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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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Deterring Russian Hacking Will Take More Than Latest Sanctions, Experts Say

April 6, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sanctions the Trump administration announced Friday against Russian government officials and oligarchs are a major step forward in U.S. efforts to curb Russian cyber aggression. Those sanctions alone, however, are unlikely to change Russian behavior in cyberspace, Russia watchers told Nextgov. “It’s a start, but this is a long campaign...

White House: Government Identity Verification Tools Aren’t Meeting The Threat

April 6, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House issued a mammoth directive ordering agencies to update their identity verification policies, but the document mostly outlines agency responsibilities and includes no firm deadlines. The Friday order on “Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Agencies through Improved Identity, Credential, and Access Management” comes as hackers are increasingly using...

Huawei Pushes Back On FCC Efforts to Bar It From U.S. Networks

April 5, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Chinese telecom Huawei shot back Wednesday at a Federal Communications Commission proposal that would make it more difficult for telephone and internet companies to buy the company’s products. The statement follows several months of claims by federal and congressional officials that Huawei is too closely tied to the Chinese...

GAO: Medicare Agency Isn’t Doing Enough to Ensure Beneficiary Data Is Secure

April 5, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Health and Human Services division that manages Medicare and Medicaid data hasn’t established special security rules for health care researchers that access beneficiaries’ data, an auditor said Thursday. Those researchers must follow broad rules that apply to all government data but, unlike Medicare contractors, they aren’t required to follow...

Here’s What Government Gets Wrong About Bug Bounties

April 4, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Bug bounties are hot in government right now, but the craze may be outpacing the contests’ actual usefulness, bug bounty practitioners tell Nextgov. The Defense Department has launched four of the ethical hacking contests, which were first popularized at major tech firms and offer cash rewards in exchange for spotting...

White House Lags Far Behind on Email Security Benchmark

April 4, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow More than 95 percent of White House email domains lack a security feature that prevents them from being used in massive phishing attacks, according to a Wednesday report from a cybersecurity industry group. The Homeland Security Department mandated those email protections across government in October with a January deadline, but...

$380 Million in Election Security Money Coming Soon to States

March 30, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Election Assistance Commission is scurrying to get a massive infusion of election security money appropriated last week out to states in time for the 2018 midterm elections. The last-minute omnibus spending bill, which President Trump signed March 23, included $380 million to shore up security vulnerabilities in state and...

Inspector General Confirms Investigation into HHS Cyber Center

March 29, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Health and Human Services Department’s inspector general has indeed launched an investigation into the department’s fledgling cyber operations center, a spokeswoman confirmed to Nextgov Wednesday. The office declined to provide any other details about the investigation into the Healthcare Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, or HCCIC, except to say...

The FBI Didn’t Explore All Options Before Trying to Force Apple to Break Into an Encrypted iPhone

March 28, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow FBI officials didn’t investigate all their options and didn’t communicate effectively about possible alternatives before deciding Apple should help them crack into an encrypted iPhone used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook in 2015, according to a Tuesday inspector general’s report. The FBI did not intentionally mislead either Congress or...

U.S. Seeks to Dismiss Kaspersky Suit Against Legislative Ban

March 27, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Justice Department fired back at the anti-virus company Kaspersky Lab Monday, saying Congress wasn’t illegally meting out punishment when it barred the Russian firm from government contracts, but was making a perfectly legal move to protect national security. Kaspersky claims that Congress violated the constitution by singling out a...