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Shaun Waterman
Shaun Waterman is Federal Editor at Homeland Security Today. Shaun is an award-winning journalist who has worked for the BBC and United Press International. In the past five years, Shaun has launched two of the best-respected and most widely read DC daily cybersecurity newsletters — POLITICO Pro's Morning Cybersecurity and Scoop News Group's CyberScoop. Shaun became UPI's Homeland and National Security Editor shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, covering the Department of Homeland Security from its standup in 2003. His reporting on DHS and counter-terrorism policy earned him two (2005, 2011) "Dateline Washington" awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, and a senior fellowship at the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security. In 2009-10 Shaun produced a major report on cybersecurity for critical infrastructure at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a leading Washington think tank. From 2010-2013, he wrote about intelligence, foreign affairs and cybersecurity as a staff reporter for The Washington Times. 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 three American sons, Miles, Harry and Peter.

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Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz

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Feds Scrapping DUNS Numbers for Contractors

The GSA says “Goodbye!” to the Data Universal Numbering System, or DUNS numbers — and the vendor who provided them, Dun and Bradstreet. It says “Hello!” to the System for Award Management Managed Identifier or SAMMI number — and its new vendor, Ernst and Young.

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Norsk Hydro’s Swift Cyber Response Draws Plaudits

Norwegian hydro-power and aluminum giant Norsk Hydro has been winning plaudits for the way it responded to a massive ransomware attack that shut down the company’s IT network Tuesday and forced it to resort to manual operations at many of its plants.

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Navy Cyber Review: U.S. Military Already Overmatched by Russia, China

navy quartermaster with computer on USS ashland

The U.S. military has already been overtaken in its warfighting ability by “near peer” adversaries Russia and China — if you take into account the vulnerability to cyber attack of America’s civilian industries vital to the war effort, like the power grid.

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Social Media Faces Backlash After Livestreaming N.Z. Mosque Terror Attack

Two major groups representing advertisers in New Zealand are urging companies to reconsider spending on Facebook and other social media sites, after the massacre of 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch was video-streamed live — and remained available online five days after the massacre.

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Nielsen Wants to ‘Crowd-Source’ Defending the Homeland: A ‘Whole of Society’ Approach

DHS will host the first-ever National Summit on Terrorism Prevention this year, aiming to “crowd-source” the department’s mission to defend the homeland. The summit, bringing together “tech companies, NGOs, community leaders, law enforcement, social service providers,” and others, is part of a new “whole of society” approach to needed in the face of new threats evolving too quickly for a government-speed response.

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ICE Streamlining Source Selection for Faster Acquisition

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is experimenting with some new and innovative techniques in procurement — an effort to make the process quicker and easier to understand for vendors, especially smaller businesses.

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DARPA Lays Out New Approach for Small Business Contracting

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has published a list of 10 innovation target areas it hopes to use small business contracts to address in the coming year, and announced the establishment of a small business incubator.

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