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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 Seeks to Reboot Relationship with Election Officials as Cyber Fears Loom in 2018

March 29, 2017 The Homeland Security Department plans to meet with a task force of state election officials in the next few months in an effort to iron out disagreements over DHS’ designation of election systems as critical infrastructure, a department official said Wednesday. That designation, made weeks after the 2016 presidential election...

DHS Cyber Strategy Delayed for Trump Team Review

March 29, 2017 A congressionally mandated Homeland Security Department cybersecurity strategy is waiting to be reviewed by Trump administration officials and the agency’s new leadership, DHS’ acting cybersecurity lead told lawmakers Tuesday. The strategy, which was mandated by a major defense policy bill, was due March 23. “We are working on the cybersecurity...

House Vote Ensures Rollback of Internet Privacy Rules

March 28, 2017 House lawmakers voted Tuesday to remove restrictions that prevent internet service providers from selling customers’ personal browsing information to advertisers, virtually guaranteeing repeal of the protections. The vote would roll back Obama-era Federal Communications Commission rules that prevent internet service providers from selling customer information to advertisers as web giants...

DHS Cyber Strategy Delayed for Trump Team Review

March 28, 2017 A congressionally mandated Homeland Security Department cybersecurity strategy is waiting to be reviewed by Trump administration officials and the agency’s new leadership, DHS’ acting cybersecurity lead told lawmakers Tuesday. The strategy, which was mandated by a major defense policy bill, was due March 23. “We are working on the cybersecurity...

Digital Rights Group Plans to Publicize Lawmakers who Oppose Internet Privacy Rules

March 27, 2017 A digital rights advocacy group that has launched unconventional public relations campaigns to defeat controversial internet legislation in the past plans to purchase billboards publicizing which lawmakers voted to remove new internet privacy rules imposed on service providers. A mockup of the Fight for the Future-funded billboard declares “They betrayed...

International Group Sees New Niche for Bringing Stability to Cyberspace

March 24, 2017 The Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace, launched in Munich last month, joins a complex tapestry of international bodies trying to impose rules of the road on the wild west of cyberspace. What the Global Commission can add to the mix, Chairwoman Marina Kaljurand told Nextgov recently, is a...

Feds Skeptical About Security of Their Agencies’ Internet-Connected Devices

March 22, 2017 Nearly 90 percent of federal managers believe securing internet of things devices, such as sensors and smart technology, is essential to their agency’s mission, but just over 40 percent are confident these devices are truly secure, a new survey found. Major challenges prevent government from adequately securing the smart devices...

Revamp DHS Cyber Authorities, Former Officials Urge Congress

March 22, 2017 A quartet of former government cyber specialists stood behind a congressional proposal to elevate the Homeland Security Department’s cyber mission during a Wednesday hearing, saying structural barriers currently hinder the department from doing its best to defend government networks. That proposal, championed by House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul,...

Once Stealthy, Russian Hackers Now Go Toe to Toe with US Defenders

March 22, 2017 In late 2015, an adversary nation-state’s hackers cracked into one of the U.S. government’s unclassified national security systems and set about extracting information. That’s nothing out of the ordinary. When the U.S. government network defenders discovered the hackers, however, instead of taking flight as they normally do, the attackers stuck...

Once Stealthy, Russian Hackers Now Go Toe to Toe with U.S. Defenders

March 21, 2017 Editor's note: This article was updated April 3 to clarify when the NSA engaged in the defense of the unclassified network. Click here for more details. In 2014, an adversary nation-state’s hackers cracked into one of the U.S. government’s unclassified national security systems and set about extracting information. That’s nothing...