Frank B. Rowlett Awards


2021 Annual Frank B. Rowlett Awards Call for Nominations:

We are pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2021 Annual Frank B. Rowlett Awards. The Rowlett Awards serve to recognize major contributions by individuals and organizations whose efforts have significantly enhanced the advancement of Cybersecurity in security-related areas, either classified or unclassified.
 
To ensure that all deserving individuals and organizations in the community have an opportunity to compete, we urge you to nominate those whose outstanding accomplishments in cybersecurity most warrant recognition and to submit write-ups that appropriately reflect their achievements. Nominations are due by Friday 1 July 2022. If you have any questions, please email us at Rowlett_Awards@nsa.gov.

The Frank B. Rowlett Awards ceremony, during which we will formally recognize the awardees, is planned to be held in the fall timeframe at the National Security Agency. Winners will be notified of the ceremony's date and time. Celebrating these achievements will stimulate even greater interaction among information systems security users, planners, and producers and will lead to a more secure electronic environment for our nation in the 21st century.

 
 
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.
 
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Nomination narratives should be no longer than two pages and single-spaced, and should describe the specific accomplishments of the nominee or organization that occurred during the previous calendar year.  

In the signature page of the form make sure to include:

  • Signatures of supervisors, classification reviewers, and prepublication officials; and

  • Signature of the NSA representative, if available, of the agency or department. This is not required.

Please contact us for questions or more information. We also recommend providing an email alias for your government agency so we can contact your organization for the awards in coming years.

Guidance for completing and submitting the forms is below.

  1. Click on the grey area to enter text into a field

  2. Properly and completely portion-mark for classification (to include U and U//FOUO portion markings)

  3. Enter the names and titles of all required endorsers in the appropriate fields on the signature page, prior to printing the form

  4. In the header and footer, replace "CLASSIFICATION MUST BE UPDATED WHEN FORM IS COMPLETED" with the correct classification level for the document.  Classified materials must be transmitted over appropriately classified systems.

  5. Scan and email nomination forms.

The Frank B. Rowlett Awards Program presents a first place, non-monetary, Organizational Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding organizational accomplishments during the award period. Along with the winner, a runner up will also be recognized. The criteria considered include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Evidence of an organization’s ability to identify and solve significant cybersecurity problems, threats, or vulnerabilities.

  • Mission accomplishments and successes at the organizational or national level resulting from the application of cybersecurity.

  • Significant contribution to the elements or nation’s cybersecurity posture.

Download the Organizational Nomination Form Please note: You must download the form and open in Adobe Acrobat to view.

The Frank B. Rowlett Awards Program presents a first place, non-monetary Individual Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding individual accomplishments during the award period. Along with the winner, a runner up will also be recognized. The criteria considered include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Evidence of individual ability to identify and solve significant cybersecurity problems, threats, or vulnerabilities.

  • Demonstration of outstanding leadership and knowledge in the application of Cybersecurity.

  • Innovative and creative use of resources (personnel, fiscal, or facilities) to successfully accomplish cybersecurity related goals and missions.

  • Significant contribution to the improvement of his/her element’s information systems security posture.

Download the Individual Nomination Form Please note: You must download the form and open in Adobe Acrobat to view.

Year Trophy Type Individual/Agency
2020 Individual Jacqueline Cheramie (Naval Surface Warfare Center)
2020 Organizational DIA - USEUCOM Counterintelligence/Human Intelligence Division
2019 Individual Joseph E. Werle, U.S. Transportation Command
2019 Organizational U.S. Transportation Command (Command, Control, Communications, and Cyber Systems)
 
2018 Individual Justin Hodges — NIWC Atlantic Cybersecurity Service Provider 
2018 Organizational United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM)
2017 Individual TSgt Jacob R. Davidson — NRO 
2017 Organizational DIA - Office of the Counterintelligence
2016 Individual Marcus Stewart — Joint Staff J6
2016 Organizational United States Africa Command - Cyber Security Operations Division
2015 Individual Kurt Garbars — United States General Services Administration
2015 Organizational United States Strategic Command - USSTRATCOM NC3 Cybersecurity
Team
2013 Individual United States Department of Health and Human Services
2013 Organizational Federal Bureau of Investigation
2012 Individual Office of the Chief Information Officer, DHHS
2012 Organizational Enterprise Security Operations Center, FBI/DoJ
2011 Individual IA/Security Division, FBI/DoJ
2011 Organizational U.S. Transportation Command
2010 Individual 86th Communication Squadron, USAF
2010 Organizational Missile Defense Agency
2009 Individual United States Air Force, NORAD-USNORTHCOM
2009 Organizational U.S. Department of State, Site Risk Scoring Program Team
2008 Individual Computer Network Defense Branch, USAF
2008 Organizational U. S. STRATCOM Joint Task Force - Global Network Operations
(JTF-GNO)
2007 Individual HQMC C4 IA
2007 Organizational U. S. STRATCOM Air Force Intrusion Prevention and Response Team
2006 Individual C4 Systems Directorate, U. S. Transportation Command
2006 Organizational Air Force Service Certifying Organization (AFSCO)
2005 Individual U.S. Strategic Command
2005 Organizational Air Force Service Certifying Organization (AFSCO)
2004 Individual Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
2004 Organizational The Bureau of Diplomatic Security's Cyber Threat Analysis
Division, US Department of State
2003 Individual U.S. PACOM
2003 Organizational U.S. TRANSCOM
2002 Individual U.S. Strategic Command
2002 Organizational U.S. Joint Forces Command
2001 Individual U.S. Joint Forces Command
2001 Organizational 33d Information Operations Squadron of Lackland Air Force Base
2000 Individual U.S. Strategic Command Offutt AFB, Nebraska
2000 Organizational U.S. Transportation Command Information Systems Security Branch
of the Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems Directorate
(TCJ6) Scott AFB, Illinois
1999 Individual Air Force Communications Agency Scott AFB, Illinois
1999 Organizational Information Technology Support Division Directorate for C4
Systems U.S. Strategic Command
1998 Individual Marine Corps Information Technology Network Operations Center
Quantico, Virginia
1998 Organizational 100th Communications Squadron RAF Mildenhall, England
1997 Individual 100th Communications Squadron RAF Mildenhall, England
1997 Organizational Information Systems Security Branch Command, Control,
Communications & Computer Systems Directorate U.S. Transportation Command
1996 Individual HQ USCINCPAC/J6
1996 Organizational PACAF Computer Systems Squadron Regional Information Protection
Center HQ Pacific Air Forces
1995 Individual U.S. Strategic Command
1995 Organizational Office of Information Security General Services Administration
1994 Individual Air Mobility Command
1994 Organizational U.S. Strategic Command
1993 Individual 7th Communications Group, Pentagon
1993 Organizational Air Force Cryptologic Support Center, AFIC
1992 Individual U.S. Space Command
1992 Organizational C41 Department Headquarters, United States Marine Corps
1991 Individual White House Communications Agency
1991 Organizational Intelligence Community Staff DCI's Information Handling Committee
1990 Individual Department of the Air Force
1990 Organizational The Treasury Department Technical Security Division U.S. Secret
Service