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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 to Push to Centralize IT to Protect Crown Jewels

October 27, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Obama administration cyber officials plan to urge the next president’s team to drastically centralize information technology services to reduce the risk of another massive data breach, a White House official said today. Those officials are preparing an “options paper” for the next president’s transition team that envisions consolidating IT services...

US CIO Makes Final Push to Shore Up Government Cyber Vulnerabilities

October 27, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agencies should ramp up their focus on modernizing outdated information technology systems that could prove vulnerable to cyber breaches, according to guidance released this morning by federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott. The plan directs agencies to identify outdated systems at high risk for being exploited by cyber adversaries and...

DHS Races to Get Obama’s Signature on Cyber Response Plan

October 26, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department wants to make sure an updated plan for how the government responds to major cyberattacks is set in stone before President Barack Obama leaves office, a DHS official said today. The alternative is leaving the country with a 6-year-old interim plan while a new presidential administration...

It’s On: US Mulls Tricky Options for Retaliation Against Russian Hacks

October 26, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The decision by top intelligence and Homeland Security officials to attribute election-related data breaches to top Russian government officials earlier this month marked a sea change in cyber relations between the two former Cold War adversaries. Eight years after Russian hackers were first rumored to be behind an attack that...

CYBERCOM: We're Ready For War

October 26, 2016 U.S. Cyber Command’s 133 Cyber Mission Force teams reached initial operating capability last week, the command said in a statement Monday. The milestone comes six years after the new command launched and two years before it’s scheduled to reach full operating capability. It also comes as the Pentagon and intelligence...

CYBERCOM Reaches Initial Operating Capability

October 25, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. Cyber Command’s 133 Cyber Mission Force teams reached initial operating capability last week, the command said in a statement Monday. The milestone comes six years after the new command launched and two years before it’s scheduled to reach full operating capability. It also comes as the Pentagon and intelligence...

DHS Is Drawing Up 'Strategic Principles' for Internet of Things

October 25, 2016 U.S. officials believe the cyberattack that interrupted Twitter, Netflix and other websites Friday has been mitigated, Homeland Security Department Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement Monday. DHS held an information sharing conference call with 18 major communication services providers the day the distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attack...

DHS Secretary: DDoS Attack ‘Mitigated’

October 24, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. officials believe the cyberattack that interrupted Twitter, Netflix and other websites Friday has been mitigated, Homeland Security Department Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement today. DHS held an information sharing conference call with 18 major communication services providers the day the distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attack...

Human Rights Group Ranks Best and Worst Messaging Apps for Privacy

October 24, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facebook private messaging systems Messenger and WhatsApp earned praise for protecting users’ privacy from hackers and government snoops in a Friday report from the human rights group Amnesty International while BlackBerry, Snapchat and Microsoft’s Skype got dinged. The bottom score in Amnesty International’s Message Privacy Ranking report went to the...

The US Needs One Cyber Defense Agency—Not Three, a Top NSA Official Says

October 19, 2016 The U.S. government ought to consider forging stronger ties between agencies that manage cybersecurity, including possibly unifying their cyber defense components in a single agency, the National Security Agency's top cyber defender said today. Combining aspects of NSA, the FBI and the Homeland Security Department into one cyber defense organization...