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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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Health Data Security Tops HHS' List of Challenges

June 2, 2017 Enhancing the cybersecurity of the Health and Human Service Department will be a top challenge in the coming year, according to a report to Congress released this week. The amount and complexity of HHS data makes it difficult for the department to adequately protect that data from hackers and from...

Banking Insurance Agency is Weak on Cybersecurity

June 1, 2017 The government agency that insures banks against devastating losses isn’t doing enough to secure its sensitive financial information from cyber intruders, a government watchdog said Wednesday. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has made strides to protect its information, according to the Government Accountability Office report, but those protections remain “significant[ly]...

NIST Wants to Protect Internet Traffic from Hijacking and Spying

May 31, 2017 The government’s cybersecurity standards agency is seeking public feedback on a slate of recommendations for better ensuring the security of internet traffic routing. The planned “cybersecurity practice guide” will detail best practices for protecting internet traffic from various cyberattacks that rely on rerouting web traffic to points where it can...

Here’s How Agencies Should Implement Trump’s Cyber Order

May 31, 2017 Agency directors can designate a subordinate to be accountable for ensuring the cybersecurity of agency networks rather than taking full responsibility themselves, according to recent White House guidance. The guidance follows a mid-May executive order from President Donald Trump that declared agency heads “will be held accountable by the President...

DNC is Hiring a CTO

May 30, 2017 The Democratic National Committee is hiring a chief technology officer responsible for both using technology to aid fundraising and political campaigns and ensuring party information remains secure. The role will oversee numerous information security staff, including a chief information security officer, according to a job posting. The hire comes after...

These Senators Want You to Hack DHS

May 26, 2017 Ethical hackers may soon be able to probe for digital weaknesses at the government’s top civilian cybersecurity agency. Sens. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, introduced a bill Friday that would launch a pilot program offering cash rewards to hackers who discover vulnerabilities in Homeland Security Department websites and...

U.S. Embassies Lag on Digital Security

May 26, 2017 Information security staff in U.S. embassies and consulates are falling down on the job, according to an inspector general’s audit out this week. State’s internal auditors reviewed information security at 51 overseas posts between fiscal years 2014 and 2016 and found one-third of them, 17 posts, weren’t performing basic tasks...

DHS Secretary Promises Report on Russian Antivirus Use at Agency

May 25, 2017 Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., wants a report from the Homeland Security Department about all instances of Russian-founded Kaspersky Lab's antivirus software on computer systems used by DHS or its contractors, he told Secretary John Kelly on Thursday. Kelly believes Kaspersky antivirus does run on some DHS systems, he said, but...

Impersonated Net Neutrality Commenters Want FCC Investigation

May 25, 2017 People who say their personal information was used to spam a Federal Communications Commission comments site are asking the commission to remove those comments and investigate how they got there. The comments site in question has become a battleground for supporters and opponents of Trump administration efforts to roll back...

Safe From WannaCry? Thank the Government.

May 24, 2017 The government played an active role in keeping the U.S. largely safe from the WannaCry ransomware attack that targeted hundreds of thousands of computers across the globe, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Wednesday. In a hearing before a House Appropriations Committee panel, Kelly described a rapid-fire Situation Room meeting...