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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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CYBERCOM Chief Defends Delay in Trump's Cyber Strategy

May 10, 2017 The Trump administration is hard at work on a governmentwide strategy to deter adversary cyberattacks despite missing a self-imposed deadline to draft that policy, National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers told lawmakers Tuesday. President Donald Trump promised soon before his inauguration in January he’d release a plan to vastly improve...

CYBERCOM Chief Defends Delay in Trump's Cyber Strategy

May 9, 2017 The Trump administration is hard at work on a governmentwide strategy to deter adversary cyberattacks despite missing a self-imposed deadline to draft that policy, National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers told lawmakers Tuesday. President Donald Trump promised soon before his inauguration in January he’d release a plan to vastly improve...

What Federal Cyber Workers Think Would Improve Hiring

May 9, 2017 Half of federal government cybersecurity workers polled recently think their agency’s digital security has improved during the past year and only 4 percent think their agency’s security is worse than last year, according to a workforce survey released Tuesday. Nearly 70 percent of the 2,620 civilian and military respondents said...

Bill to Aid Small Business Cyber Gets $6M Price Tag

May 8, 2017 A Senate bill that expands the cybersecurity guidance government provides to small businesses would cost $6 million to implement over four years, the Congressional Budget Office said Monday. That figure includes $2 million for the National Institute of Standards and Technology to consult with other federal agencies to develop guidance...

New Dems Urge OPM to Hire More Cyber Pros Without 4-Year Degrees

May 5, 2017 A trio of moderate congressional Democrats pushed the Office of Personnel Management this week to update its hiring practices to open up more federal jobs to cybersecurity workers without 4-year degrees. There’s no official requirement cybersecurity-focused federal employees have bachelor’s degrees, but in practice, most do because of requirements in...

DHS: Time to Beef Up Mobile Security

May 4, 2017 The federal government should take a more active role in organizations that develop technology standards for mobile devices and networks, according to a Homeland Security Department study submitted Thursday to Congress. DHS should also expand the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation cybersecurity service it provides to federal agencies to better address...

How a Fake Cyber Statistic Raced Through Washington

May 3, 2017 Editor's note: This article was updated with comments from Sen. Brian Schatz's office and NIST. It’s the kind of figure that can make your jaw drop, the kind that forces lawmakers and public officials to get off their duffs and do something, that drives home the way cyber insecurity is...

Latest Cyber Executive Order Draft Focuses on Workforce Competitiveness

May 3, 2017 Government agencies must assess the state of American cybersecurity education and workforce training as compared to other leading nations, according to an updated version of a long-delayed Trump administration cybersecurity executive order. Other elements of the recent executive order draft are broadly similar to an earlier version floated in February,...

House Panel Passes Bill Requiring Federal Cyber Guidance for Small Businesses

May 2, 2017 The House Science Committee easily passed legislation Tuesday directing the government’s cybersecurity standards agency to provide more guidance and other resources to small businesses. The NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act directs the National Institute of Standards and Technology to provide voluntary resources to companies that vary with the size of...

Compromise Spending Bill Includes Cyber Goodies

May 1, 2017 A $1 trillion spending bill that would fund the government through September includes cybersecurity spending hikes at the Homeland Security Department, FBI and Secret Service. Most prominently, the bill includes a $183 million boost for the DHS’ cyber operations division, raising that division's budget to a total of $1.8 billion....

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