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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

U.S. To Go on Offense in Cyberspace, Bolton Says

The strategy comes shortly after a directive that reduced interagency checks before a U.S. cyber strike.

Cybersecurity

Company That Pushed Hackers Out of DNC Now Protecting Government Systems

CrowdStrike is authorized to protect ‘moderate impact level’ cloud-based government systems.

Cybersecurity

State Department Confirms Email Data Breach

The breach may have compromised employee personal information in less than 1 percent of email inboxes.

Cybersecurity

Government Gets Poor Marks Securing Students' Personal Info

The office isn’t effectively monitoring cyber protections after it shares student information, including with collection agencies.

Cybersecurity

Kaspersky Faces Tough Questions at Appeals Court

The Russian anti-virus software company faces what could be its last chance to make its case against a U.S. governmentwide ban.

Cybersecurity

Senate-Passed Bill to Hack DHS Heads to House Floor

The bill would create the first departmentwide bug bounty in the civilian government.

Cybersecurity

Declassified Report Describes Confusion Around Military Cyber Responsibilities in 2014

The inspector general’s report describes poor communication and combatant commanders who hadn’t tallied up their cyber resources.

Policy

Trump Administration Preps Sanctions Against Foreign Election Interference

The new executive order describes a process for sanctioning digital interference, propaganda and any other efforts to meddle in U.S. elections.

CIO Briefing

Government Publishing Office Names New CIO

CIO Sam Musa previously worked at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and FBI.

Cybersecurity

As Kaspersky Deadline Approaches, Fears Loom That Contractors Aren’t Prepared

Some contractors may not be aware the ban applies to them or that they’re running Kasperksy in the first place. Others don’t understand how complex removing it will be.

CIO Briefing

The House is Shuttling Through Tech and Cyber Bills but the Senate’s Behind

The House passed bills on cyber sanctions, supply chain security and CDM last week.

Cybersecurity

Ransomware Strikes Launched a Cyber Cleansing Program at Transportation

The Transportation Department started with a bug hunting campaign that turned up unexpected vulnerabilities in headquarters computer systems.

Cybersecurity

DOJ Releases Charges Against Last of Four Top U.S. Cyber Adversaries

The Grand Slam charges target a single North Korean hacker for Sony, WannaCry and the Bangladeshi bank heist.

Cybersecurity

DHS Secretary Urges Hit-Back-Harder Response to Cyber Strikes

That muscular response strategy may sow confusion and risk escalation, a cyber law scholar says.

Cybersecurity

House Passes Bill Expanding DHS’ Power to Block Risky Contractors from Government Networks

The move comes after Congress took action in the past year to boot the Russian anti-virus maker Kaspersky Lab and the Chinese telecom firms Huawei and ZTE from federal networks.

Cybersecurity

NIST’s Next Framework Focuses on Protecting Consumers’ Privacy

The Commerce Department agency will begin gathering feedback for a privacy framework at a Texas conference in October.

CIO Briefing

Lawmakers Bash the President’s Federal Pay Freeze Plan

Plus a familiar face gets confirmed as the Energy Department’s first assistant secretary for cybersecurity.