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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.
Tech & Data

Uber Agrees to Expanded Data Breach Settlement With FTC

The ride-sharing company tried to conceal a 2016 data breach through its bug bounty program.

Tech & Data

5 Big Takeaways From Senate Intel's Election Security Investigation

The bottom line is future elections are in danger of Russian meddling and we haven’t done enough to secure them.

Tech & Data

Here Are Some Key Challenges to Critical Infrastructure Security

Researchers should focus on when humans need to be in the loop and when machines can take charge.

Tech & Data

Supreme Court Could Limit Law Enforcement’s Reach in the Cloud

The high court will have to decide whether a 1980s law allows warrants for emails U.S. companies store abroad.

Public Safety

Here’s How to Counter Fake News During a Disaster

A Homeland Security Department advisory group wants to help emergency responders control the social media conversation.

Tech & Data

The Annual Cost of U.S. Cybercrime Could Top $100 Billion

Companies aren’t properly incentivized to protect their networks and we’re all paying the price, the Council of Economic Advisers concludes.

Tech & Data

DHS: We Can Vet Election Cyber Systems in All 50 States

Some states remain wary of asking for federal election security help, but the ice is thawing, a Homeland Security official said.

Tech & Data

These L.A. Startups Are What Stand Between Hackers and Your Medical Devices

Some of the most important cybersecurity work is happening in nondescript offices across the nation.

Tech & Data

Election Cyber Coordinating Council to Be Finalized Next Year

State and federal officials met with election industry leaders to launch the council.

Tech & Data

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.

Tech & Data

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.

Tech & Data

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,

Tech & Data

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.

Tech & Data

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.

Tech & Data

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.