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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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OPM Confirms Digital Personnel Files Offline Until End of Month

July 27, 2017 The Office of Personnel Management has pulled employee personnel folders offline while the agency conducts a two-week “computing center upgrade,” a spokeswoman told Nextgov Monday. The outage started July 14 and the files are scheduled to be back online by the end of the month, the spokeswoman said. OPM did...

New Bill Would Help Feds Victimized by Data Breaches

July 27, 2017 Legislation introduced by three D.C.-area lawmakers Wednesday would create an interagency working group to assist federal employees who are victims of data breaches or other cyber mischief. That working group would be led by an “interagency cyber victim response coordinator” who would also report annually to Congress on the office’s...

House Panel Passes Bills to Reorganize DHS Cyber Team and Collect Zero-Day Info

July 26, 2017 The House Homeland Security Committee forwarded legislation Wednesday to reorganize and clarify the Homeland Security Department’s cybersecurity operations. The committee also forwarded a bill requiring a DHS report on when and how the government discloses newfound hackable computer vulnerabilities. Similar legislation to the DHS reorganization was scuttled last year by...

IT Modernization Gets Nod, But No Money, In House Funding Bills

July 25, 2017 Government funding bills that are heading to the House floor this week don’t include money for a House-passed bill to upgrade government technology systems but “recognizes the importance” of those legislative efforts. It would be unusual for a House appropriations bill to include funding for a project that has not...

DHS to Pitch in on Cybersecurity for Olympic Games

July 24, 2017 The Homeland Security Department will pitch in to ensure the cybersecurity of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, according to a joint statement from the U.S. and Japanese governments released Monday. The statement also announced a new joint training effort related to digital protections on industrial control systems that operate...

DHS Cyber Reorg, NIST Funding and Ethical Hacking Make Congress' Calendar

July 21, 2017 Cyber and technology Hill watchers will have a belt buckle-busting meal laid out for them this week. Appetizer: On Tuesday, a Senate Appropriations subcommittee will mark up a funding bill that covers key cyber components at the Commerce and Justice departments. That same funding bill will go before the full...

Trump Orders Extensive Study of Defense Industrial Base

July 21, 2017 President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to launch a cross-government study of whether the country’s manufacturers can fully supply the military’s needs during a war or lower-level conflict, officials said Friday. The review will investigate whether there are enough manufacturers to supply everything from submarine propeller blades to...

Trump Orders Extensive Study of Defense Industrial Base

July 21, 2017 President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to launch a cross-government study of whether the country’s manufacturers can fully supply the military’s needs during a war or lower-level conflict, officials said Friday. The review will investigate whether there are enough manufacturers to supply everything from submarine propeller blades to...

Cyber-Heavy DHS Reauthorization Bill Passes House

July 20, 2017 A bill that would reauthorize the Homeland Security Department for the first time in its nearly 15-year history and beef up cyber protections at ports and airports passed the House of Representatives Thursday. The reauthorization bill, which was long championed by House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, would direct...

Justice Department Takes Drug War to Dark Web Markets

July 20, 2017 Justice Department, FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration officials announced the takedown Thursday of AlphaBay, a dark web marketplace trafficking in drugs and child pornography that officials said was 10 times larger than the Silk Road marketplace law enforcement dismantled in 2013. More than 40,000 vendors offered 250,000 listings for drugs...