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

Responsible vulnerability disclosure is becoming an international norm

by Shaun Waterman • 3 days ago

More and more democracies are adopting a policy of disclosing vulnerabilities as opposed sitting on them for their own intelligence gains.

Government

Some federal websites now allowing users to login via secure USB keys

by Shaun Waterman • 2 weeks ago

Three federal agencies have signed up to let the public use keysticks conforming to the Universal Second Factor standard.

Technology

Auditors get guidance on SSH key management

by Shaun Waterman • 2 weeks ago

A new guide for auditors says SSH key management should be on their checklist because the proliferation of unmanaged keys for the ubiquitous encryption protocol means IT networks can't be guaranteed as secure.

Government

Cyber companies urged to share — and not sell — threat info

by Shaun Waterman • 2 weeks ago

DHS wants cyber companies to give their threat intelligence away as widely as possible. Surprisingly, many cybersecurity companies seem to agree.

Financial

Equifax breached, up to 143 million SSNs and DOBs stolen, all Americans offered credit monitoring

by Shaun Waterman • 2 weeks ago

The huge data company says it will offer free credit monitoring to anyone who wants it, whether their personal information was was stolen or not.

Government

Officials: U.S. should share threat info on — but not blacklist — Kaspersky products

by Shaun Waterman • 2 weeks ago

Both current and former officials say the government needs to take a different approach with Kaspersky's products.

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