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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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Updated: Government Agencies Not Compromised in Deloitte Breach

September 25, 2017 Editor's Note: This headline and story have been updated to include new information from Deloitte clarifying the nature of the data breach. For an updated report on the breach, click here. A data breach of an email system at the consultancy and accounting firm Deloitte did not include government data,...

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Judge Tosses OPM Breach Lawsuits, Plaintiffs Appeal

September 20, 2017 A federal judge tossed out a lawsuit Tuesday from a group of federal employees who say gross negligence by the Office of Personnel Management contributed to the office’s 2015 data breach that exposed sensitive security clearance information about more than 20 million people. The lawsuit filed by the National Treasury...

Judge Tosses OPM Breach Lawsuits, Plaintiffs Appeal

September 20, 2017 A federal judge tossed out a lawsuit Tuesday from a group of federal employees who say gross negligence by the Office of Personnel Management contributed to the office’s 2015 data breach that exposed sensitive security clearance information about more than 20 million people. The lawsuit filed by the National Treasury...

Symantec CEO: Get Commercial Software Off National Security Systems

September 20, 2017 The biggest security vulnerability in U.S. national security computer systems may be the commercial software they’re built on, Symantec’s CEO Greg Clark said Wednesday. The inner workings of Tomahawk missiles aren’t publicly available and the computer systems that store sensitive national security data shouldn’t be either, the leader of the...

Equifax Breach Prompts Renewed Calls for National Breach Notification Standard

September 18, 2017 Cyber-focused lawmakers are taking advantage of the public outcry over the massive Equifax breach to renew calls for a nationwide standard for when companies must disclose a data breach. Cybersecurity Caucus Co-founder Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., reintroduced the Personal Data Notification and Protection Act with co-sponsor Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif.,...

House Foreign Affairs Leaders Push to Save State Cyber Office

September 15, 2017 The State Department’s cyber office, which Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced plans to shutter last month, would be made permanent under legislation offered Thursday by the top Republican and Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The Cyber Diplomacy Act would create a permanent Office of Cyber Issues in...

Future Navy Accident Investigations Will Look for Cyber Attacks

September 15, 2017 Rampant internet speculation aside, there’s no evidence yet that any hostile electronic breach led to recent U.S. Navy mishaps, according to the admiral who leads the service’s cyber operations. In fact, it was mostly to put such speculation to rest that Vice Adm. Jan Tighe said she dispatched a small...

Government Plans On-the-Spot Hiring Event for Cyber, Tech Positions

September 14, 2017 The government will host its first major tech and cyber recruitment event in November in an effort to fill hundreds of open jobs across at least 20 federal agencies, the General Services Administration said Thursday. Applicants who register in advance and go through pre-screening could be offered tentative positions on...

Future US Navy Accident Investigations Will Look for Cyber Attacks

September 14, 2017 Rampant internet speculation aside, there’s no evidence yet that any hostile electronic breach led to recent U.S. Navy mishaps, according to the admiral who leads the service’s cyber operations. In fact, it was mostly to put such speculation to rest that Vice Adm. Jan Tighe said she dispatched a small...

Federal Trade Commission is Investigating Equifax Breach

September 14, 2017 The government’s consumer cop is investigating whether the credit rating agency Equifax was negligent in allowing the personal information of 143 million Americans to be compromised, a spokesman said Thursday. The move could mark the Federal Trade Commission’s first major cyber enforcement action during the Trump administration. Numerous lawmakers had...