Shaun Waterman

Shaun Waterman

Contributing Editor

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, DC with his wife and two American sons, Miles and Harry.
Healthcare

Beyond concerns about AI, consumers see usefulness — particularly in cybersecurity, privacy

by Shaun Waterman • 8 hours ago

Almost two-thirds of American consumers welcome advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning, and cybersecurity is among the areas where assistance from AI has the most appeal, according to a new survey.

Government

White House: Cyber executive order is close, will be ‘intertwined’ with federal IT modernization

by Shaun Waterman • 1 day ago

The Trump administration is "close" to unveiling its cybersecurity executive order and is carefully aligning its policy in that area with plans to modernize federal IT networks being drawn up by President Trump's son-in-law, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Robert Joyce said Monday in his first public comments since taking office.

Government

Prolific Russian credit-card hacker gets 27 years

by Shaun Waterman • 4 days ago

A federal judge in Seattle Friday sentenced prolific Russian payment-card hacker Roman Seleznev to 27 years in prison — the longest sentence for computer crime ever imposed in an American court.

Government

New DARPA program seeks cybersecurity through hardware design

by Shaun Waterman • 4 days ago

Pentagon scientists say they could stop 40 percent of current cyberattacks by producing secure computer chips. The System Security Integrated Through Hardware and firmware, or SSITH, program is looking for help from industry.

Government

Six big vendors dominate a fragmented federal cyber market, numbers show

by Shaun Waterman • 5 days ago

Federal procurement of cybersecurity goods and services is highly fragmented, according to new research published this week, but despite this long tail of small awards, the market space is dominated by a handful of familiar names.

Government

DHS watchdog’s fraud hotline spoofed in ID theft scam

by Shaun Waterman • 6 days ago

The inspector general's office in the Department of Homeland Security is warning that identity thieves and fraudsters are spoofing caller ID systems to make it look as if victims are being called from the IG's anonymous tipline.