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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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Time's Running Out to Prevent a Massive Cyberattack on Critical Infrastructure

August 22, 2017 U.S. infrastructure is in “a pre-9/11 moment” when it comes to cybersecurity and time is running short to shore up its cyber defenses, an industry advisory committee warned Tuesday. If government and industry don’t dramatically boost their efforts to protect critical infrastructure, such as the financial system or electric grids,...

Time’s Running Out to Prevent a Massive Cyberattack on Critical Infrastructure, Advisory Group Says

August 22, 2017 U.S. infrastructure is in “a pre-9/11 moment” when it comes to cybersecurity and time is running short to shore up its cyber defenses, an industry advisory committee warned Tuesday. If government and industry don’t dramatically boost their efforts to protect critical infrastructure, such as the financial system or electric grids,...

Trump Names Intelligence Community CIO

August 21, 2017 President Donald Trump plans to nominate a 20-year veteran of the CIA and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to be the next chief information officer of the national spymaster’s office, the White House announced Friday. John Sherman is currently deputy director of the CIA’s Open Source Enterprise where he’s responsible for incorporating...

At 7 Years Old, CYBERCOM Becomes a Full Combatant Command

August 18, 2017 President Donald Trump elevated U.S. Cyber Command to a full combatant command Friday, marking a crucial transition for the 7-year-old military unit that’s scheduled to reach full operating capability next year. The elevation was authorized in the most recent version of an annual defense policy bill in November and CYBERCOM...

Trump Order Elevates Cyber Command

August 18, 2017 President Donald Trump elevated U.S. Cyber Command to a full combatant command Friday, marking a crucial transition for the 7-year-old military unit that’s scheduled to reach full operating capability next year. The elevation was authorized in the most recent version of an annual defense policy bill in November and CYBERCOM...

Dems Want Proof FCC Net Neutrality Page Was Actually Attacked

August 17, 2017 Two Democratic lawmakers want a government watchdog to investigate the Federal Communications Commission’s claim that malicious hackers forced it offline in May. FCC officials attributed the blackout of a site collecting comments about a net neutrality proposal to malicious hackers who overloaded the site with requests—what’s known as a distributed...

Election Commission Wants to Work with DHS on Election Cybersecurity

August 16, 2017 The Homeland Security Department made a unilateral move to raise its involvement in the cybersecurity of U.S. election infrastructure last year, but a commission that helps state and local election commissioners wants to turn DHS’ decision to its advantage. The Election Assistance Commission’s plan is to query state and local...

NIST Releases Updated Cyber and Privacy Guidance Draft

August 15, 2017 The government’s cybersecurity standards agency published a draft version of a major revision to its guidance on security and privacy controls for government and industry Tuesday. Among other changes, the new document better integrates privacy and cyber controls, and better syncs those controls with recommendations in the National Institute of...

More Bad News from IRS About Taxpayer Info Security

August 14, 2017 The IRS is still failing to adequately protect U.S. taxpayers’ personal information and sensitive financial data, according to an audit report announced Monday. The Government Accountability Office is not releasing the text of the report because it contains either classified or sensitive but unclassified information, the auditor said. The title...

CYBERCOM Plans Industry Day in October

August 11, 2017 U.S. Cyber Command will hold its first ever industry day Oct. 27 in Springfield, Va., a CYBERCOM official confirmed to Nextgov Friday. The program for the industry day is still developing and more details will be coming out shortly, a CYBERCOM spokesman said. » Get the best federal technology news...