Shaun Waterman

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.

Tech

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

by Shaun Waterman • 4 days ago

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

Tech

OMB to take central role implementing cyber executive order, acting U.S. CIO says

by Shaun Waterman • 1 week ago

The White House Office of Management and Budget will be at the center of the Trump administration’s move to modernize and secure federal computer networks, the government’s senior-most IT official said Wednesday.

Tech

The case for multi-factor authentication in NIST’s cyber framework

by Shaun Waterman • 3 weeks ago

“Right now, you have a situation where Teen Vogue is recommending [two-factor identity authentication, or] 2FA and the [National Institute for Standards and Technology] Cybersecurity Framework isn’t."

Defense

New DARPA program seeks cybersecurity through hardware design

by Shaun Waterman • 1 month ago

Pentagon scientists say they could stop 40 percent of current cyberattacks by producing secure computer chips.

Tech

Cybersecurity takes a quiet role in DHS secretary’s loose outline of priorities

by Shaun Waterman • 1 month ago

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly laid out the new administration’s priorities for his department Tuesday, listing cybersecurity alongside defending the nation’s borders and stopping terrorist attacks — but providing far fewer details about the online defensive mission than about the other two.

Tech

DHS’s diagnostics open door to collaboration inside agencies, says Commerce official

by Shaun Waterman • 2 months ago

The cross-cutting functionality required by the deployment of CDM tools helped Commerce get many other conversations started about ways the various parts of the department could bring its IT provisioning together.