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

Second act for cybersecurity commissioners: Pritzker, Palmisano, Nadella form nonprofit

by Shaun Waterman • 2 days ago

Some members and staff of President Obama's Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity are seeking to advance the commission's goals through a nonprofit that will provide cyber risk-management best practices for small and medium-sized businesses, according to an announcement.

Government

Tallinn Manual author: Petya malware attack likely war crime

by Shaun Waterman • 2 days ago

Two prominent international law experts think the recent malware worm, if actually tied to Russia, constitutes a violation of the Geneva convention.

Financial

Insurers: Major cyberattack on cloud provider could cost more than huge hurricane

by Shaun Waterman • 4 days ago

A successful major hacking attack on a global cloud provider could cripple the nascent cyber-insurance market even though only a fraction of the losses would be covered, a new report says.

Technology

Despite its hacking prowess, Russia appears to have very messy networks

by Shaun Waterman • 4 days ago

New data from security vendor Comodo shows that Russia's computer networks are among the most malware-ridden in the world.

Government

Homeland security adviser explains what Trump meant by 'impenetrable Cyber Security unit'

by Shaun Waterman • 7 days ago

U.S. officials will open a dialogue with their Kremlin counterparts about "rules of the road" in cyberspace, White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert said.

Government

House funding bill for DHS follows Trump plan to cut research and science offices

by Shaun Waterman • 1 week ago

The Homeland Security funding bill advancing in the House follows the Trump administration's budget request in imposing severe cuts on the department's Science and Technology Directorate.

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