NSA News & Highlights

Sept. 1, 2021

NSA welcomes Gilbert Herrera as the Director of Research

On 16 August 2021, Gilbert V. (Gil) Herrera was appointed as the Director of Research at the National Security Agency (NSA). NSA’s Research Directorate conducts world-class scientific research to develop new and innovative techniques and technologies to enable the SIGINT and Cybersecurity missions of NSA/CSS as well as joint-authority missions of the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense.

Aug. 3, 2021

NSA, CISA release Kubernetes Hardening Guidance

The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released a Cybersecurity Technical Report, “Kubernetes Hardening Guidance,” today. This report details threats to Kubernetes environments and provides configuration guidance to minimize risk.

July 29, 2021

Defeating malicious cyber actors requires partnerships

Participating on a panel alongside other high-level officials from the federal, state and private sector, National Security Agency Deputy Director George Barnes discussed NSA’s role within the nation’s shared response to future malicious cyber activities during Thursday’s Annapolis Cybersecurity Summit.

July 29, 2021

NSA Issues Guidance on Securing Wireless Devices in Public Settings

NSA released the Cybersecurity Information Sheet, “Securing Wireless Devices in Public Settings” today to help National Security System (NSS), Department of Defense (DoD), and Defense Industrial Base (DIB) teleworkers identify potential threats and minimize risks to their wireless devices and data.

July 29, 2021

What Do NSA and NASA Have in Common?

Surprisingly, the acronyms for the National Security Agency (NSA) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) cans sometimes get mixed up. Though often an inadvertent mix-up on the initials, the truth is both organizations share a common passion for boundary breaking science and technology.

July 23, 2021

Artificial Intelligence: Next Frontier is Cybersecurity

NSA’s Jason Wang, technical director for the Computer and Analytic Sciences Research Group, forecasted a future in which AI will support the Intelligence Community’s (IC) efforts to secure and defend our Nation’s networks.

July 21, 2021

NSA named 2021 Public-Sector Employer of the Year

CAREERS & the disABLED magazine selected the National Security Agency as the 2021 Public-Sector Employer of the Year, a testament to the agency’s continued commitment to providing equal employment opportunities and fostering a fair and equitable work environment.

July 19, 2021

NSA, CISA, and FBI detail Chinese State-Sponsored Actions, Mitigations

The National Security Agency (NSA), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released a Cybersecurity Advisory, Chinese State-Sponsored Cyber Operations: Observed TTPs. This advisory describes over 50 tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) Chinese state-sponsored cyber actors used when targeting U.S. and allied networks, and details mitigations.

July 6, 2021

The Making of a Military Linguist: Col. Alva Lasswell, USMC

Language analysts have always been an important part of intelligence work. After World War I, as the U.S. Navy saw an ever-increasing threat from the Empire of Japan, the leadership decided to set up a language program to train naval personnel as skilled language analysts. However, one of the participants, NSA Hall of Honor member Col Alva Lasswell, may never have studied the Japanese language if not for a serendipitous meeting.

July 1, 2021

NSA, Partners Release Cybersecurity Advisory on Brute Force Global Cyber Campaign

The National Security Agency (NSA), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) released a Cybersecurity Advisory today exposing malicious cyber activities by Russian military intelligence against U.S. and global organizations, starting from mid-2019 and likely ongoing. This advisory is being released as part of NSA's routine and continuing cybersecurity mission to warn network defenders of nation state threats.