The National Cryptologic Museum (NCM) unveiled a newly remodeled gallery on July 29, highlighting achievements in information assurance and cybersecurity.
The new Magic Planet® device in the NCM's Gallery 3 provides an interactive presentation on the history of communications.
"Since our inception, we have tried to utilize the best people and technology to secure our nation's most important communications," Corin Stone, Executive Director of the National Security Agency, remarked at the gallery's grand opening. "[This] gallery helps us to be proud of our past accomplishments while reminding us of the challenges we face," she said.
The state-of-the art exhibit will play a critical role in the museum's ongoing efforts to educate the public about the agency's mission to protect critical national security information and systems. The effort to upgrade and remodel the gallery began last year and included support from the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation.
The highlight of the event - which attracted past and present agency leaders, members of the foundation's Board of Directors, and agency employees who created the displays - was the "lighting of the globe," a new Magic Planet® device that provides an interactive presentation on the history of communications. The new gallery also traces the development of the agency's information assurance mission from the electro-mechanical age and beginnings of secure voice communications in the 1940s through the present day. Exhibits range from displays on military tactical devices to those centered on the challenges of cybersecurity.
The National Cryptologic Museum is located at the intersection of Maryland Route 32 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (I-295), adjacent to the headquarters of the National Security Agency. For more information on the museum, tours, educational programs, and hours of operation, visit the National Cryptologic Museum page at NSA.gov. Admission and parking are free. You can also follow the museum on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/NationalCryptologicMuseum.