Shaun Waterman

Shaun is a contributing editor for CyberScoop and FedScoop, writing about information sharing and other policy issues and monitoring the latest online threat reports for our readers. He was recruited to launch CyberScoop after he successfully planned and opened POLITICO Pro Cybersecurity, a premium subscription news service based around a must-read morning newsletter. Shaun's career in U.S. journalism began at UPI covering the y2K threat in 1999. He became Homeland and National Security Editor for the venerable newswire shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, and has covered the Department of Homeland Security from its standup in 2003. His reporting on the Sept. 11 Commission and the tortuous process by which some of its recommendations finally became law in the 2004 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act earned him a "Dateline Washington" award from the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2009-10 Shaun produced a major report on cyber-security for critical infrastructure at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a leading Washington think tank. Prior to joining UPI, Shaun worked as a senior producer for the British Broadcasting Corporation’s flagship evening radio news program, The World Tonight. In 1999, he was appointed to run the BBC’s American radio news desk in Washington, providing round-the-clock news from all over both American continents for the corporation’s six radio networks. Before joining the BBC, he worked as a freelance journalist and parliamentary aide in London, writing for publications including the investigative magazine Private Eye and doing research work for members of Parliament. Shaun, who is British, has a master’s degree in social and political sciences from King’s College, Cambridge. He is married and lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and two American sons, Miles and Harry.

Cyber hackers used spearphishing, spoofing, credential theft

by • 4 years ago

An executive whose company was affected the breach of GSA's portal explains how it all went down.


Government not ‘sitting on hundreds of zero days,’ former NSA official says

by • 5 years ago

“We disclose something like 90 percent of the vulnerabilities we find,” said Richard Ledgett.


NSA deputy says U.S. cyberattack responses must improve

by • 5 years ago

The way that U.S. government agencies respond to cyberattacks against the private sector from nation-state or other high-level adversaries is “fundamentally flawed” and needs to change, an NSA official said.


HHS gets Navy vet as new cybersecurity chief

by • 5 years ago

Christopher Wlaschin retired after 28 years in the Navy in 2008 as a lieutenant commander and has held a variety of civilian jobs since, including several stints at major health care companies in his home state.


Trump’s Homeland pick highlights doubts on DHS cyber role

by • 5 years ago

By picking retired Marine Gen. John Kelly as secretary of Homeland Security, President-elect Donald Trump has amplified concerns about DHS’s role in defending the nation in cyberspace under his administration.

Emerging Tech

Apache Spot: open source big data analytics for cyber

by • 6 years ago

An open source program that analyzes IT network flows and packet data at cloud scale to let defenders identify anomalous behavior has been donated to the Apache Software Foundation.