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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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Candidate Trump Criticized Obama's Cyber Doctrine. President Trump Continues It.

August 31, 2017 President Donald Trump promised big changes on cybersecurity after his election. During the Obama administration, the nation’s cybersecurity was “run by people that don’t know what they’re doing,” the president said during a post-election press conference. The Trump administration, he promised, would gather “some of the greatest computer minds anywhere...

Tillerson to Slash Cyber Office, Other Special Envoys

August 29, 2017 Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gave formal notice to Congress Monday that he plans to shutter the department’s cyber coordinator office and roll some of its responsibilities into the economics bureau. The plan to close the Obama-era office had been rumored since Cyber Coordinator Chris Painter abruptly stepped down in...

Traffic Safety Agency Needs to Clarify Connected Car Authority, Audit Says

August 28, 2017 The government’s top car safety regulator is sending the auto industry mixed messages about its role regarding customer privacy protections for internet-connected vehicles, a government watchdog said Monday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has no specific authority to regulate how car companies treat consumers’ personal information, but the regulator...

Senate Intel Bill Bars Creation of U.S.-Russia Cyber Working Group

August 25, 2017 A major intelligence policy bill would bar President Donald Trump from establishing a cybersecurity working group with Russia and order top administration officials to develop a plan to counter Russian meddling in future U.S. elections. The Senate Intelligence Committee approved a draft of the bill in late July but only...

Trump Cybersecurity Advisers Resign In 'Moral' Protest

August 25, 2017 More than one-quarter of a panel tasked with advising the Homeland Security Department on cybersecurity and infrastructure protection resigned en masse Monday, citing President Donald Trump’s “insufficient attention” to the nation’s cyber vulnerabilities, among other complaints. Resigning members of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council also cited the president’s failure to...

Trump’s Lack of ‘Moral Infrastructure’ Causes Cyber Advisers to Resign

August 24, 2017 More than one-quarter of a panel tasked with advising the Homeland Security Department on cybersecurity and infrastructure protection resigned en masse Monday, citing President Donald Trump’s “insufficient attention” to the nation’s cyber vulnerabilities, among other complaints. Resigning members of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council also cited the president’s failure to...

Democrats Attempt to Save State Department’s Cyber Office

August 24, 2017 An amendment to a spending bill filed by six Democrats recently would block Secretary of State Rex Tillerson from shuttering his department’s cyber wing. The State Department’s first and only cyber coordinator, Chris Painter, abruptly left the office at the end of July and Tillerson is reportedly considering folding the...

Washington, Not Silicon Valley, Leads the Way in Cybersecurity

August 23, 2017 It’s a common trope that government has a lot to learn from Silicon Valley when it comes to technology. But in cybersecurity, Washington is leading the way in many respects. When federal leaders and lawmakers praise industry’s tech savvy, they're usually talking about innovation, flexibility and speed to market. IT...

Time's Running Out to Prevent a Massive Cyberattack on Critical Infrastructure

August 22, 2017 U.S. infrastructure is in “a pre-9/11 moment” when it comes to cybersecurity and time is running short to shore up its cyber defenses, an industry advisory committee warned Tuesday. If government and industry don’t dramatically boost their efforts to protect critical infrastructure, such as the financial system or electric grids,...

Time’s Running Out to Prevent a Massive Cyberattack on Critical Infrastructure, Advisory Group Says

August 22, 2017 U.S. infrastructure is in “a pre-9/11 moment” when it comes to cybersecurity and time is running short to shore up its cyber defenses, an industry advisory committee warned Tuesday. If government and industry don’t dramatically boost their efforts to protect critical infrastructure, such as the financial system or electric grids,...