NSA News & Highlights

June 7, 2021

Linda Burger, NSA Director of the Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA) elected Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Executive Board Chair

During the 2021 Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) National Meeting, Linda Burger, Director of the NSA Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA), was elected to serve as the FLC Executive Board Chair, the organization’s highest elected position. She will serve a two-year term starting in October 2021.

June 4, 2021

Water Shortage

The story about Communications Intelligence (COMINT) and World War II’s Battle of Midway is now well known. The U.S. Navy COMINT system in early 1942 had intercepted detailed information about a major impending Japanese operation against the Americans, scheduled for June. Navy cryptanalysts had solved enough of the Japanese enciphered code system, known to them as JN-25, to provide Admiral Chester Nimitz with detailed intelligence about the enemy naval forces coming against him.

May 28, 2021

Women in STEM: Hieu-Hanh Do, Information System Security Officer

As advances across the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) continue to be pivotal in the way NSA accomplishes our mission, NSA’s office of Capabilities is committed to empowering women to take an active role in that transformation. Read on to find out how Information System Security Officer Hieu-Hanh Do went from becoming an accountant to serving as an Information System Security Officer.

May 19, 2021

NSA’s Role in the President’s Cyber Executive Order

The National Security Agency (NSA) will play an important role in implementing the requirements of an Executive Order (EO) that was recently signed by President Biden. The EO, entitled Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity, is designed to modernize cybersecurity defenses, improve information-sharing between the Federal Government and private sector on cyber issues, and strengthen the ability of the United States to respond to cyber incidents when they occur.

May 16, 2021

NSA Heading to Virtual RSA 2021

The 2021 RSA Conference has gone virtual, and NSA will be there! Cybersecurity experts from NSA will be joining peers and leaders from across industry, academia, and more to exchange bold new ideas that enable the cybersecurity industry to continually evolve.

May 14, 2021

NSA, Morgan State University Use Ghidra to Mitigate Vehicle Cyber Vulnerabilities

The National Security Agency recently partnered with Morgan State University to use Ghidra — an NSA-created reverse-engineering tool — to help identify cyber weaknesses in vehicles and improve their resistance to cyber threats.

May 12, 2021

Making a Difference over 30 Years with the NSA Police

PFC SP came to NSA more than 30 years ago because she needed a full-time job. She’d been working several part-time jobs and heard the Federal Government had opportunities. A job in law enforcement was not on her radar, but she filled out the paperwork and got the job.

May 10, 2021

NSA, ODNI and CISA Release 5G Analysis Paper

The National Security Agency (NSA), in partnership with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), and the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), published an analysis paper today which identifies and assesses risks and vulnerabilities introduced by 5G adoption. The Potential Threat Vectors to 5G Infrastructure analysis paper informs national 5G stakeholders of these issues to develop a comprehensive approach to solutions. 

May 7, 2021

Profiling DEFSMAC on National Space Day 2021

In April 1964, with the stroke of his pen, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara signed a U.S. Department of Defense Directive, and the Defense Special Missile and Astronautics Center was born.

May 7, 2021

NSA CISA, FBI, and the UK NCSC further expose Russian Intelligence Cyber Tactics

The National Security Agency (NSA), the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) jointly released an unclassified cybersecurity advisory, “Further TTPs associated with SVR cyber actors” today.