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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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DHS Lags on Some FITARA Benchmarks

May 18, 2017 The Homeland Security Department is lagging on at least three key requirements to improve how it buys technology, according to a watchdog report released Thursday. DHS isn’t sufficiently leveraging TechStat, an Obama-era process for soup-to-nuts reviews of troubled technology investments, according to the Government Accountability Office review. The department is...

White House Adviser Wants to Move Cyber Risk Decisions Up the Chain

May 18, 2017 A key goal of President Donald Trump’s recent cybersecurity executive order is to manage cyber risk on a governmentwide level rather than allowing agencies to make ad hoc determinations, the president’s top cyber adviser told an advisory board Thursday. Currently, as a result of either budget constraints or poor cyber...

These Homeland Security Cyber Tools Are Now Available for Private Sector

May 16, 2017 When an organization’s IT staff members are alerted about a possible cyber intrusion, they jump into detective mode, poring over reams of data to figure out what changed in the minutes, days and weeks before the alarm bell sounded. But the data these detectives have to work with is often...

White House: No U.S. Federal Systems Hit By WannaCry Ransomware

May 15, 2017 A massive ransomware offensive that raged across 150 countries has not hit any U.S. federal agencies or critical infrastructure such as energy plants and airports, President Donald Trump’s top homeland security adviser said Monday. The campaign has struck more than 300,000 machines globally, Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert said during...

NIST Unveils 'Framework Meets FISMA' Cyber Best Practices

May 15, 2017 The government’s cyber standards agency released draft guidance Friday outlining cybersecurity best practices for federal agencies. The long-planned initiative came just one day after President Donald Trump issued an executive order mandating federal agencies implement a cybersecurity framework that agency, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, developed or face...

GSA Tech Office Launches Bug Bounty Program

May 12, 2017 The cybersecurity company that ran a bug bounty program for the Army and is running ongoing programs for the Pentagon and Air Force will run a similar program for the government’s technology user experience wing, that office announced Friday. The program run by HackerOne will offer cash rewards ranging from...

Trump Releases Long-Delayed Cyber Order

May 11, 2017 President Donald Trump signed a long-delayed cybersecurity executive order today that mandates federal agencies follow cybersecurity best practices and that top agency leaders be held accountable for breaches. The order is broadly similar to a draft circulated to industry and cyber experts several weeks ago. It was delayed, in part,...

FBI Rank and File Had Confidence in Comey, Acting Director Says

May 11, 2017 Frontline FBI agents and analysts had not lost faith in fired FBI Director James Comey’s ability to lead the agency, contrary to the assertion of White House officials, the bureau’s acting director told lawmakers Thursday. White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders justified President Donald Trump’s Tuesday firing of...

Trump Releases Long-Delayed Cyber Order

May 11, 2017 Editor's note: This article was updated with comments from former White House official Michael Daniel. President Donald Trump signed a long-delayed cybersecurity executive order today that mandates federal agencies follow cybersecurity best practices and that top agency leaders be held accountable for breaches. The order is broadly similar to a...

Security Clearance Bureau Making Progress But No Timeline to End Backlog

May 10, 2017 The National Background Investigations Bureau has made significant progress hiring investigators and developing new tools but does not have a deadline yet for when it will clear out a substantial backlog in clearance seekers, an official said Wednesday. Those wait times typically extend more than 200 days for an initial...