NSA News & Highlights

March 22, 2001

NSA Announces the Designation of Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education

The National Security Agency (NSA) has designated the following universities as Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education for academic years 2001 through 2004.

March 13, 2001

National Security Agency Embarks on Managed Competition for Non-Mission Information Technology

The National Security Agency (NSA) released the classified Request for Proposals (RFP) for Project GROUNDBREAKER on 2 March 2001 to three cleared industry contractor alliance teams.

Feb. 12, 2001

NSA Employees Receive First-Ever Royalty Checks

On 14 February 2001 the Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) Lt Gen Michael Hayden will present the first-ever royalty checks to two NSA employees for their invention of software source code that NSA licensed to Raytheon Company which then developed a commercial product that it has sold to other Department of Defense agencies and commercial entities.

Jan. 2, 2001

National Security Agency Shares Security Enhancements to LINUX

Recognizing the critical role of operating system security mechanisms in supporting security for critical and sensitive applications National Security Agency (NSA) researchers have been investigating an operating system architecture that can provide the necessary security functionality in a manner that can meet the security needs of a wide range of computing environments.

Nov. 20, 2000

NSA Moves Forward with Reformed Acquisition Program

On 8 November 2000 the National Security Agency successfully accomplished its initial acquisition milestone under its new acquisition program and released a draft Request for Proposal (RFP) to industry for concept studies.

Oct. 11, 2000

NSA Director Tops Speakers' List for National Information Systems Security Conference

National Security Agency Director Lt Gen Michael V. Hayden headlines the Opening Plenary Session of the National Information Systems Security Conference to be held October 16-19 at the Convention Center in Baltimore Maryland.

Oct. 10, 2000

New Exhibit to be Unveiled at the National Cryptologic Museum

On 13 October 2000 at 2:00 p.m. Mr. Michael J. Jacobs Deputy Director of Information Systems Security National Security Agency will officiate at the unveiling of a new National Cryptologic Museum exhibit dedicated to the SIGSALY the first worldwide secure digital voice communications system.

Sept. 11, 2000

New Exhibit Showcases Vital Role of Cryptology in the Korean Conflict

On 18 September 2000 at 6:00 p.m. Lt Gen Michael V. Hayden USAF Director National Security Agency/Chief Central Security Service will officiate at the unveiling of a new National Cryptologic Museum exhibit highlighting the vital role cryptology played in several crucial events during the Korean conflict.

Aug. 29, 2000

NIAP Approves First Private Industry Testing Labs for Common Criteria Evaluations

The National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have announced the approval of the first four private industry testing laboratories to perform information technology security product evaluations according to procedures established by the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP).

July 31, 2000

Director of National Security Agency Welcomes MG Harry D. Gatanas, Senior Acquisition Executive

Lt Gen Michael V. Hayden USAF Director National Security Agency has created a new executive-level position to oversee the Agency's acquisition process and has appointed retired Major General Harry D. Gatanas for the position.