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Dec. 5, 2019

Ghidra Roars into World Recognition!

The open source version of Ghidra, the NSA Research-developed software reverse engineering (SRE) framework, was awarded the highly-acclaimed 2019 R&D 100 Award! Ghidra was created in the late 1990s and has been a longstanding contributor to NSA’s Cybersecurity mission. With its public release, Ghidra’s sphere of influence has dramatically increased.

Nov. 27, 2019

History highlight: World War II cryptologist serving in the Women's Army Corps

President Trump recently declared November as National Veterans and Military Families month. This month, the National Security Agency has featured a short history series that highlights the contributions of some lesser known cryptologic heroes. This week is the final segment in our three-part series. This week's edition features the story of a World War II cryptologist serving in the Women's Army Corps (WAC).

Nov. 19, 2019

History highlight: A living language resource

National Veterans and Military Families month article about World War II linguist Clarence Yamagata.

Nov. 14, 2019

NSA Inspires the Girl Scouts on Their Way to the Moon

On 19 October, more than 250 Girl Scouts gathered in Hunt Valley, Md. to put their leadership and cybersecurity skills to the test at the inaugural Girl Scouts Cyber Challenge. Their quest was clear: The world’s first moon colony had been hacked, and now they must form an incident response team to determine who hacked their systems and how to stop them. 

Nov. 13, 2019

History highlight: Not a job for a nervous man

Article highlighting the story of a World War I radio intercept operator in honor of National Veterans and Military Families month 2019.

Nov. 13, 2019

Four Celebrated in Cryptologic Hall of Honor Ceremony

The National Security Agency celebrated its 67th birthday Monday, November 4 by honoring four cryptologic greats.These individuals whose contributions to American cryptology placed them among the very best and brightest to ever serve in the once silent world of making and breaking codes.The honorees, including former Director Lt. Gen. Kenneth A.

Nov. 7, 2019

We're Not Bots - People Solving Hard Problems

Keppel Wood recently joined the new Cybersecurity Directorate as the Chief Operations Officer of the Cybersecurity Collaboration Center- 3C for short. “Your network is only as secure as its last patch or latest update, at speed,” says Keppel, who considers herself a computer nerd at heart.

Oct. 31, 2019

There Are Zombies in Our Midst

As smart devices replace static devices, complications arise when it comes to security. For instance, a smart phone has a lifecycle of about two years, in part because companies stop supporting older devices in lieu of updated operating systems, hardware, and new technology developments. Companies are also perpetually looking to sell customers upgraded options with more capabilities. 

Oct. 25, 2019

We’re Not Bots – We’re Ohana

What’s unique about National Security Agency Hawai’i is not only the palm trees and never-ending sunshine, it’s the fact that they’re collocated with their primary customer, the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. In short, they’re one big Ohana. That’s Hawaiian for family, which is what keeps G Galloway (known as “G”) excited to come to work every day.

Oct. 25, 2019

NSA Article - Innovation and Diversity - We want to see you in Honolulu!

Innovation drives the success of NSA mission, and the diversity of NSA’s workforce fosters that innovation through ideas and contributions of individuals from different backgrounds.

Oct. 18, 2019

We’re Not Bots: Bots Can’t Build Partnerships 

Training the next generation of cyber talent is Emily Fox’s passion. She wears many hats, serving as NSA’s DevOps security lead, a volunteer with NSA’s K-12 STEM programs, open source contributor, and Girl Scout leader. In every role, Fox’s goal is to inform and educate the next generation of women in technology.

Oct. 17, 2019

Creating and Cracking NSA’s Codebreaker Challenge

More than 100 students packed into a classroom at Oregon State University (OSU) recently to get unique insight into NSA’s Codebreaker Challenge from its creator, Eric Bryant.

Oct. 7, 2019

NSA Cybersecurity Advisory: Malicious Cyber Actors Leveraging VPN Vulnerabilities for Attack; Check VPN Products for Upgrade

The National Security Agency is alerting that multiple Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) actors are currently exploiting various VPN vulnerabilities to gain access to unprotected networks.

