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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.
CIO Briefing

China Won and America Lost on ZTE, but Our Offensive Cyber is Super Awesome

Lawmakers also introduced bills to protect against drones and make sure you get texts about incoming missiles in this week’s bill watch.

Cybersecurity

Trump Administration Plans National Cyber Risk Management Initiative

The effort will include the Homeland Security, Treasury and Energy departments along with smaller sector-specific agencies.  

CIO Briefing

Transferring Background Checks, Boosting Cyber Workforce Are Top Goals of Trump Government Reorg

A White House official was short on answers during a Senate hearing but said background checks and cyber workforce are a good place to start.

Policy

Bill to Block Feds' Personal Email, Social Media Access Advances

The bill would authorize agency leaders to block any website for cybersecurity reasons without negotiating with unions.

Cybersecurity

Pentagon Wants to Move Some Cyber Defense Operations to the Cloud

The Defense Department’s considering a cloud extension of its Acropolis system, which it describes as “where we fight” in cyberspace.

Cybersecurity

Census Should Be More Transparent About Cyber Protections, Former Officials Say

The Census Bureau will conduct its first largely online decennial census in 2020 but hasn’t said how it will secure the process.

Cybersecurity

Government’s Kaspersky Ban Takes Effect

Pentagon, GSA and NASA contracts will now officially prohibit Kaspersky software.

CIO Briefing

More Money for Cyber Spies, Outrage after Indictments and Supply Chain Cyber is Super Hot

More indictments for Mueller and a busy week regarding federal IT for Congress.

Cybersecurity

The Chinese Government Likely Knew about Spectre and Meltdown Bugs Before the U.S.

Fixing hardware and software vulnerabilities requires global information sharing—and that includes U.S. cyber adversaries.

Cybersecurity

Kaspersky Makes Last Ditch Argument to Halt Congressional Ban from Being Implemented

Multiple agencies have set Monday, July 16, as the deadline for the ban to be implemented in new procurements.

Cybersecurity

DOJ Admits Error Linking ID Theft Case to OPM Breach

There’s no firm evidence fraudsters are using stolen data from the massive 2015 breach, officials said.

IT Modernization

The Pentagon Wants to Automate Some Classification Decisions

The proposed software would help defense officials make classification decisions and automatically enforce them.

Cybersecurity

Huawei Pushes Back Again on FCC Proposal That Would Hurt Its Business

FCC officials say the Chinese telecom poses a national security threat to U.S. networks.

Cybersecurity

There’s Even More Bad News About IRS Information Security

A board charged with overseeing the agency’s sprawling active directory networks isn’t fulfilling its basic responsibilities.

Cybersecurity

Auditor Dings CFPB Complaint System for Poor Identity Management

The system is doing better on patching vulnerabilities and continuously monitoring activity for anomalies.

Cybersecurity

Trump Administration Considering Regulation as a Tool to Compel Good Cyber Behavior

Regulatory actions will join other tools, such as indictments and sanctions, in the U.S. effort to promote cyber norms.

CIO Briefing

Congress Studies the 3 Rs: Re-org, Re-clearance, Reauthorization

The bill that would name and shame hackers that attack U.S. targets also advanced.