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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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Secure That Smart Toaster and Win $3,000

January 3, 2017 The Federal Trade Commission is offering up to $25,000 in prize money for applications or tools that help people protect their smart home devices from hackers, according to a Federal Register notice. The competition, which will announce winners in July, comes as the internet is creeping into more and more...

Trump Praises Putin for Not Hitting Back after Obama Hacking Sanctions

December 30, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump on Friday praised Vladimir Putin’s decision to not immediately retaliate against U.S. sanctions, raising the likelihood he may reverse or weaken the Obama administration’s attempt to punish its former Cold War adversary for meddling in the 2016 election. Putin declared in a Thursday statement he will not...

Obama Sanctions Russia for Election Hacking

December 29, 2016 Updated Dec. 29 with comments from senior administration officials and members of Congress. President Barack Obama retaliated for Russian cyber meddling in the 2016 presidential election Thursday, announcing new sanctions against Russia’s main intelligence agencies plus three other organizations and six individuals. That retaliation could be reversed or undermined, however,...

Here’s How Cyber (In)security Rocked 2016

December 27, 2016 There will be little debate about the two cybersecurity stories that dominated headlines in 2016. The year opened with a standoff between Apple and the FBI over encryption, pitting law enforcement’s ability to investigate an Islamic State-inspired mass shooting against the security of Americans' information. It’s closing with government in...

Pentagon Wants More Cyber Threat Info from Contractors in 2017

December 22, 2016 The Defense Department plans to gather more information from contractors about cyber threats during the 2017 fiscal year, according to a governmentwide regulatory agenda released Thursday. The Pentagon’s fiscal 2017 regulatory wish list includes finalizing a rule that requires defense contractors with security clearances to report network breaches to DOD...

House Report: 'Serial Fabricator' Snowden Talks to Russian Spy Agencies

December 22, 2016 National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden is a serial fabricator who may be spilling secrets to Russian intelligence service, rather than a principled whistleblower, according to a House Intelligence Committee report released today. The heavily redacted bipartisan report does not offer proof of its claim that Snowden has been in...

NIST Wants Help ‘Future-Proofing’ Data Security

December 21, 2016 The government’s standards agency is asking for the public’s help keeping encryption secure from super-powerful next-generation computers. The initiative’s goal is to “future proof” digital information from quantum computers trying to break encryption algorithms, according to the request from the National Institute of Standards and Technology posted Tuesday in the...

Don’t Undermine Encryption, Bipartisan Congressional Report Warns

December 20, 2016 Congress should not pass laws that weaken encryption, according to a bipartisan congressional report released today. That’s true even though encryption technology can make it harder for law enforcement and intelligence agencies to combat crime and terrorism, according to the report ordered in March by Republican and Democratic leaders of...

Police Use of Phony Cellphone Towers Needs to be Reined in, Lawmakers Warn

December 20, 2016 Congress should pass legislation to ensure that phony cellphone towers police use to locate criminals and fugitives are used consistently across the country, according to a bipartisan congressional report released Monday. In the absence of those laws, the Justice and Homeland Security departments should refuse to approve the sale of...

Pressure Mounts on McConnell for Special Committee on Russian Election Hacks

December 19, 2016 Pressure mounted over the weekend on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to appoint a special committee to investigate charges of Russian election hacking. A bipartisan quartet of senators called on the majority leader to appoint a special investigatory committee in a Sunday letter, arguing that following regular Senate procedure could...

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