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.
Financial

Looking to fit it all together, banks adopt standards for cyber automation and integration

by Shaun Waterman • 22 hours ago

This week, the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Council said it was adopting the Integrated Adaptive Cyber Defense system — basically a collection of best practices, community-consensus driven standards, and open-source software projects.

Healthcare

Lawmaker to HHS: Label software in medical devices

by Shaun Waterman • 1 day ago

A national effort is needed to ensure that the owners and operators of medical devices, hospital IT networks and electronic health records management systems can find out what software and other technologies are in the products they are buying.

Government

Experts ask: Why does the VEP cut out health care agencies?

by Shaun Waterman • 2 days ago

"I totally get that you have to draw the line somewhere...they are drawing it in the wrong place."

Technology

Free DNS service from internet nonprofits makes security 'as simple as humanly possible'

by Shaun Waterman • 2 days ago

An internet immune system that blocks users and devices from visiting known malicious websites launched Thursday will be free for web users.

Financial

Experts say government's information sharing program is all take and no give

by Shaun Waterman • 3 days ago

Cyberthreat information sharing among private sector companies and with the federal government suffers from a tragedy of the commons, lawmakers were told Wednesday — everyone wants to receive, but few are prepared to make the effort to give back.

Government

DHS nominee Kirstjen Nielsen gets committee nod 11-4

by Shaun Waterman • 4 days ago

The nomination now moves onto the full Senate despite concerns from Democrats on the committee.

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