NSA News & Highlights

Nov. 24, 2020

The Last Sioux Nation Code Talker

The communication efforts of the World War II Code Talkers have become nearly legendary, with the line between myth and reality blurred by time and Hollywood. Clarence Wolf Guts, a Sioux Nation Code Talker, may be the key to a common myth suggesting that Code Talkers would be killed by their bodyguards if they were about to be captured.

Nov. 20, 2020

From Soldier to Scholar: Vince Houghton Named Director of National Cryptologic Museum

NSA’s National Cryptologic Museum (NCM) is thriving and plans to keep growing as it welcomes a new Director. As the Agency’s principle gateway to the public, the museum has accelerated its virtual outreach efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, proving you don’t have to leave home to enjoy its treasures.

Nov. 20, 2020

NSA’s Tech Transfer Team Wins Top DoD Award

The Office of Research & Technology Applications (ORTA) won the Department of Defense (DoD) 2020 George F. Linsteadt Technology Transfer (T2) Achievement Award for creating NSA’s process for releasing NSA developed capabilities to the open-source software (OSS) community.

Nov. 18, 2020

NSA’s school house celebrates 30 years of accreditation

The Council on Occupational Education (COE) recognized National Security Agency’s National Cryptologic School (NCS) for completing 30 years of accredited status at the Council’s Virtual Annual Meeting on November 11, 2020. NCS was initially accredited with COE in 1990, and has undergone rigorous self-studies and subsequent site visits in order to maintain this recognition.

Nov. 10, 2020

NSA and U.S. Naval Academy celebrate designation of Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations Program in closed ceremony

The National Security Agency and the U.S. Naval Academy celebrated the designation of the Academy's cyber operations program as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO) today. The ceremony took place at the U.S. Naval Academy, in Hopper Hall, the Naval Academy’s newest building, named for retired computer scientist Real Admiral Grace Hopper. Diane M. Janosek, Commandant of NSA’s National Cryptologic School, which houses the CAE-CO program, presented the award to the Academy in a closed ceremony.

Nov. 2, 2020

Federal Laboratory Consortium Names Two NSA Employees to Executive Board

For the first time in NSA history, two female employees have been chosen to simultaneously serve on the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Executive Board. Research directorate employees Linda Burger and Karen Presley from the NSA Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA) were recently named to the FLC Executive Board. 

Oct. 29, 2020

NSA's Laboratory for Physical Sciences Announces First-Ever Qubit Collaboratory

The National Security Agency’s Laboratory for Physical Sciences (LPS) is launching the LPS Qubit Collaboratory (LQC) in partnership with the Army Research Office (ARO). First described by computer scientist Dr. William Wulf in 1989, a collaboratory is a “center without walls in which the nation’s researchers can perform their research without regard to physical location, interacting with colleagues, accessing instrumentation, sharing data and computational resources, [and] accessing information in digital libraries.”

Oct. 28, 2020

Science of Security’s Annual Security Conference Goes Virtual and Gets Record Attendance

The Science of Security (SoS) & Privacy program recently sponsored the Hot Topics in Science of Security (HoTSoS) Conference. This premier event brings NSA and other researchers together in an unclassified environment along with practitioners and thought leaders from government, industry, and academia, to discuss scientific foundations of cybersecurity.

Oct. 27, 2020

NSA Secures 5G Through Partnerships

As NCSAM comes to a close, we look to our NSA experts to give a general overview on a popular topic: 5G technology.

Oct. 26, 2020

NSA Cybersecurity Perspectives on Quantum Key Distribution and Quantum Cryptography

In response to requests from mission customers, NSA is publicly sharing guidance on quantum key distribution (QKD) and quantum cryptography (QC) as it relates to securing National Security Systems (NSS).