NSA Cryptologic History Symposium

NSA's Center for Cryptologic History (CCH) and the National Cryptologic Foundation (NCF) co-host the Cryptologic History Symposium. Since 1990, the Cryptologic History Symposium has served as an opportunity to present historical scholarship found in unclassified and declassified cryptologic records and engage in discussion about their significance to history. The event is an occasion for historians and those interested in history to gather for reflection and debate on relevant and important topics from the cryptologic past. Regular speakers include historians from CCH, the Intelligence Community, the defense establishment, the military services, scholars from American and international academic institutions, veterans of the cryptologic profession, graduate and undergraduate students, and noted authors. Past symposia have featured scholarship that set out new ways to consider our cryptologic heritage. The conference provides many opportunities to interact with leading historians and other experts. The mix of practitioners, scholars, and interested observers guarantees a lively debate that promotes an enhanced appreciation for past events.
 
The 18th Cryptologic History Symposium “Icons and Innovation” occurred virtually on May 11-12, 2022. The final program includes links to selected recorded sessions.

Sketchnotes from the following sessions are now available:
 
2022 Symposium on Cryptologic History Sketchnotes: Session 1 Session 1: Keynote Address by former DIRNSA, Admiral Bobby R. Inman, USN (retired) 
 
2022 Symposium on Cryptologic History Sketchnotes: Session 2A Session 2A: Cyber Conflict and Competition: What We Have Learned about Networks and Data as Strategic Risk and Reward
 
2022 Symposium on Cryptologic History Sketchnotes: Session 4 Session 4: The Making of "The Last Elephant Cage"
 
2022 Symposium on Cryptologic History Sketchnotes: Session 6A Session 6A: Long-Standing Ciphers, New Cryptanalysis
 
2022 Symposium on Cryptologic History Sketchnotes: Session 7C Session 7C: Cryptology's Intersection with Diplomacy
 
2022 Symposium on Cryptologic History Sketchnotes: Session 11C Session 11C: Women in Intelligence: British, Canadian, and American Perspectives