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Joseph Marks

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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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Equifax Breach Prompts Renewed Calls for National Breach Notification Standard

September 18, 2017 Cyber-focused lawmakers are taking advantage of the public outcry over the massive Equifax breach to renew calls for a nationwide standard for when companies must disclose a data breach. Cybersecurity Caucus Co-founder Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., reintroduced the Personal Data Notification and Protection Act with co-sponsor Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif.,...

House Foreign Affairs Leaders Push to Save State Cyber Office

September 15, 2017 The State Department’s cyber office, which Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced plans to shutter last month, would be made permanent under legislation offered Thursday by the top Republican and Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The Cyber Diplomacy Act would create a permanent Office of Cyber Issues in...

Future Navy Accident Investigations Will Look for Cyber Attacks

September 15, 2017 Rampant internet speculation aside, there’s no evidence yet that any hostile electronic breach led to recent U.S. Navy mishaps, according to the admiral who leads the service’s cyber operations. In fact, it was mostly to put such speculation to rest that Vice Adm. Jan Tighe said she dispatched a small...

Government Plans On-the-Spot Hiring Event for Cyber, Tech Positions

September 14, 2017 The government will host its first major tech and cyber recruitment event in November in an effort to fill hundreds of open jobs across at least 20 federal agencies, the General Services Administration said Thursday. Applicants who register in advance and go through pre-screening could be offered tentative positions on...

Future US Navy Accident Investigations Will Look for Cyber Attacks

September 14, 2017 Rampant internet speculation aside, there’s no evidence yet that any hostile electronic breach led to recent U.S. Navy mishaps, according to the admiral who leads the service’s cyber operations. In fact, it was mostly to put such speculation to rest that Vice Adm. Jan Tighe said she dispatched a small...

Federal Trade Commission is Investigating Equifax Breach

September 14, 2017 The government’s consumer cop is investigating whether the credit rating agency Equifax was negligent in allowing the personal information of 143 million Americans to be compromised, a spokesman said Thursday. The move could mark the Federal Trade Commission’s first major cyber enforcement action during the Trump administration. Numerous lawmakers had...

House Panel Moves Bill Urging Federal Buyers to Consider Quality, Not Just Cost

September 13, 2017 The number of federal contracts that use the lowest-priced bid as their major deciding factor would be substantially limited under legislation forwarded by House Oversight lawmakers Wednesday. The Promoting Value Based Procurement Act would discourage agencies from relying on “lowest price technically acceptable” contracts unless the contracting officer has demonstrated...

Trump Administration Orders US Government To Delete All Kaspersky Software

September 13, 2017 Federal agencies have three months to identify and begin removing all products made by the Russian anti-virus software firm Kaspersky Labs from their systems, according to a U.S. Homeland Security Department directive issued Wednesday. The directive comes after a months-long campaign by top government security officials to highlight the Moscow-based...

Trump Administration Orders Russian Anti-virus Off All Government Systems

September 13, 2017 Federal agencies have three months to identify and begin removing all products from the Russian anti-virus software firm Kaspersky Labs from their systems, according to a Homeland Security Department directive issued Wednesday. The directive comes after a months-long campaign by top government security officials highlighting the Moscow-based firm’s possible Kremlin...

Energy Dept Spends $33M to Harden Grid Against Network, Kinetic Attack

September 13, 2017 The Energy Department announced a roughly $33 million investment Tuesday in seven projects aimed at securing the electric grid against cyberattacks, physical attacks and weather disasters. The projects are designed both to make grid systems more secure against cyberattacks and to improve their ability to withstand a cyberattack, according to...