NSA established the Information Systems Security National Awards to recognize outstanding federal government organizational and individual excellence in the field of information systems security in 1989. Today, these annual awards are named in honor of the cryptographic pioneer Frank B. Rowlett signifying the importance of his work in protecting American communications. These awards are given to recognize both organizational and individual contributions to the cybersecurity discipline.
Frank B. Rowlett worked as a cryptanalyst and cryptologist when he and his colleagues solved the first Japanese machine system for encipherment of diplomatic communications, known to the Americans as RED. He also played a major role in solving a much more sophisticated Japanese diplomatic cipher machine, nicknamed PURPLE by the United States. When asked what his greatest contribution to this effort was, he once said, "I was the one who believed it could be done.“ He was inducted into the NSA/CSS Hall of Honor in 1999. Read more about Frank B. Rowlett
and his work on RED and PURPLE
The Frank B. Rowlett Trophy for Organizational Achievement is awarded to the federal government organization that makes the most significant contributions to the improvement of national cybersecurity; operational cybersecurity readiness; or the defensive cybersecurity operations posture of the United States.
We urge you to nominate those whose accomplishments in cybersecurity most warrant recognition to ensure all deserving individuals and organizations in the community have an opportunity to compete fairly.
Award Cycle & Eligibility:
Nominations are received annually through a call for nominations; and only federal government employees employed outside NSA/CSS may be nominated. NSA elements and individuals are not eligible for these awards. Contractors and contract agencies are also not eligible.