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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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International Group Aims to Protect the Core of the Public Internet

July 6, 2017 An international cybersecurity commission is asking researchers to help it map out the core of the public internet and critical infrastructure that should be protected from digital meddling by national intelligence services and other groups. The Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace announced it’s forming a research advisory group...

NSA: Help Us Train Next-Gen Cyber Feds

July 5, 2017 The National Security Agency is re-upping a call for $5.5 million in grant money for new plans for teaching future generations of federal cybersecurity workers. Grants will go to syllabi, course materials, hands-on labs, labs and other cyber training materials focused on computer networking, cyber threats and vulnerabilities, risk management...

DHS Workers Left Unsecured Laptops and Passwords on Their Desks

July 3, 2017 Homeland Security Department offices are dropping the ball on information security controls, according to a pair of audits released last week. Auditors with the firm KPMG walked through offices and cubicles of staff for the DHS chief information officer and chief financial officer after work hours and found unsecured laptops...

Cyber Advisory Board Gives Thumbs Down to NIST Oversight Role

June 30, 2017 A government cybersecurity advisory board plans to caution lawmakers and executive branch officials against requiring the government’s cyber standards agency to audit other agencies’ cyber protections. The recommendation from the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s advisory board comes after the House Science, Space and Technology Committee approved legislation in...

Senate Defense Bill Bans Russian Anti-virus Software, Splits CIO Duties

June 30, 2017 The Senate version of a major defense policy bill would bar Kaspersky anti-virus software from all Defense Department systems and fundamentally reform how the Pentagon manages its internal cybersecurity. The bill would retire the title of Defense Department chief information officer and split the job’s responsibilities between the agency’s chief...

Info Request on Cyber Workforce Preparedness Coming Soon

June 29, 2017 The government’s cyber education office is days away from releasing a public call for comments about current efforts to beef up the federal and private-sector cybersecurity workforce, a Commerce Department official told an advisory board Thursday. Information gleaned from that request for information will help inform a report due to...

Senate Defense Bill Splits CIO Duties, Bans Russian Anti-virus Software

June 29, 2017 The Senate version of a major defense policy bill would bar Kaspersky anti-virus software from all Defense Department systems and fundamentally reform how the Pentagon manages its internal cybersecurity. The bill would retire the title of Defense Department chief information officer and split the job’s responsibilities between the agency’s chief...

NIST Cyber Advisers Anxious Over Auditing Agencies

June 28, 2017 Members of an advisory board for the government’s cyber standards agency are skeptical about a House bill that would expand that agency’s mission to auditing cybersecurity across the federal government. That bill, the NIST Cybersecurity Framework Assessment and Auditing Act, would task the National Institute of Standards and Technology with...

Congressman Renews Concerns About Mar-a-Lago Cybersecurity

June 28, 2017 One of Congress’ main cybersecurity wonks wants to know what the Homeland Security Department is doing to ensure President Donald Trump’s information is secure when he visits his real estate properties and whether DHS is ensuring he doesn’t connect to unsecure Wi-Fi networks. Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., also asks about...

Officials: Controversial Surveillance Law Helped Stop Smartphone Attack

June 27, 2017 A controversial surveillance authority that could expire at the end of this year protected American smartphone owners from a malicious application sponsored by a foreign government, an intelligence official told lawmakers Tuesday. The story about the malicious app, which was ultimately removed from app stores, joins a small cadre of...