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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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Lawmakers’ Personal Devices Need Better Security, House Member Says

February 13, 2017 House members’ use of personal phones and home Wi-Fi networks for official business leaves congressional information far too vulnerable to hackers, one lawmaker says. That’s why the House Administration Committee should develop a plan to secure these personal devices and networks and give all members a classified briefing on information...

Water Treatment Plant Hack Kicks Off RSA Conference

February 13, 2017 This year’s RSA cybersecurity conference in San Francisco kicked off Monday with a simulated ransomware attack on a water treatment plant and a new study showing nearly half of Americans think the U.S. is more vulnerable to cyberattacks under President Donald Trump. The ransomware attack was launched by researchers at...

House Science Democrats Want to Investigate White House Cyber Vulnerabilities

February 9, 2017 Democratic members of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee want Republican leaders to investigate cybersecurity lapses by the Trump White House, according to a Thursday letter. The letter is the latest thrust in a Democratic push to highlight irresponsible cybersecurity practices by the new administration after an election in...

There's Cyberwar and Then There's the Big Legal Gray Area

February 9, 2017 The Russian government-backed hacks of Democratic political organizations that upended the 2016 presidential contest represent the sort of legal gray area U.S. adversaries will continue to exploit if nations don’t create rules of the road in cyberspace, the director of an updated manual on international cyber law said Wednesday. The...

Government Must Pick Between Bad Options in Encryption Debate

February 8, 2017 There are no good options for government in the debate over encrypted communication systems, a top Washington think tank declared Thursday. But the worst option by far would be for government to merely fret about the issue while tech companies, authoritarian nations, terrorists and cyber criminals take the lead, according...

Elections Systems Are Critical Infrastructure, DHS Chief Affirms

February 8, 2017 Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly wants to continue treating election systems as critical infrastructure, retaining a controversial designation made late in the Obama administration, he told lawmakers Tuesday. Kelly’s predecessor Jeh Johnson designated federal and state election and voting systems as critical infrastructure during the final days of the Obama...

The US Does An About-Face on New Cyber Norms

February 7, 2017 A United Nations cybersecurity experts group meeting this month in Geneva should focus on encouraging UN member states to adopt existing cyber rules of the road and confidence-building measures rather than developing new ones, the U.S. delegate said Monday. That’s a significant shift from a 2015 series of Group of...

DHS Secretary Sides with Obama on Protecting Election Systems

February 7, 2017 Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly wants to continue treating election systems as critical infrastructure, retaining a controversial designation made late in the Obama administration, he told lawmakers Tuesday. Kelly’s predecessor Jeh Johnson designated federal and state election and voting systems as critical infrastructure during the final days of the Obama...

House Approves Bill Requiring Warrants for All Police Email Searches

February 7, 2017 The House passed legislation for the second time Monday that would require law enforcement to obtain a warrant before demanding any emails regardless of how old they are. Under a 1980s law, the Justice Department and other agencies can currently obtain emails more than six months old with only a...

New International Cyber Rules Likely Off the Table for UN Experts Group

February 6, 2017 A United Nations cybersecurity experts group meeting this month in Geneva should focus on encouraging UN member states to adopt existing cyber rules of the road and confidence-building measures rather than developing new ones, the U.S. delegate said Monday. That’s a significant shift from a 2015 series of Group of...

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