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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 May Fast-Track Bug Bounties But Hit Brakes on Election Security

June 6, 2017 The Homeland Security Department may not wait for a legislative push before starting a bug bounty program, Secretary John Kelly told lawmakers Tuesday. Bug bounties are cash rewards organizations offer to ethical hackers who spot exploitable flaws in their systems. They’re common at major tech companies and have been done...

Task Force Urges a Cyber Coordinator for Health Care

June 5, 2017 The Health and Human Services Department should have a single point person to coordinate cybersecurity initiatives with the health care industry, according to a recent report. That cyber coordinator should be responsible for working with industry to assess cybersecurity risks and ensuring government efforts to improve health care cybersecurity aren’t...

How Should the U.S. Build a Cyber Workforce of the Future?

June 5, 2017 The education division of the government’s cybersecurity standards agency is days away from releasing a request for public input about how best to train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals, an official said Monday. The information request follows an executive order President Donald Trump released in May that required a...

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...