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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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White House: Federal Agencies Remain Highly Vulnerable to Data Breaches Three Years After OPM

May 29, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Many federal agencies don’t know how hackers are targeting them, can’t tell when hackers steal large amounts of their data and aren’t efficiently spending the cybersecurity money they have, according to a report and action plan released last week. Roughly three-quarters of federal agencies’ cybersecurity programs are currently “at risk”...

Lawmakers Question Defense's Cloud, the President's Phone and BTW, TL;DR

May 29, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House Oversight and Government Reform Committee lawmakers on Wednesday pressed the Defense Department’s new chief information officer to shift the agency from FITARA Scorecard laggard to leader—and slipped in questions about the agency’s controversial cloud contract. Defense earned the government’s only overall F+—its third in a row. FITARA Scorecard grades...

Senate Defense Bill Aims to Scrub Cyber Adversaries from US Military Tech

May 27, 2018 Companies that sell equipment and services to the U.S. military will be forced to disclose business ties that allow foreign governments to access their sensitive data, such as software source code, under the Senate version of an annual defense bill. Both Russia and China have required companies to submit to...

Senate Defense Bill Aims to Scrub Cyber Adversaries from U.S. Military Tech

May 25, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Companies that sell equipment and services to the U.S. military will be forced to disclose business ties that allow foreign governments to access their sensitive data, such as software source code, under the Senate version of an annual defense bill. Both Russia and China have required companies to submit to...

GSA Wants to Modernize How the Government Buys Cybersecurity Services

May 24, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government’s main contracting agency wants to make it easier for federal and state agencies to quickly acquire a broader array of cybersecurity services, according to contracting documents released this week. The General Services Administration is interested in updating the list of “highly adaptive cybersecurity services” it offers on its...

Huawei, ZTE Get the Boot in House-Passed Defense Bill

May 24, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House passed its version of an annual defense bill Thursday that would bar government agencies and federal grant recipients from using technology provided by the Chinese telecommunications providers Huawei and ZTE. Intelligence officials have warned the Chinese government could use those companies as digital spying tools. The National Defense...

FBI Stands Firm on ‘Going Dark’ Problem While Acknowledging Inflated Data

May 23, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The FBI won’t step back from its dire warnings about warrant-proof encryption systems despite acknowledging that officials grossly overstated the number of instances in which encryption stymied an investigation, an official said Wednesday. FBI officials have been warning since 2014 that warrant-proof encryption systems are allowing terrorists and criminals to...

Cyber Amendments to Watch in the House’s Defense Authorization Bill

May 22, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House Rules Committee will consider a slew of amendments to a major defense policy bill Tuesday afternoon, including amendments that address major congressional cybersecurity priorities. An amendment from Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., for instance, would prohibit President Donald Trump from eliminating the role of White House cyber coordinator, a...

The IRS Doesn’t Know Who’s Accessing Its Most Sensitive Data

May 21, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Internal Revenue Service hasn’t accurately cataloged all the components of its highest value hardware and software systems and doesn’t have a clear count of who has privileged access to those systems, according to an audit released Monday. The IRS also likely isn’t patching software vulnerabilities on its highest value...

Lawmakers to NIH: Is Tech Stressing Out Our Kids?

May 21, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A pair of lawmakers wants the National Institute of Health to weigh in on whether tech addiction is endangering children and teens. Many tech companies, particularly those supported by ads, design their products to maximize screen time, but early studies show staring at a screen can lead to stress, depression...