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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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Cyber Threats as Severe as Terrorism Threats, NIST Official Says

November 15, 2016 The government’s security adviser sounded an alarm today about the proliferation of untrustworthy and insecure technology in systems that digitally connect everything from refrigerators and cameras to dams and railways. NIST Fellow Ron Ross called the cyber threats facing government and business “as severe as threats of terrorism or the...

Google, Amazon Urge Trump to Support Strong Encryption

November 14, 2016 Google, Amazon and a slew of top internet companies sent a letter today urging President-elect Donald Trump to support strong encryption and oppose calls for government backdoors into consumer technology. The letter from the Internet Association also urges the incoming president to support further curbs on U.S. surveillance, among other...

Thousands of Government, Military Addresses in Adult Friend Finder Hookup Site Breach

November 14, 2016 The massive October hack of a cadre of adult hookup and pornography sites contained thousands of government and military email addresses, according to the group that uncovered the breach. The breach of and related sites included 5,650 dot-gov email addresses and more than 78,000 dot-mil addresses, according to,...

The Pentagon’s New Background Check System Won’t Be Ready for Nearly Two More Years

November 12, 2016 It will be roughly 18 months to two years before the Defense Department completes building out a next-generation computer system to house federal background check data, the director of the new agency that manages the clearance process said Thursday. That new system will be built to securely store background check...

Nearly 90% of Civilian Agencies Run DHS’ Einstein 3A Cyber Program

November 11, 2016 The Homeland Security Department is supplying real-time cyber threat mitigation to 88 percent of federal civilian agencies, an official tells Nextgov. That’s up from roughly 50 percent of agencies that were running the third-generation threat detection system known as Einstein 3 Accelerated, or E3A, in January, and 20 percent the...

Background Check Chief: 2 Years Before Next-Gen Network Up and Running

November 10, 2016 It will be roughly 18 months to two years before the Defense Department completes building out a next-generation computer system to house federal background check data, the director of the new agency that manages the clearance process said Thursday. That new system will be built to securely store background check...

Ransomware Emails Use OPM Breach to Lure Victims

November 10, 2016 Hackers pressed "send" on an avalanche of ransomware-laden emails this week, hoping to snare victims of the Office of Personnel Management data breach, according to a cybersecurity firm. The malicious emails, which purports to be from an “account manager” at OPM, notify recipients of “suspicious movements” on an account and...

Will Top Cyber Talent Join the Trump Team? Jury’s Out

November 9, 2016 Will cybersecurity experts who shunned President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign sign on to secure government and private sector networks during the Trump presidency? The answer’s far from clear. Some former officials and cyber experts sounded an optimistic tone Wednesday, saying duty to country would outweigh partisan divisions or hostility to Trump’s...

The Next President Will Face a Cyber Crisis. Here's How to Handle It

November 8, 2016 The next U.S. president will face a cyber landscape of unparalleled complexity with little time or flexibility to bring it under control. Begin with a federal government proved unable to defend itself against breaches at the White House, State Department, Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Office of Personnel Management....

Hackers Unsuccessfully Aimed Mirai Botnet at Clinton, Trump sites

November 8, 2016 Hackers tried unsuccessfully to take down the websites of presidential contenders Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump this week using the Mirai botnet, according to a cybersecurity firm. That’s the same zombie computer army that forced Netflix and other prominent websites offline in October. The report comes amid concerns about hacking...

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