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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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Trump Team is Floating Cyber Executive Order to Industry

March 6, 2017 Industry officials are reviewing a long-delayed Trump administration cybersecurity executive order, one official said Monday, a sign the order may be released soon. President Donald Trump was scheduled to sign the order more than a month ago, but abruptly canceled the signing without explanation. A revised draft of the order...

House Bill Would Give Companies Some Leeway to Hack Back

March 3, 2017 House legislation floated Friday would give companies attacked by hackers free rein to penetrate those hackers' networks so long as they don’t destroy anything while they’re there. The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act currently bars companies and individuals from hacking into anyone else’s network even if that person is attacking...

New Bill Would Expand DHS Cyber Aid to State and Local Governments

March 3, 2017 Two U.S. senators introduced legislation Thursday that would increase the Homeland Security Department’s responsibility for helping state and local governments to combat and protect against cyberattacks. The bill, sponsored by Sens. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and David Perdue, R-Ga., would require DHS’ main cyber operations agency to help state and local...

Shoddy U.S. Cyber Deterrence Policy Emboldens Adversaries, Lawmakers Say

March 2, 2017 The U.S. has powerful weapons with which to respond to enemy cyberattacks, but the effectiveness of those weapons is vastly diminished by a cyber deterrence policy disjointed at best and nonexistent at worst, senators and former defense officials said Thursday. The nation's possible cyber responses range from retaliatory strikes with...

New Bill Would Expand DHS Cyber Aid to State and Local Governments

March 2, 2017 Two senators introduced legislation Thursday that would increase the Homeland Security Department’s responsibility for helping state and local governments to combat and protect against cyberattacks. The bill, sponsored by Sens. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and David Perdue, R-Ga., would require DHS’ main cyber operations agency to help state and local officials...

One Russian Hacking Investigation Moves Forward, Another in Chaos

March 2, 2017 One investigation into Russian government efforts to upend the 2016 presidential election lurched forward late Wednesday while another devolved into chaos. House Intelligence Committee leaders reached consensus on the parameters for their investigation, which will cover the election meddling itself, including breaches of Democratic campaign organizations, plus U.S. responses to...

NIST as Enforcer? House Committee Passes Bill to Expand Agency's Responsibilities

March 1, 2017 Republicans on the House Science Committee forwarded legislation Wednesday that would vastly increase the operational responsibilities of the government’s cybersecurity standards agency and task that body with auditing other federal agencies’ cyber protections. The NIST Cybersecurity Framework, Assessment and Auditing Act passed the committee, 19-14, over the objection of most...

Executives Have More Faith in Cyber Defenses than the Cyber Staff

March 1, 2017 Government and private-sector executives are much more bullish on their companies’ cybersecurity than operators on the front lines, according to a report released today. Executives are far more likely than operators—the IT and cyber staff—to believe their companies’ cybersecurity strategies have been fully implemented, according to the report from Intel...

House Intelligence Leaders Show Shaky Marriage on Russia Hack Investigation

March 1, 2017 Leaders of the House Intelligence Committee gave dueling press conferences Monday offering differing interpretations of their investigation into possible Trump campaign ties with Russian intelligence operators. The bottom line for Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., based on preliminary conversations with intelligence leaders is that “there’s nothing there,” he told reporters during...

Russia Election Hacks Pop Back into Focus as Trump Prepares to Address the Nation

February 28, 2017 Russian cyber meddling in the 2016 election lurched back into prominence Tuesday, just hours before President Donald Trump was scheduled to make his first address to the nation. First, Trump’s nominee to lead the intelligence community pledged in a confirmation hearing to fully cooperate with congressional investigations into Russian hacking...

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