Oct. 7, 2019

NSA Employee Satisfaction Continues to Rise

The results from this year’s Intelligence Community (IC) Climate Survey show the people who work at NSA are dedicated- saying they are constantly looking for ways to do their jobs better, to collaborate with each other, and enjoy work-life balance.

Oct. 1, 2019

Strengthening the Front Line: NSA Launches New Cybersecurity Directorate

Article explaining NSA's new Cybersecurity Directorate.

Sept. 20, 2019

NSA Launches Latest Codebreaker Challenge

Article about NSA launching its 20 September 2019 to 10 January 2010 Codebreaker Challenge competition for students at U.S. based academic institutions.

Sept. 4, 2019

NSA and UH Mānoa: Partnering to Produce the Talent and Tools for Tomorrow

Over the past 12 years, NSA and UH Mānoa have partnered to work on hard mission problems and educate the workforce of the future both in language and cybersecurity. The partnership began in 2007 when UH Mānoa started offering NSA employees – particularly military members – specialized courses in Chinese and eventually Korean. The intensive six week courses improve skills in language and culture, and can yield up to 16 credits toward a college degree.

Sept. 3, 2019

Time to Sharpen Pencils and Change Passwords

Article reminding parents and students to follow best cybersecurity practices as students return to school in the fall.

Aug. 7, 2019

NSA Hosts Top Pentagon Enlisted Leaders to Showcase Mission

U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) and National Security Agency (NSA) showcased their partnership at the annual Defense Senior Enlisted Leader Conference July 23, 2019. Twenty of the Pentagon’s top enlisted leaders converged at the agency’s new Integrated Cyber Center to engage in forums centered on national defense priorities.

July 25, 2019

Four Cryptologic Giants will be Inducted into the Cryptologic Hall of Honor

The Center for Cryptologic History and Strategic Communications are pleased to announce the 2019 induction of four cryptologic forerunners into the Cryptologic Hall of Honor.

July 23, 2019

Teaching the Next Generation of Cybersecurity Professionals

Our nation continues to face a shortage of cybersecurity professionals but GenCyber camps, established in 2014, are intended to help address this deficit.

July 23, 2019

FAQ: NSA/CSS Cybersecurity Directorate

Q: What is NSA’s Cybersecurity Directorate and what is its mission? A: NSA’s Cybersecurity Directorate is a major organization that unifies NSA’s foreign intelligence and cyber defense missions and is charged with preventing and eradicating threats to National Security Systems and the Defense Industrial Base. 

June 27, 2019

NSA Executive Director Presents NSA Awards at 2019 International Science and Engineering Fair

NSA’s Laboratory for Advanced Cybersecurity Research led a team of judges to select 17 students for awards in the fields of science of security, mathematics, material science, and cyber pioneer.

June 14, 2019

Cybersecurity Excellence: CAE Program Designates 29 Colleges and Universities 

Twenty years ago, the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) program hosted its first designation ceremony as part of the Third Annual Conference of the National Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education in Palisades, New York.

June 12, 2019

Defense Language Institute and National Cryptologic School Agreement Helps U.S. Service Personnel Earn Associate Degree

The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) and NSA’s National Cryptologic School (NCS) signed an agreement that enables U.S. service members to apply NCS completed coursework toward an Associate of Arts in Foreign Language degree from DLIFLC.

June 10, 2019

2018 Cryptologic Hall of Honor Member Dick Bernard Receives Award

NSA inducts Mr. Richard L. "Dick" Bernard into the NSA Cryptologic Hall of Honor, May 8, 2019.

June 6, 2019

History Today: D-Day 1944

Intelligence collection on the locations of German defensive mines off the coast of Normandy was crucial to successfully transporting the first combat units to the beaches 75 years ago.

June 4, 2019

NSA Cybersecurity Advisory: Patch Remote Desktop Services on Legacy Versions of Windows

NSA advisory urging Microsoft Windows administrators and users to ensure they are using a patched and updated system in the face of growing cybersecurity threats.

