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Information Assurance Research


NSA's Trusted Systems Research Group, formerly the National Information Assurance Research Laboratory, is the U.S. government's premier information assurance research and design center; our IA experts conduct and sponsor research in the technologies and techniques which will secure America's information systems of tomorrow. Our researchers aren't just inventing products-we're trying to invent a safer future.

Built upon a foundation of five decades of experience designing against threats from the most determined adversaries in the world, the IA Lab's extensive in-house research program now ranges from cryptographic algorithms to photonics, from operating systems like SELinux, to advanced intrusion detection tools. We complement the deep experience of our workforce with close and creative partnerships in high-technology-with industry, academia, government, and with colleagues scattered around the globe. If you are looking for a challenge, we guarantee our problem set will put your talents and training to the test. Come apprentice with the masters and help us make the world safer through IA.

For more information about career opportunities, please visit the Careers section of our web site.


Our staff comprises chiefly of graduate-degreed Mathematicians, Computer Scientists, Engineers, and Physical Scientists. In applying that academic foundation to the IA mission, we have transcended the limits of our disciplines to become a community of IA designers and researchers. If you join us, we'll help you push the limits of your expertise to tackle the hard problems inherent in designing protection mechanisms which can stand the test of time.

At NSA, you have the potential to make much more than new products; you have the opportunity to make an enormous impact and leave your mark as a technical legend. Our inventions and patents offer notoriety, publishing opportunities, and sometimes even royalties for our workforce. Your work will also provide industry with building blocks to push the state-of-the-art in commercial IA and help millions of people across the Nation, now and in the future.

So, if being a designer of visionary capabilities-capabilities whose realization requires cutting-edge IA solutions-interests you, then consider joining NSA and the staff in our quest to protect the Nation's critical information from an unfriendly world.

For more information about career opportunities, please visit the Careers section of our web site.

The Trusted Systems Research Group conducts in-house research in the following focus areas: