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Joseph Marks

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Joseph Marks
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.
CIO Briefing

Lawmaker Seeks Allies to Reverse Net Neutrality Repeal

And the controversial sex trafficking bill is scheduled for a House vote.

Emerging Tech

Here’s How to Counter Fake News During a Disaster

A Homeland Security Department advisory group wants to help emergency responders control the social media conversation.

IT Modernization

GAO Sustains Protest of $771 Million Defense Intelligence Agency Contract

The defense agency didn’t sufficiently explain why it picked a cheaper but riskier bid.

Cybersecurity

Just Over Half of Agencies Met a Web Encryption Security Deadline

Fifty-four percent of federal websites met the deadline for HTTPS encryption and other security upgrades.

Cybersecurity

Justice Launches Cyber Task Force

The task force will examine cyber efforts to undermine elections and critical infrastructure.

CIO Briefing

Congress Cooks Up Ideas to Secure Elections, Then Came the Mueller Indictments

Congressional Democrats are pushing for a hearing to discuss election security improvements while demanding further action in the wake of indictments leveled by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Cybersecurity

The Annual Cost of U.S. Cybercrime Could Top $100 Billion

Companies aren’t properly incentivized to protect their networks and we’re all paying the price, the Council of Economic Advisers concludes.

Cybersecurity

Could the Military Start Drafting Hackers in Their 40s?

A commission on the draft is studying cutting age and gender exclusions for people with cyber skills.

Cybersecurity

No Easy Answers, Just More Questions in Major Encryption Report

Any change to encryption policy will require a tradeoff between individual security and national security, a report from the National Academies concludes.

Cybersecurity

DHS to Scrutinize Government Supply Chain for Cyber Risks

The department wants to integrate cyber vetting into existing supply chain checks.

Cybersecurity

Kaspersky Sues to Reverse Congressional Ban

The Russian antivirus company previously sued to reverse a ban imposed by the Homeland Security Department.

Cybersecurity

Chinese Telecoms Could Join Kaspersky On Governmentwide Banned List

The Homeland Security Department banned the Russian antivirus company Kaspersky from government networks last year. Huawei and ZTE may be next.

Cybersecurity

Agencies Still Lag on Email Security One Month Past Deadline

Many agencies that have added the protection to their email domains haven’t configured it properly.

Cybersecurity

Trump 2019 Budget Boosts Cyber Spending But Cuts Research

The budget also moves DHS cyber research out of the science and tech division.

CIO Briefing

What to Know About the CLOUD Act

Lawmakers also weigh in on bug bounties and advance customer experience and open data bills.

Cybersecurity

Microsoft Vet to Lead DHS Cyber and Infrastructure Division

Christopher Krebs has been acting chief of the cyber and infrastructure protection division since August.

Policy

Senate Homeland Leader Proposes Panel to Fix DHS Oversight

The panel, which is tied to reauthorizing the department, would pare back overlapping committee jurisdictions.

Cybersecurity

DHS, Kaspersky Resume Court Battle Over Government Ban

The department opposed a Kaspersky motion to overturn the governmentwide ban on its anti-virus.

Cybersecurity

State Dept. Reverses Course, Plans to Launch Cyber and Digital Economy Bureau

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson earlier shuttered a cyber coordinator’s office with similar duties.