards State Department Bug Bounty Bill

May 9, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House Foreign Affairs Committee forwarded legislation Wednesday that would invite ethical hackers to probe State Department web systems for digital bugs. The program, known as a bug bounty, would be modeled on similar cash rewards programs at the Pentagon, Army and Air Force. The bill passed on a voice...

Kaspersky is Off All Federal Networks but Remains on Contractor Systems

May 8, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Kaspersky Lab anti-virus has been scrubbed from all federal government computer systems, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., confirmed Tuesday. The Russian software remains on some contractor systems, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said during testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Homeland Security panel, but the effort to remove it is “pretty...

Huawei, ZTE Banned in House Draft of Pentagon Policy Bill

May 7, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government agencies would be prohibited from using technology provided by the Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE under House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry’s draft of a must-pass annual defense policy bill released Monday. The National Defense Authorization Act draft would also bar the military from purchasing or renewing contracts with...

Net Neutrality Fight Returns to the Hill

May 7, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Senate Democrats plan on forcing another vote on net neutrality. “We have the signatures. On May 9th, we officially file the petition to force a vote on the Senate floor to save #NetNeutrality,” Sen. Ed Markey, D- Mass., tweeted April 30. Markey and the other senators are using the Congressional...

Officials Brief Trump on Election Security

May 4, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Top cabinet officials briefed President Donald Trump Thursday on efforts to improve the security of election systems in advance of the 2018 midterms, according to a White House release. The briefing follows months of prodding by congressional Democrats who charge the president is disinterested in the threat posed to U.S....

VA Dems Demand Answers on Electronic Health Records Delay

May 3, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two top Democrats on the House Veterans Affairs Committee want an investigation into what’s delaying a $16 billion electronic health records system that’s supposed to be compatible with the Defense Department’s system. The request comes after Politico’s eHealth team reported a Florida doctor who knows President Donald Trump from his...

How the U.S. Government Learned to Stop Worrying About The Global Internet and Kicked Russians Off Its Networks

May 2, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The global internet is a lot less global than it was a few years ago. The U.S. government, which used to be the loudest advocate for knocking down digital barriers, has begun to erect barriers of its own since the 2016 election and the Russian hacking and influence operation that...