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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

Congress Passes Long-Sought Bill to Rename DHS Cyber Agency

The National Protection and Programs Directorate will soon be called the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

Cybersecurity

OPM is Still Far Behind on Data Protection Three Years After Devastating Breach

The agency hasn’t implemented one-third of an auditor’s cybersecurity recommendations.

Cybersecurity

Pentagon Researchers Test 'Worst-Case Scenario' Attack on U.S. Power Grid

Over 100 people gathered off the tip of Long Island this month to roleplay a cyberattack that takes out the U.S. electric grid for weeks on end.

CIO Briefing

A New Congress Brings New Tech Priorities and Increased Oversight

The midterm elections also left a big cyber vacancy on the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

Emerging Tech

National Science Foundation Seeks Feedback on Major Cyber Research Priorities Update

The previous version of the plan focused on incentivizing private sector research and expanding diversity in the cyber workforce.

Cybersecurity

DHS Wants to Expand the Reach of Its Critical Infrastructure Cyber Training

The department wants to be able to provide cyber training webinars to 5,000 simultaneous users.

Cybersecurity

NIST Wants to Make PIV Cards Work for Smartphones in Two Years

The effort mirrors a Pentagon plan to improve identity verification on mobile devices.

Cybersecurity

New DHS Cyber Center Meets with Industry to ID Most Valuable Assets

DHS officials met Thursday with officials from the communications, electricity and finance sectors.

Cybersecurity

Supply Chain Group Aims to Reduce Counterfeits in Federal Systems

The proposed acquisition rule will require only original manufacturers or vetted resellers supply some components.

Cybersecurity

FDIC Still Isn’t Protecting Its Sensitive Information, Audit Finds

The agency isn’t patching vulnerabilities quickly enough or fixing longstanding information security weaknesses.

Cybersecurity

After Midterm Elections, a Focus on Securing Campaigns

The Homeland Security Department hopes campaigns can cooperate on cybersecurity rather than compete.

Cybersecurity

Cyber Supply Chain Task Force to Meet Soon

The task force will be managed by Homeland Security Department’s new long-range cyber planning organization.

Cybersecurity

Americans Trust Government More than Tech Companies to Combat Election Influence Ops

A survey found that U.S. adults think it’s highly likely some nation will try to interfere in the midterms and aren’t confident government or industry can stop it.

Cybersecurity

White House Sets Deadlines for Agencies to Protect Their Digital Crown Jewels

The new guidance also requires agencies to justify buying cyber monitoring tools that aren’t vetted by Homeland Security.

Cybersecurity

It’s Time to Organize Volunteer Hackers, Think Tank Says

The Civilian Cyber Corps would be modeled on the Civil Air Patrol and volunteer firefighters.

Cybersecurity

DHS Report Urges Research into Cyber Market Failures

The research road map urges examining the long-term effects of laws, regulations and supply chain vulnerabilities.

Cybersecurity

DHS Plans to Rejigger Government’s Cyber Sensor System for Move to Cloud

The government’s current system of Einstein cyber threat sensors isn’t well-suited to the scale and complexity of cloud systems.

Cybersecurity

Survey: Federal Managers Support CDM More Than Implementers

Tech implementers are far less likely to consider the Homeland Security Department’s cyber program effective than their managers—either in its current or final form.

Cybersecurity

DHS Preps Extra Cyber Support for States with Close Midterm Races

The tightness of an election is just one factor in where the Homeland Security Department will field its Election Day cybersecurity teams.