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Joseph Marks

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Joseph Marks
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.
Cybersecurity

DHS Wants to Make Cyber Info Sharing Smarter, Secretary Says

The department wants to tailor its threat sharing system for particular companies and sectors.

Cybersecurity

45 Percent of Federal Email Domains Miss Security Deadline

The Homeland Security Department, which ordered the security upgrade, is only 15 percent compliant.

CIO Briefing

Shutdown, Surveillance Deadlines Loom Over Congress

A pair of lawmakers also proposed a pay raise for federal employees.

Cybersecurity

Russian DNC Hackers Targeting Senate, Cyber Firm Says

Sen. Ben Sasse wants Attorney General Jeff Sessions to testify on the issue.

Cybersecurity

GSA Plans to Formalize Cyber Rules for Contractors

The agency will accept public comments about the regulations later this year.

Cybersecurity

DHS: We Can Vet Election Cyber Systems in All 50 States

Some states remain wary of asking for federal election security help, but the ice is thawing, a Homeland Security official said.

Cybersecurity

The FBI Is Disrupting 10X Fewer Cyber Crime Rings Than In 2015

The bureau missed its own goals for disruptions and dismantlements the past two years.

Cybersecurity

Zero Day Disclosure Bill Heads to House Floor

The bill would put the power of law behind the Trump administration’s vulnerability transparency pledge.

Emerging Tech

The Free Market Won’t Fix Botnets, Government Report Says

The government should create incentives for good security in the internet of things.

Policy

White House Phone Ban May Have Unintended Consequences

Former officials say the ban could trade a marginal security improvement for a much tougher working environment.

Cybersecurity

Data Breach Affected More Than 240,000 Homeland Security Workers, IG Confirms

The breach also affected non-DHS employees who communicated with the department’s inspector general.

Cybersecurity

Now It's Industry's Turn to Come Up with Botnet Fighting Ideas

A Commerce Department center is seeking partners to make internet-connected devices more secure.

Cybersecurity

These LA Startups Are What Stand Between Hackers and Your Medical Devices

Some of the most important cybersecurity work is happening in nondescript offices across the nation.

Cybersecurity

2017 Was Marked by Continuity and Confusion in Cyber Policy

The Kaspersky ban, WannaCry and big changes at State Department topped the news cycle.

Cybersecurity

Here’s Why the Trump Administration Called Out North Korea’s Cyberattacks

The attribution announcement made three big arguments and North Korea’s culpability was only one of them.

Cybersecurity

Kaspersky Strikes Back After U.S. Government Ban

The Russian anti-virus company wasn’t given a meaningful opportunity to defend itself, the CEO says in legal suit.

CIO Briefing

Congress Takes Up Another Spending Deal, Spying Presents and AI Bias

Besides budget deals, lawmakers want to get ahead on internet of things devices and keep tabs on artificial intelligence development.

Cybersecurity

Election Cyber Coordinating Council to be Finalized Next Year

State and federal officials met with election industry leaders to launch the council.

Cybersecurity

White House: Government Needs More Bug Bounty Programs

The IT modernization report also urges moving cybersecurity closer to federal employees.

CIO Briefing

Yes, The Security Clearance Backlog is Getting Worse

The Government Accountability Office also found there's not a plan to reverse it.