May 30, 2019

Educating the Next Generation of Cyber Warriors: National Centers of Academic Excellence Celebrate 20th Anniversary

NSA and its academic, industry, agency partners are at the forefront of fostering the next generation of cyber warriors. As the National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) program continues to grow, the focus remains on promoting higher education and research in cyber defense to produce professionals that are prepared to solve tomorrow’s problems.

May 28, 2019

Remembering a Cryptologic Hero

On 28 May 2019, GEN Paul Nakasone, USA, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Director, NSA/ Chief, CSS hosted the NSA/CSS Cryptologic Memorial Wall Observance in honor of SSG Donald D. Daugherty, USA (20 February 1937 to 13 April 1966), who lost his life in South Vietnam.

May 18, 2019

NSA Celebrates America’s Armed Forces & Police at the National Cryptologic Museum

More than 1,300 people attended NSA's 2019 Armed Forces & National Police Celebration at the National Cryptologic Museum. Visitors enjoyed a variety of activities that included brain twisters by NSA’s K-12 Outreach, martial arts demonstrations and face painting by U.S. Marines, military and police working dog demonstrations, weapons displays by military and NSA Police, and World War II displays.

April 30, 2019

Niagarafiles Keep Data Flowing

Water flowing freely can cause a huge mess! Think about an overflowing storm drain, or a flooding stream. Data flows in a similar way, fast-paced at the speed of today’s business world. NSA’s Niagrafiles provides a way to stream this rapidly-flowing data across systems for automated storage, management, and manipulation in real-time. This open source technology was released by the National Security Agency in 2014 through the NSA Technology Transfer Program. 

April 30, 2019

Balancing Business: Diane Dunshee’s Recipe for Success

The three women executives who lead business operations at NSA may appear like everyday citizens, but at work they are pushing the envelope and paving the way for the next generation of female leaders in the U.S. Intelligence Community. In this article, we introduce you to Diane Dunshee, Deputy Director of Business Management & Acquisition.

April 22, 2019

NSA Wins 2019 Secretary of Defense Environmental Award for Innovative East Campus Reclaimed Water Project

The NSA’s East Campus Water Reclamation Team has been recognized as a winner of the 2019 Secretary of Defense Environmental Award. The team’s achievement highlights its innovative use of reclaimed water as an environmentally and economically sustainable method for delivering cooling water to the first phase of the Agency’s East Campus (EC).

April 2, 2019

Balancing Business: Kathy Zuback Vaults Over Hurdles On and Off The Track

The three women executives who lead business operations at NSA may appear like everyday citizens, but at work they are pushing the envelope and paving the way for the next generation of female leaders in the U.S. Intelligence Community. In this article, we introduce you to Kathy Zuback, Director of Business Management & Acquisition.

March 30, 2019

Leadership Through Storytelling

Growing up, Marianne Bailey’s father introduced her to the world of technology and told her she could be whatever she wanted to be. Over the years, she had many mentors, like her high school physics teacher, giving her that same message. A message she is passing on to future generations.

March 29, 2019

Valuing Diversity: The Women Behind the Dragon

Back in 1994, when Gwen Lilly started as an intern in the National Security Agency’s CryptoMath Program (CMP), she had no idea that she’d be contributing to the creation and eventual release of one of the most publicly appreciated cyber defense tools - but that’s exactly where her career led her.

March 27, 2019

The Women Who Keep NSA Running

There is a common saying in the Department of Defense, “logistics wins wars.” And the National Security Agency is bringing a fresh perspective to that critical component: Women. Kathy Harris, Carol Stylc, Judy Bonucci, Kristie Coulbourn, Tammy Creighton, Dawn Witchey, and Pat Reese are moving in on what has traditionally been a male-dominated field and, as Chief of Logistics, Kathy Harris puts it, “we are making sure people have what they need to do their job.”

March 25, 2019

NSA Named Among Top Supporters of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

NSA has made a large effort to engage with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to increase its talent and diversity and the effort is paying off. The Agency was ranked No. 2 in the list of 2019 Top 10 Government Supporters of HBCU Engineering Programs released by US Black Engineer and Information Technology (USBE) magazine.

