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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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The Knowns and Unknowns of Trump’s Cyber Plan

January 23, 2017 Donald Trump will be sworn in as the nation’s 45th president today with cybersecurity looming larger than it has for any of his predecessors—and with many unknowns about how he’ll tackle the issue. Here’s a rundown of what we know and what we don’t. ‘Review on Hacking’ Trump has promised...

Trump Administration Highlights Offensive Cyber in First Moments

January 20, 2017 President Donald Trump’s administration Friday highlighted offensive cyber actions among its first digital messages to the American people. Updates to the White House website’s issues page, posted moments after Trump’s inauguration, included developing “defensive and offensive” capabilities at U.S. Cyber Command and engaging in “cyber warfare” to disrupt recruiting and...

CIO Council Plans Https Default in 2017

January 20, 2017 The federal government will implement https encryption on newly registered government websites by default beginning in the spring of 2017, according to a Thursday blog post. The government’s council of chief information officers will submit newly created dot-gov domains and their subdomains to major web browsers such as Microsoft’s Internet...

The Knowns and Unknowns of Trump’s Cyber Plan

January 20, 2017 Donald Trump will be sworn in as the nation’s 45th president today with cybersecurity looming larger than it has for any of his predecessors—and with many unknowns about how he’ll tackle the issue. Here’s a rundown of what we know and what we don’t. ‘Review on Hacking’ Trump has promised...

Transparency Group Sues for FBI Records on Russian Hacking

January 19, 2017 A government transparency group is suing the FBI to release records about its investigations into Russian cyber meddling in the 2016 election. The Electronic Privacy Information Center’s lawsuit seeks internal memos, emails and other documents about FBI investigations into Russian-sponsored cyber breaches at the Democratic National Committee, the Republican National...

Commerce Nominee Endorses Cyber Push, Modernizing Government Tech

January 18, 2017 President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Commerce Department pledged to continue the department’s work in support of cybersecurity and modernizing department technology. Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross stopped short of endorsing specific legislation related to improving government technology, regulating cybersecurity or helping the government respond to security dangers posed by...

Rounds to Lead Senate Armed Services Cyber Panel

January 18, 2017 Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., will take the helm of a new cybersecurity panel on the Senate Armed Services Committee, the committee’s leadership announced Wednesday. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., will be the subcommittee’s ranking member. Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., created the new committee partly to shore up the Armed Services Committee’s...

DOD Cyber Policy Chief: We’ve Deterred Destructive Cyberattacks

January 18, 2017 When President Barack Obama took office, one of intelligence officials’ top fears was a “cyber Pearl Harbor,” a catastrophic and destructive cyberattack that resulted in mass casualties and destruction of property. One major reason that hasn’t happened is because the massive power and stated policy of the U.S. military—cyber and...

We Have 'Very Robust Defenses': An Exit Interview with Obama's Top Cyber Official

January 18, 2017 When Michael Daniel became White House cybersecurity coordinator near the end of President Barack Obama’s first term, he spent a fair amount of time convincing government and industry officials that cybersecurity was worth spending time and money on. After four years that included major breaches at the Office of Personnel...

Obama's Cyber Legacy

January 18, 2017 The Obama administration made an unprecedented all-fronts effort to secure cyberspace. So, why are we less secure? For eight years, cyberspace proved the Obama administration’s most unpredictable adversary, always twisting in new directions and delivering body blows where least expected. The administration took the cyber threat seriously from day one,...

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