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Rowlett Awards

The Frank B. Rowlett Trophy for Organizational Achievement is awarded to the Federal Government organization that makes the most significant contributions to the improvement of national cybersecurity, operational cybersecurity readiness, or the defensive cybersecurity operations posture of the United States.

May 19, 2021

NSA’s Role in the President’s Cyber Executive Order

The National Security Agency (NSA) will play an important role in implementing the requirements of an Executive Order (EO) that was recently signed by President Biden. The EO, entitled Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity, is designed to modernize cybersecurity defenses, improve information-sharing between the Federal Government and private sector on cyber issues, and strengthen the ability of the United States to respond to cyber incidents when they occur.

April 15, 2021

Russian Foreign Intelligence Service Exploiting Five Publicly Known Vulnerabilities to Compromise U.S. and Allied Networks

The National Security Agency (NSA), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) jointly released a Cybersecurity Advisory, “Russian SVR Targets U.S. and Allied Networks,” today to expose ongoing Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) exploitation of five publicly known vulnerabilities.

April 9, 2021

Rob Joyce begins as NSA’s Director of Cybersecurity

Rob Joyce started as the National Security Agency’s new Director of Cybersecurity last week.

March 24, 2021

NSA Cybersecurity Collaboration Center Releases First Speaker Series Video on Protective Domain Name System (PDNS)

NSA released today the first video of its new Cybersecurity Collaboration Center speaker series. In these talks, NSA experts will share insights, lessons, and contributions of their cybersecurity work.

March 4, 2021

NSA and CISA Release Cybersecurity Information on Protective DNS

The National Security Agency and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released a cybersecurity information sheet, “Selecting a Protective DNS Service” on Thursday. This publication details the benefits of using a Protective Domain Name System (PDNS), which criteria to consider when selecting a PDNS provider, and how to effectively implement PDNS.

Feb. 25, 2021

NSA Issues Guidance on Zero Trust Security Model

The National Security Agency published a cybersecurity product, “Embracing a Zero Trust Security Model,” on Thursday.

Jan. 28, 2021

Computing Society Honors NSA Cybersecurity Expert

Dr. Josiah Dykstra, NSA’s Cybersecurity Collaboration Center Subject Matter Expert, has been recognized as a Distinguished Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Jan. 14, 2021

NSA Recommends How Enterprises Can Securely Adopt Encrypted DNS

The National Security Agency released a cybersecurity product, “Adopting Encrypted DNS in Enterprise Environments,” Thursday explaining the benefits and risks of adopting the encrypted domain name system (DNS) protocol, DNS over HTTPs (DoH), in enterprise environments. The release provides solutions for secure implementation based on enterprise network needs.

Jan. 8, 2021

NSA Cybersecurity 2020 Year in Review

Last year marked the NSA Cybersecurity Directorate's first full year since its establishment, and today we are releasing our 2020 NSA Cybersecurity Year in Review. This document details how NSA worked to prevent and eradicate cyber threats to our nation's most sensitive systems and critical infrastructure. Our cybersecurity mission integrated threat intelligence, vulnerability analysis, cryptographic knowledge, defense operations and diverse technical expertise to secure the nation.

Jan. 5, 2021

NSA releases “Eliminating Obsolete Transport Layer Security (TLS) Protocol Configurations” Cybersecurity Information

The National Security Agency released a cybersecurity product detailing how to detect and fix out-of-date encryption protocol implementations. Networks and systems that use deprecated forms of Transport Layer Security (TLS) or Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) for traffic sessions are at risk of sensitive data exposure and decryption.