March 25, 2019

No Woman Is an Island: Chief Nina Ung Finds Strength in Collaboration

News article about Chief Master Sergeant Nina Ung, the Directorate of Operations Senior Enlisted Leader in National Security Agency Hawai’i (NSA-H).

March 19, 2019

NSA and UTSA: Partnering to Meet Cybersecurity Challenges

The University of Texas at San Antonio has been named an NSA Featured School.

March 13, 2019

NSA Technology Transfer Program Shares Hot Technologies

Article about the NSA Technology Transfer Program's portfolio of available technologies.

March 8, 2019

NSA Researcher Dr. Dave Mountain: Developing Flexible Technology for Difficult Challenges

Article about NSA Technology Transfer Program releasing for licensing flexible circuit technology invented by Dr. David Mountain.

March 5, 2019

Ghidra -- the Software Reverse Engineering Tool You’ve Been Waiting for -- is Here!

Article announcing NSA's release of the Ghidra software tool.

March 4, 2019

NSA @ RSA

Article highlighting NSA's participation at the 2019 RSA Conference in San Francisco, California.

March 1, 2019

CTICS Shannon Kent Honored on Cryptologic Memorial Wall

Article detailing the memorial ceremony for CTICS Shannon Kent.

Feb. 27, 2019

New Software Helps to Mitigate Supply Chain Management Risk

Article about NSA and the Trusted Computing Group releasing software and standards for a supply chain validation process that can be used for any computing device.

Jan. 23, 2019

NSA and N.C. A&T: Partnering for a Diverse Workforce

As a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) with a  focus in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (N.C. A&T) has partnered with the National Security Agency (NSA) for over 20 years.

Dec. 20, 2018

Cybersecurity: What is Credential Stuffing?

NSA cybersecurity article about credential stuffing attacks, data breaches, and how to protect yourself.

Nov. 7, 2018

In the Spotlight: Kimberly Ferguson-Walter

In the Spotlight Article on Kimberly Ferguson-Walter

Oct. 19, 2018

Connected Desks Aren't What They Used to Be

Article for 2018 National Cybersecurity Awareness Month on the internet of things implications of internet connected furniture.

Oct. 18, 2018

In the Spotlight: Captain Donovan Oubré, USN

In the Spotlight Article on Captain Donovan Oubré for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2018.

Oct. 16, 2018

An NSA Cybersecurity Technology that Helps "Port Proof" Your Computer

Article about an NSA licensed cybersecurity technology that is available to the public.

Oct. 16, 2018

October 2018 Puzzle Periodical - Connection Inspection

NSA Puzzle Periodical for October 2018: Connection Inspection

Oct. 11, 2018

In the Spotlight: Paula Lewandoski

In the Spotlight article about Paula Lewandoski for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2018.

Oct. 9, 2018

Cybersecurity + Diversity: We want to see you in San Antonio!

Article about NSA participation in the 2018 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference on October 11-13th in San Antonio, Texas.

Oct. 4, 2018

In the Spotlight: Kolade "Yemi" Rotimi

In the Spotlight article for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month featuring Kolade "Yemi" Rotimi-- an NSA subject matter expert assigned to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence's Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center.

Oct. 2, 2018

Home, Safe, Home: How to Keep Your Home Cybersecure

Article summarizing home cybersecurity mitigation tips for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, 2018.

Sept. 18, 2018

September 2018 Puzzle Periodical - The F Sequence

NSA Puzzle Periodical for September 2018: The F Sequence

Sept. 4, 2018

NSA and UMBC: Partners for 20 Plus Years

First article in NSA's Featured Schools Series. Highlights the over 20 year partnership between NSA/CSS and UMBC.

Aug. 21, 2018

August 2018 Puzzle Periodical - Crop Calculations

NSA Puzzle Periodical for August 2018: Crop Calculations

Aug. 13, 2018

Measuring Stress in a High-Risk Environment

Article on the Cyber Operations Stress Survey (COSS), an assessment developed by NSA researchers Dr. Celeste Lyn Paul and Dr. Josiah Dykstra. Organizations can use the COSS to assess employee stress or measure the stress-lowering benefits of policy changes and technical mitigations.

