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.
Government

How Congress could handle cybersecurity-focused bills in 2018

by Shaun Waterman • 1 week ago

CyberScoop polled a half dozen people who work on cybersecurity policy issues to come up with a verdict on each piece of possible legislation.

Technology

VMware announces, patches critical flaw in its VDP backup product

by Shaun Waterman • 2 weeks ago

The company has publicly pushed patches to close vulnerabilities that can lead to remote root access.

Government

Gov email report is a mixed bag ahead of DMARC deadline

by Shaun Waterman • 2 weeks ago

Less than two weeks away from a DHS deadline, more than half of all agencies still don’t use Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance.

Government

The Wassenaar Arrangement's latest language is making security researchers very happy

by Shaun Waterman • 4 weeks ago

Security researchers are saying rewritten language that includes hacking tools in a treaty that regulates the global trade in weapons technology, saying it fixes rules that, if implemented in the U.S., would have outlawed much of the daily commerce of the cybersecurity industry.

Government

European police take down criminals behind two big ransomware strains

by Shaun Waterman • 4 weeks ago

A joint law enforcement efforts has arrest the criminals allegedly behind the CTB-locker and Cerber ransomware strains.

Technology

How a bad Wi-Fi router flaw led to a perfect example of responsible disclosure

by Shaun Waterman • 4 weeks ago

The story how a researcher, a security industry behemoth and a private telecom company all came together to act responsibly in order to fix a bad flaw.

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