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Joseph Marks

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Joseph Marks
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.
Policy

Congress Resets Shutdown Clock

Lawmakers get rebuffed trying to delay the coming net neutrality vote and start asking questions about kids using Facebook’s messaging app.

Cybersecurity

LA Cyber Center Hopes to be a Model for Cities Nationwide

During the past four years, Los Angeles has centralized its cyber operations using models developed by the federal government and industry sectors.

Cybersecurity

Cyber Pro Confirmed as Homeland Security Secretary

Kirstjen Nielsen has a more extensive cybersecurity background than any previous Homeland Security leader.

Policy

Congress Wrestles with Shutdown Deadline and Data Breach Drama

Lawmakers also introduced a bill to curb revenge porn.

Policy

Policy Opens the Door for Smartphone Use in Classified Settings

Mobile devices will still be banned from facilities where highly classified information is shared.

Cybersecurity

GAO Asks: Exactly How Does CYBERCOM Help After Cyberattacks?

The Pentagon failed to describe how it’s training to support civil authorities when a major cyber strike comes, the watchdog agency said.

Cybersecurity

FBI, DHS Warn of Hacker Mercenaries Funded by Nation-States

Lawmakers also are considering giving Homeland Security more authority to test anti-drone tech.

Cybersecurity

Homeland Security Told States About Russian Hacking Attempts with a Phone Script

There was one script for states that were probed by Russian hackers and another for those that weren’t, an official said.

Cybersecurity

The Pluses and Perils of Trump's Cyber Strategy

Continuity on most cyber policies masks a growing erosion of global cyber norms.

Cybersecurity

All Major Agencies Will Be on Federal Cybersecurity Dashboard by February

The dashboard will help government cyber officials work faster when a new bug is discovered.

Cybersecurity

Government Has Completed Phase Two of Kaspersky Ban

Agencies have all scanned their systems for the Russian anti-virus and drafted plans to replace it.

Cybersecurity

Federal Waste Report Says Government Dropped the Ball on Using Kaspersky Software

The long-delay before agencies were ordered to remove Kaspersky reflects a dangerous inefficiency in government, Sen. James Lankford says.

Policy

GAO: Federal CIO Shirking Oversight Responsibilities On Critical Projects

The lack of CIO involvement in major projects could allow them to slide off the rails, GAO says.

Cybersecurity

Senate Bill Seeks $1.8 Billion for DHS’ Cyber Mission

The funding includes $731 million to maintain and upgrade the cybersecurity of federal computer networks.

Policy

House Democrats Put $400 Million Price Tag on Election Security

State and local governments need money, not words, to shore up security, a panel of House Democrats said.

Policy

Continuing Resolution on Congress' Post-Holiday To-Do List

Congress moved along IT modernization and defense authorization bills but still faces funding the government.

Policy

Homeland Security Has A Plan To Fight Zombie Devices

The report urges more public-private cooperation on botnet takedowns and more and better cyber standards.

Cybersecurity

House Panel Investigates Retaliation Against HHS Cyber Leads

Leaders of the HHS cyber center were reassigned amid allegations of contracting misconduct.

Policy

Bill to Restore State Department Cyber Office Advances

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson shuttered the office in September.

Policy

White House Discloses Rules on Weaponizing Software Vulnerabilities

The administration will publish an annual report on how it decides whether to hoard or disclose newfound cyber vulnerabilities.