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Feb. 20, 2024

National Security Agency Announces Retirement of Cybersecurity Director

FORT MEADE, Md. – The National Security Agency (NSA) announces the retirement of Rob Joyce, the Director of Cybersecurity and the Deputy National Manager, National Security Systems; effective March 31, 2024.

Feb. 14, 2024

NSA Awards Authors of Study of Automated Attacks on New Webservers

The National Security Agency (NSA) Research Directorate recently selected “Uninvited Guests: Analyzing the Identity and Behavior of Certificate Transparency Bots,” as the winner of its 11th Annual Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper Competition.

Feb. 7, 2024

Combatting Cyber Threat Actors Perpetrating Living Off the Land Intrusions

The National Security Agency (NSA) is proud to partner with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the United Kingdom National Cyber Security Center (NSC-UK) on CISA’s Cybersecurity Technical Report (CTR) “Identifying and Mitigating Living Off the Land,” which provides guidance on defending against common living off the land (LOTL) techniques. This release follows a May 2023 joint Cybersecurity Advisory on LOTL techniques.

Jan. 3, 2024

Cybersecurity Speaker Series: Preparing for Post-Quantum

Cryptography is our first and last line of defense for the nation’s most sensitive systems. The quantum threat is real and it is imperative to modernize to protect these systems now. In the next video in the Cybersecurity Speaker Series released today, NSA’s Senior Cryptographic Authority, Dr. Adrian Stanger, and NSA’s Cryptographic Solutions Technical Director, Dr. William J. Layton, sat down with NSA’s Cybersecurity Collaboration Center Chief DIB Defense, Bailey Bickley, to discuss preparing for Post-Quantum.

Dec. 19, 2023

NSA Publishes 2023 Cybersecurity Year in Review

The National Security Agency (NSA) published its 2023 Cybersecurity Year in Review today to share its recent cybersecurity successes and how it is working with partners to deliver on cybersecurity advances that enhance national security. This year’s report highlights NSA’s work with U.S government partners, foreign partners, and the Defense Industrial Base.

Dec. 14, 2023

NSA Releases Recommendations to Mitigate Software Supply Chain Risks

In response to an increase in cyberattacks to supply chains over the past five years, including targeted attacks of software supply chains, the National Security Agency (NSA) is releasing the Cybersecurity Information Sheet (CSI), “Recommendations for Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) Management.” This CSI provides network owners and operators with guidance for incorporating SBOM use to help protect the cybersecurity supply chain, with a focus on and some additional guidance for National Security Systems (NSS).

Dec. 13, 2023

Russian Cyber Actors are Exploiting a Known Vulnerability with Worldwide Impact

The National Security Agency (NSA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and co-authoring agencies warn that Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) cyber actors are exploiting a publicly known vulnerability to compromise victims globally, including in the United States and in allied countries. To raise awareness and help organizations identify, protect, and mitigate this malicious activity, the authoring agencies have jointly released the Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA), “Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) Exploiting JetBrains TeamCity CVE Globally.”

Dec. 12, 2023

NSA Issues Recommendations to Protect Software Defined Networking Controllers

The National Security Agency (NSA) has released the Cybersecurity Information Sheet (CSI), “Managing Risk from Software Defined Networking Controllers.” The report provides recommendations to help National Security Systems (NSS), Department of Defense (DoD), and Defense Industrial Base (DIB) network administrators mitigate the risks associated with software driven network management solutions, such as Software Defined Networking Controllers (SDNC).

Dec. 7, 2023

NSA, UK National Cyber Security Centre, and Partners Release Update About Russian ‘Star Blizzard’ Spear-phishing Campaign

he National Security Agency (NSA) has joined the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC-UK) and other partners in releasing the Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA), “Russian FSB Cyber Actor Star Blizzard Continues Worldwide Spear-Phishing Campaigns,” to raise awareness of the specific spear-phishing techniques used by Star Blizzard to target individuals and organizations, including the U.S. government and Defense Industrial Base, and to provide guidelines to protect against the continued threat.

Dec. 6, 2023

U.S. and International Partners Issue Recommendations to Secure Software Products Through Memory Safety

FORT MEADE, Md. - The National Security Agency (NSA) joins Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and U.S. and international partners in releasing ”The Case for Memory Safe Roadmaps” Cybersecurity Information Sheet (CSI). Expanding on the “Software Memory Safety” CSI published by NSA in April 2023, the report provides guidance for software manufacturers and technology providers to create roadmaps tailored to eliminate memory safety vulnerabilities from their products.