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INFORMATION ASSURANCE NSA's Information Assurance Mission delivers technology, products, and services to secure our clients' information and information systems.
Our Vision: To be the decisive advantage enabling America and its allies to outmaneuver network adversaries.
Our Mission: Measurably improve the security of critical operations and information by providing know-how and technology to our suppliers and clients when and where they need it.
Our Value: is founded on a unique and deep understanding of risks, vulnerabilities, mitigations, and threats.

This is a special edition of the Journal of Information Warfare (JIW), written in collaboration with the Information Assurance Directorate (IAD) of the NSA. In this publication, we bring you 10 articles from current and highly technical subject matter experts from NSA, all of which focus on cyber-security efforts that attempt to realize Confidence in Cyberspace. Journal of Information Warfare, Vol 13, Issue 2

National Security Cyber Assistance Program

The National Security Agency (NSA) / Information Assurance Directorate (IAD) has established a National Security Cyber Assistance Program wherein commercial organizations can receive accreditation for cyber incident response services. This accreditation in Cyber Incident Response Assistance will validate that an organization has established processes, effective tools and knowledgeable people with the proper skill set and expertise to perform cyber incident response for national security systems. The accreditation will only be issued to organizations that meet the criteria set forth in the NSA/IAD Accreditation Instruction Manual.

For more information, please see the NSCAP webpage.

2014 IAD Top Technology Challenges

  1. Resiliency - Resilient Architecture and Operations
  2. Automated Risk Detection-monitoring Heuristic / Behavioral - Large scale / Real-time / Multi-domain
  3. Automated Risk Mitigation
  4. Usability - Transparent Security
  5. Cloud - Store Sensitive Government Data Searchable and Usable on Public Clouds
  6. Detection and Response Mechanisms for Insiders (Timely, Fine-grained)
  7. Leverage Classified Knowledge/Signatures in a Host-based System
  8. Mobility - Hardware RoT, SEAndroid, Secure boot, Secure Baseband
  9. Security for Cloud User Environments - Thick / Thin Client, Virtualization
  10. Engineering, Testing, and Operating Secure Composite Systems
  11. Establishing and Maintaining Assurance in Heterogeneous, Mobile and Cloud Environments

NSA's Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC)

NSA's Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) program was established to use commercial products in layered solutions to protect classified data on National Security Systems (NSS).

For more information on CSfC, see the CSfC website at

IAD's Latest Security Guide Helps Customers Protect Home Networks

The Information Assurance Directorate (IAD) at NSA recently released a new technical guide entitled Best Practices for Securing a Home Network. This guidance could not be more timely in light of the increasing threats to U.S. public and private networks, alike. Over the past ten years, IAD has provided many guidance documents to customers outlining practical tips for improving the security of all kinds of applications, operating systems, routers, databases, and more. Recently, Best Practices was produced in video format. Take a moment to view the guide, or watch the video.


Date Posted: Jan 15, 2009 | Last Modified: Jul 22, 2014 | Last Reviewed: Jul 22, 2014