July 23, 2018

NSA Police K-9 Unit Celebrates 140 Dog Years!

This month marks the 20th anniversary of NSA's Police K-9 Unit.

July 17, 2018

July 2018 Puzzle Periodical - Marble Math

NSA Puzzle Periodical for July 2018: Marble Math

July 9, 2018

Mission Critical: Engaging Schools and Students for Tomorrow's Workforce

Academic engagement is a critical part of NSA's mission and the future of the Agency. Partnerships with schools and universities help grow the talent and tools necessary to support a cyber-secure nation.

June 19, 2018

June 2018 Puzzle Periodical - Mug Math

NSA Puzzle Periodical for June 2018: Mug Math

June 7, 2018

Near Record Crowds Honor America's Sons and Daughters at National Cryptologic Museum

Article about the Armed Forces and National Police Celebration at the museum on 19 May 2018.

June 6, 2018

Cyber on I-C-E

Much like goalies Braden Holtby and Marc-Andre Fleury, cyber defenders must develop a deep understanding of their adversary so that they can be prepositioned to block any attempt to gain access.

May 30, 2018

Memorial Wall Observance Honors Soldier and His Family's Sacrifice

Sgt. Townsend was honored in a ceremony at the National Security Agency/Central Security Service for his service during the Vietnam War.

May 21, 2018

NSA Colorado Welcomes Students from University of Colorado Boulder

On 20 February 2018, NSAC hosted students from University of Colorado (CU) Boulder who are participating in a 16-week Hacking 4 Defense academic project, jointly sponsored by CU Boulder and NSAC.

May 18, 2018

Armed Services Week Viewpoint: Q&A With A Veteran Who Continues to Serve

Armed Services Week Viewpoint: Q&A With A Veteran Who Continues to Serve

May 15, 2018

May 2018 Puzzle Periodical - Shall We Play a Game? Computer Tic-Tac-Toe

NSA Puzzle Periodical for May 2018: Computer Tic-Tac-Toe

May 7, 2018

National Cryptologic Museum To Celebrate "America's Sons & Daughters" at Armed Forces and National Police Celebration

The annual Armed Forces & National Police Celebration will be held at the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM) in Annapolis Junction, Maryland, on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

May 4, 2018

NSA Welcomes General Paul Nakasone as Agency Director

NSA Welcomes General Paul Nakasone as Agency Director

April 20, 2018

NSA's Innovative Cyber Tool: "Unfetter" Makes Cyber Better

2018 article about NSA open source release of cybersecurity tool "Unfetter". NSA's 'Unfetter' is designed to help various industries implement better techniques for network security.

April 18, 2018

New NSA-funded "Lablets" to Advance the Science of Security and Privacy

Newly funded NSA 'Lablets' to help develop cybersecurity and privacy breakthroughs for guarding cyberspace.

April 17, 2018

April 2018 Puzzle Periodical - 'APRIL = MATH'

April 2018 NSA Puzzle Periodical - 'APRIL = MATH' - Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month Challenge by Benjamin E.

April 5, 2018

NSA's Cybersecurity Operations Mission in the Public Eye

As cybersecurity threats continue to evolve, NSA's NCTOC is well equipped to defend and protect our Nation's critical networks.

March 28, 2018

U.S. Naval Academy wins the inaugural NSA Cyber Exercise

The United States Naval Academy takes home the inaugural NSA Cyber Exercise Trophy

March 27, 2018

Women of NSA Champion Leadership

This year, NSA honors some of our cryptologic pioneers who foster change and shape the workplace for the better. We asked several of these women to shed some light on their personal stories, which make all of us stronger on the whole.

March 20, 2018

March 2018 Puzzle Periodical - a, b, c - Variable Alphabet Equation

March 2018 NSA Puzzle Periodical - a, b, c - Variable Alphabet Equation by Wendell W.

