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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 Cuts Cyber Coordinator Role But Lawmakers Say Not So Fast

May 16, 2018 Lawmakers pushed back Wednesday on news that National Security Adviser John Bolton has decided to eliminate the White House cybersecurity coordinator role, which was recently held by Rob Joyce. Within hours of the news breaking, Reps. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., and Ted Lieu, D-Calif., introduced legislation that would reinstate the coordinator’s...

Homeland Security Unveils New Cyber Strategy

May 16, 2018 The Homeland Security Department plans to take a more muscular approach to cybersecurity in coming months, including by establishing clearer consequences for federal agencies that don’t adopt best practices, according to an updated cybersecurity strategy released Wednesday. Homeland Security is the government’s lead civilian agency for cybersecurity but has struggled...

White House Cuts Cyber Coordinator Role But Lawmakers Say Not So Fast

May 15, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lawmakers pushed back Wednesday on news that National Security Adviser John Bolton has decided to eliminate the White House cybersecurity coordinator role, which was recently held by Rob Joyce. Within hours of the news breaking, Reps. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., and Ted Lieu, D-Calif., introduced legislation that would reinstate the coordinator’s...

Homeland Security Flexes Muscles with New Cybersecurity Strategy

May 15, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department plans to take a more muscular approach to cybersecurity in coming months, including by establishing clearer consequences for federal agencies that don’t adopt best practices, according to an updated cybersecurity strategy released Wednesday. Homeland Security is the government’s lead civilian agency for cybersecurity but has struggled...

Agency That Vets Pentagon Contractors’ Security Isn’t Keeping Up With the Threat, Audit Finds

May 14, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon agency responsible for vetting contractors that handle classified information isn’t keeping up with the threat, according to an auditor’s report released Monday. The Defense Security Service, or DSS, is responsible for vetting the security of over 12,000 contractor facilities, but could only accomplish about 60 percent of its...

Stringrays, Blocked Nominations and a Ton of Tech Bills

May 14, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow We guarantee you missed at least one of these things last week and this week is looking just as busy. Wyden Blocks Krebs Nomination Over Stingrays Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is blocking the nomination of Chris Krebs to lead the Homeland Security Department’s cybersecurity and infrastructure protection division until the...

Lawmakers Reintroduce Bill to Bar Government Encryption Backdoors

May 10, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A bipartisan sextet of House lawmakers reintroduced a bill Thursday that would bar the government from forcing communications providers to install law enforcement backdoors in their encryption systems. The bill comes just three days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions told a law enforcement conference in Arizona that legislation may be...

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...