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Joseph Marks

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.
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L.A. Cyber Center Hopes to Be a Model for Cities Nationwide

During the past four years, Los Angeles has centralized its cyber operations using models developed by the federal government and industry sectors.

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Homeland Security Told States About Russian Hacking Attempts With a Phone Script

Homeland Security notified state government officials about Russian probing in advance of the 2016 election, but often did not reach out to election officials, many of whom lacked security clearances.

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House Democrats Eye $400 Million for Election Security

The goal is to replace outdated and unsecured voting machines that lack paper receipts for votes.

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DHS: Sharing Election Threat Info With States Won't Be One-Size-Fits-All

As the clock counts down to national elections in 2018 and 2020, Homeland Security is asking top election officials in all 50 states how they’d like to communicate about relevant information security information,

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State Election Officials Still Angry But Ready to Work With DHS

A conversation about state and federal cooperation on election cybersecurity with Connie Lawson, president of the National Association of Secretaries of State.

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Time's Running Out to Prevent a Massive Cyberattack on Critical Infrastructure

The U.S. risks missing a “narrow and fleeting window of opportunity before a watershed, 9/11-level cyberattack,” according to a new report approved by the Homeland Security Department's National Infrastructure Advisory Council.

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State Officials Question Benefits of Federal Election Oversight

DHS officials told a hearing of the Election Assistance Commission that aid is vital to prevent government-backed hackers from Russia and elsewhere from undermining the validity of election results or throwing an election into chaos.

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New Bill Would Expand DHS Cyber Aid to State and Local Governments

The bipartisan legislation was prompted by concerns about state and local governments’ abilities to protect critical infrastructure in their states from cyberattacks as well as citizen data.