March 14, 2018

The Inaugural NSA Cyber Exercise, former Cyber Defense Exercise, brings new cyber competition to U.S. Service Academy Cadets and Midshipmen

NCX is a new cyber competition, developing and testing the cyber skills of U.S. Service Academies' cadets and midshipmen.

March 8, 2018

In The Spotlight: Language Enthusiast Drives Nationwide Impact

NSA language expert leads nationwide effort to teach students and educators less commonly taught languages critical to national security.

Feb. 20, 2018

February 2018 Puzzle Periodical - A Plethora of Penguins

February 2018 Puzzle Periodical; Puzzle created by David B., NSA Mathematician

Jan. 16, 2018

January 2018 Puzzle Periodical - Snow Manipulation

January 2018 Puzzle Periodical; Puzzle created by James M., NSA Operations Researcher

Jan. 4, 2018

In the Spotlight: Legendary Support Pillar Retires After 36 Years of Service

In the Spotlight series featuring Luann McNaney, Retired Office Manager and Receptionist for Admiral Michael Rogers, the Director of the NSA

Dec. 21, 2017

NSA Hosts Largest Ever Career Invitational; 300+ Receive Job Offers

Hundreds of hopeful job seekers converged at a local hotel on 28 November, marking the National Security Agency's largest career invitational held to date.

Dec. 21, 2017

NSA's 5th Annual Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper Competition Award Winner Announced

In a time of increasing cyber threats, Section 702 aids the Intelligence Community's cybersecurity efforts.

Dec. 19, 2017

December 2017 Puzzle Periodical - Reindeer Games!

December 2017 Puzzle Periodical - Reindeer Games; Puzzle created by Benjamin E., NSA Mathematician

Dec. 12, 2017

"Section 702" Saves Lives, Protects the Nation and Allies

The U.S. Intelligence Community relies on Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in the constant hunt for information about foreign adversaries determined to harm the nation or our allies.

Nov. 27, 2017

In the Spotlight: Cybersecurity Expert Ethan Givens

In the Spotlight series featuring a Q&A session with Ethan W. Givens, Deputy Chief of the Strategic Education Initiatives and Alliances Division in NSA's College of Cyber

Nov. 22, 2017

NSA: Thankful for Our Dedicated Workforce

The National Security Agency is thankful for its many unsung heroes.

Nov. 21, 2017

November 2017 Puzzle Periodical - Twisted Sequences

November 2017 Puzzle Periodical - Twisted Sequences; Puzzle created by Wendell W., NSA Mathematician

Nov. 17, 2017

An Illustration: Understanding the Impact of Section 702 on the Typical American

Illustration relates to how NSA uses Section 702 and highlights the many privacy protections for a U.S. person under this critical foreign intelligence law.

Nov. 7, 2017

STEM Night Returning to the National Cryptologic Museum

The National Cryptologic Museum (NCM) is excited to host its third annual STEM Festival on Thursday, 9 November, from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Loads of educational, hands-on activities will challenge children's abilities in science, technology, engineering, and math. The event is part of the Third Annual Maryland STEM Fest.

Oct. 27, 2017

NSA has SWAG: Information Assurance Research Project to Enhance Cybersecurity

NSA's 'Secure Wearable Authentication Gear' (SWAG) project reflects the agency's research to advance cybersecurity in mission applications.

Oct. 24, 2017

In the Spotlight: An NSA employee's passion leads to a STAR Award

NSA receives the 2017 Government Agency of the Year STAR Award from the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.

Oct. 17, 2017

October 2017 Puzzle Periodical - Jumping Kangaroos

October 2017 Puzzle Periodical - Jumping Kangaroos; Puzzle created by David B., NSA Mathematician

Sept. 19, 2017

September 2017 Puzzle Periodical - Arabella's Spider Web

September 2017 Puzzle Periodical - Arabella's Spider Web; Puzzle created by Katrina J., NSA Mathematician

Sept. 15, 2017

NSA's 2017 Codebreaker Challenge: Can you crack the code?

Register for the 2017 Codebreaker Challenge.