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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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America's Security Clearance System Is Broken, Former Spy Chief Clapper Says

April 27, 2017 The government’s failure thus far to fix long delays and dangerous imprecision in the government’s security clearance and vetting system is one of James Clapper’s greatest regrets from his time in office, the former Director of National Intelligence said Wednesday. Clapper’s 6-year tenure included National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s...

Former Intel Director: ‘The Clearance System We Have is Broken’

April 26, 2017 The government’s failure thus far to fix long delays and dangerous imprecision in the government’s security clearance and vetting system is one of James Clapper’s greatest regrets from his time in office, the former Director of National Intelligence said Wednesday. Clapper’s 6-year tenure included National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s...

Congressional Staffers to Get Cybersecurity Crash Course

April 26, 2017 The National Cyber Security Alliance and Google will be giving congressional staff a primer on information security Wednesday, an official said. The Google-funded Lock Down Your Login event is part of a larger cybersecurity public awareness campaign announced through former President Barack Obama’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan, NCSA Government Relations...

Trump Appoints Secret Service Director as Congress Questions Cyber Mission

April 25, 2017 A top official with U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be the next director of the Secret Service, the White House announced Tuesday. Randolph Alles is the CBP’s acting deputy commissioner and was formerly a major general in the U.S. Marine Corps. The appointment comes about two months after previous...

White House Wants to Bake Security Into New IT Projects

April 25, 2017 President Donald Trump’s top cybersecurity advisor will be pitching in on a government modernization program led by the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner to ensure security is built into any new government tools from the beginning, he said Monday. Kushner’s Office of American Innovation has numerous tasks including combating opioid addiction...

White House Cyber Czar to Play Role in Kushner Innovation Office

April 24, 2017 President Donald Trump’s top cybersecurity advisor will be pitching in on a government modernization program led by the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner to ensure security is built into any new government tools from the beginning, he said Monday. Kushner’s Office of American Innovation has numerous tasks including combating opioid addiction...

A Cyber Threat Sharing Group for Mariachi Bands? Maybe One Day.

April 24, 2017 In a 2015 executive order, President Barack Obama laid out a vision for a plethora of organizations dotting the nation that would share cyber threat information along with guidance, tips and best practices. The big idea for these cybersecurity “information sharing and analysis organizations” was basically to replicate “information sharing...

Want to Rank Devices’ Cybersecurity? Here’s How to Do it.

April 20, 2017 Want to tell consumers how cybersecure their internet-connected cars, cameras and toasters are? That might be harder than it looks, a cybersecurity think tank said Thursday. Creating such a rating system is an “excellent idea,” the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology said in Thursday’s analysis. It will be far more...

Advice to Trump: Top Cybersecurity Talent Costs Money

April 19, 2017 The Trump administration should revamp the way the government hires, pays and retains cybersecurity talent, a major information security accrediting organization said Wednesday. That includes expanding a pay incentive program within the Homeland Security Department’s cyber operations division that offers a 20 to 25 percent pay bump for new cyber...

Government Needs ‘Heavy Artillery’ for Cyberspace, DHS Chief Says

April 19, 2017 The government must upgrade the digital weapons it uses to defend federal networks from nation-state and criminal hackers, Homeland Security Secretary Gen. John Kelly said Tuesday. Kelly cited “nation-state actors with extremely sophisticated tools,” “lone wolves” and “cyber terrorists that simply buy malware on the internet” as top cyber adversaries...