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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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House Cyber Leader Wants to Give Equifax the Kaspersky Treatment

October 5, 2017 A congressional cyber leader wants the Homeland Security Department to use the same authority it used to ban Kaspersky software from government systems to cancel a $7 million IRS contract with the breached credit rating agency Equifax. Equifax, which recently disclosed a data breach that compromised information about more than...

DHS Forms Election Security Task Force

October 4, 2017 The Homeland Security Department formed an election security task force last week to help shore up state and local voting infrastructure, a top official told lawmakers Tuesday. That task force will draw resources and expertise from across the department, including Homeland Security’s intelligence and analysis division, acting undersecretary for the...

Senate Intel Leaders Slam DHS Communication with State Election Officials

October 4, 2017 Senate Intelligence Committee leaders slammed the Homeland Security Department Wednesday for its long delay sharing information about Russian efforts to penetrate state election systems with those states’ top election officials. Homeland Security formally notified 21 states last month that it believed their systems had been probed by Russian government-linked hackers...

DHS Forms Election Security Task Force

October 3, 2017 The Homeland Security Department formed an election security task force last week to help shore up state and local voting infrastructure, a top official told lawmakers Tuesday. That task force will draw resources and expertise from across the department, including Homeland Security’s intelligence and analysis division, acting undersecretary for the...

State Election Officials Still Angry But Ready to Work With DHS

October 3, 2017 When Connie Lawson became president of the association of top state election officials in July, she inherited a boiling conflict between states and the federal government stemming from Russia’s digital efforts to undermine the 2016 election. In the wake of that election, the Homeland Security Department extended critical infrastructure protections...

Two People's Information Compromised in SEC Data Breach

October 2, 2017 Only two people’s personal information was compromised in a 2016 breach of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s online filing system, the agency announced Monday. It’s still not clear, however, whether hackers of the EDGAR filing system used the spoils of that breach to trade stocks and other financial instruments based...

State Election Officials Still Angry but Ready to Work with DHS

October 2, 2017 When Connie Lawson became president of the association of top state election officials in July, she inherited a boiling conflict between states and the federal government stemming from Russia’s digital efforts to undermine the 2016 election. In the wake of that election, the Homeland Security Department extended critical infrastructure protections...

Soon, DHS Will Have Eyes on Computer Vulnerabilities Across the Government

October 2, 2017 The Homeland Security Department will begin standing up a dashboard in October that shows cyber officials what software is running across most of the civilian federal government and points out dangerous vulnerabilities, a top department official said Friday. The dashboard will allow defenders at Homeland Security’s cyber operations center to...

Soon, DHS Will Have Eyes on Computer Vulnerabilities Across the Government

September 29, 2017 The Homeland Security Department will begin standing up a dashboard in October that shows cyber officials what software is running across most of the civilian federal government and points out dangerous vulnerabilities, a top department official said Friday. The dashboard will allow defenders at Homeland Security’s cyber operations center to...

Congress Should Consider Election Security Standards, Obama DHS Officials Say

September 28, 2017 Congress should seriously consider requiring states to allow the federal government to audit their election systems for cyber vulnerabilities, former President Barack Obama’s Homeland Security Secretary told Democratic lawmakers Thursday. Or, Congress might also consider legislating “certain federal minimum standards for the cybersecurity of our democracy,” former Secretary Jeh Johnson...