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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 Reveals New Details About Its Supply Chain Initiative

The program will be based primarily on unclassified information, the department said.

Cybersecurity

Voting Experts: Why the Heck Are People Still Voting Online?

At least 100,000 online ballots—including the votes of overseas military personnel—were cast in 2016.

Cybersecurity

GAO: Vulnerabilities Plague 'Entire Generation' of U.S. Weapons Systems

Defense officials were often unaware of vulnerabilities and didn’t notice they were being exploited.

Cybersecurity

DHS Research Wing Remains Vulnerable to Insider Threats

A six-month review found employees and contractors could undermine mission-critical systems.

Cybersecurity

Half of Government Domains Set to Make Email Security Deadline

It’s been one year since DHS mandated agencies adopt the anti-spoofing email security tool.

CIO Briefing

Lawmakers Go to School on Wi-Fi and Urge Online Privacy Rights

The Senate also finally passed a bill to change the name of DHS’ cybersecurity agency.

Cybersecurity

Trump’s Looser Reins on Offensive Cyber Get Positive Reviews from Army

Trump rescinded Obama-era rules that required White House sign off for most offensive cyber operations.

Cybersecurity

Security Clearances Won’t Get in the Way of Responding to Election Cyber Threats, Officials Say

One intel leader urged a “just get it done, we’ll worry about the consequences later” approach to countering threats on Election Day.

Podcasts

Critical Update: Government’s Not Prepared for the Social Media War

Social could be as important to the future of war and politics as the telephone and telegraph, Peter Singer writes in his new book “LikeWar.”

Cybersecurity

DHS Secretary: No Sign China’s Trying to Hack Midterm Vote

The statement comes after President Trump warned of a Chinese election influence effort.

Cybersecurity

FBI Director Implores Corporate Boards to Join Cyber Fight

Companies should amp up protections and be wary of deals that expose U.S. intellectual property, FBI Director Chris Wray says.

CIO Briefing

Shutdown Averted, Congress Barrels Toward November

The House passed a slew of tech and cyber bills last week, but Homeland Security’s top cyber priority is still waiting in the Senate.

Cybersecurity

Border Agency Didn’t Secure Drone Surveillance Video, Photos for 2 Years

An auditor’s report found major security and privacy deficiencies in Customs and Border Protection’s drone surveillance program.

Cybersecurity

Hackers Report Cites ‘Staggering’ Vulnerabilities in U.S. Voting Systems

The report from DEF CON’s Voting Village found one bug that alone could flip the Electoral College. Another has gone unfixed for 11 years.

CIO Briefing

House Oversight Forwards Bills to Improve Gov Websites, Formalize CIO and CISO Roles

The 21st Century Idea Act would mandate dot-gov improvements including allowing e-signatures for citizen services.

Cybersecurity

Senate Homeland Forwards Bill Making It Easier to Ban Personal Email at Agencies

The committee also passed bills to shore up supply chain cybersecurity and codify DHS’ CDM and cyber incident response programs.

Data

Commerce Department Seeks Comments on Outcome-Based Privacy Protections

The government wants to focus on what consumers should broadly expect from companies, not the methods for getting there.