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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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How Arcane Budget Rules Threaten Government Cybersecurity

August 11, 2017 Why is it so tough to raise funding for civilian government cyber protections? You can blame the White House and Congress, but a portion of the responsibility lies with the Pentagon too. House appropriators hinted at this explanation in the committee report for their Homeland Security appropriations bill. Their funding...

This Web-Building Tool is the Target of Civilian Government’s First Bug Bounty

August 9, 2017 A government-friendly website building tool is the first target for a General Services Administration program that recruits freelance cybersecurity researchers to root out vulnerabilities in government tech systems. GSA’s Technology Transformation Service loosed a select group of invite-only ethical hackers on its Federalist web building platform earlier this year and...

7 Ways to Fill Cyber Workforce Gaps in a Generation

August 8, 2017 Here’s the downside to all the job-easing and time-saving technologies proliferating across government, industry and commerce: There aren’t nearly enough skilled workers to make sure that technology is secure. The U.S. is facing a shortfall of nearly 300,000 cybersecurity workers, according to government funded research. The global cybersecurity workforce shortage...

Here Are Some New Ideas for Fighting Botnets

August 8, 2017 Federal agencies face a thorny path as they try to step up the government’s fight against armies of infected computers and connected devices known as botnets, responses to a government information request reveal. Industry, academic and think tank commenters all agreed more should be done to combat the zombie computer...

DOD Opts for Android for Classified Tablets

August 7, 2017 The tablet computers that top Pentagon officials are using to share and read classified messages and live stream intelligence and surveillance data are modified versions of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, a Defense Department spokesman told Nextgov Monday. The tablets are running a modified version of Google’s Android operating system,...

Here are Some New Ideas for Fighting Botnets

August 4, 2017 Federal agencies face a thorny path as they try to step up the government’s fight against armies of infected computers and connected devices known as botnets, responses to a government information request reveal. Industry, academic and think tank commenters all agreed more should be done to combat the zombie computer...

After Huge Hack, OPM Still Hasn't Learned Its Lesson

August 3, 2017 The government’s personnel office still isn’t adequately protecting its computer networks two years after a massive data breach that compromised highly sensitive security clearance information of over 20 million current and former federal employees and their families, a congressional watchdog reported Thursday. The Office of Personnel Management failed to encrypt...

Pentagon Now Offering Top Officials Classified Tablets

August 2, 2017 Top Pentagon officials can now access classified documents and correspondence on tablet computers under a pilot program, the Defense Department said Tuesday. The pilot program, which includes 24 top officials so far, expands on an earlier DOD program that allowed top officials to receive and access classified documents and communications...

GAO: Keeping NSA and CYBERCOM Together Makes Hacking Tool Leaks More Likely

August 1, 2017 The fact the National Security Agency shares so many of its hacking tools with its sister organization U.S. Cyber Command makes it more likely those tools will be leaked to nefarious hackers, a watchdog says. NSA shares its tools with several elements of the military and intelligence community, but because...

Senators Want a Hack-Proof Internet of Government Things

August 1, 2017 Internet-connected smart devices purchased by the federal government would have to meet strict security standards under bipartisan legislation introduced Tuesday. Those devices would have to accept software patches to remove vulnerabilities and allow users to change default passwords, according to the Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvements Act. They would also...