Welcome to the National Cryptologic Foundation. We strive to influence the cryptologic future by sharing our educational resources, stimulating new knowledge, and commemorating our heritage. The Foundation also provides needed support for the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM).

  • ...The nation’s brightest young minds to consider careers in STEM and cyber related fields

  • ...Robust dialog with the American public on cyber policy, technology, and privacy

  • ...Those who “served in silence” with valor and distinction, especially those who gave their lives in service

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Polish mathematicians & code breakers made the first breakthroughs against Nazi Germany's Enigma code.......

1917: William Friedman & Elizebeth Smith married.

Friday, May 21, 2021
1917: William Friedman & Elizebeth Smith married.

21 May 1917: William F. Friedman and Elizebeth Smith were married. This cryptologic power couple is well known for their significant pioneering contributions in the field of cryptology. Elizebeth S. Friedman is often referred to as (North) America's first female cryptanalyst. It was Elizebeth who introduced her husband to the field of cryptology. Although neither planned on a career in codebreaking, there were few ciphers that were indecipherable for the couple. William Friedman went on to be recognized as the greatest maker and breaker of secret messages. Much of what is done today at NSA can be traced to William Friedman's pioneering efforts.

On 30 October 1992, the NSA's Center for Cryptologic History published, "The Friedman Legacy: A Tribute to William and Elizebeth Friedman" which includes transcripts of the famed "Friedman Lectures." To listen to the audio collection or view transcripts, click the link below.

The George C. Marshall Foundation opened an exhibit, "Partners in Code: William and Elizebeth Friedman" in April 2015 as part of their Legacy Series: Codebreaking.

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About Us

T he NCF's Vision is to Influence the cryptologic future by sharing our educational resources, stimulating new knowledge, and commemorating our heritage.

The NCF also provides needed support to the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM), the first public museum in the U.S. Intelligence Community.

Located adjacent to the National Security Agency (NSA) in Maryland, the NCM houses a unique and priceless collection of artifacts that represent our Nation's history in code making and code breaking, as well as a world class library of cryptologic media. The NCF acquires the best artifacts for the Museum and supports new educational and interactive exhibits.

The Foundation provides exceptional cryptologic programs throughout the year, encourages young minds to explore cryptology and cyber education and careers,  hosts educational, cryptology-related exhibits at various community events, and honors the people— past, present, and future—whose contributions to our national security protect and make possible our way of life.

As part of the Foundation's partnership with NSA to build the Cyber Center for Education and Innovation - Home of the National Cryptologic Museum (CCEI-NCM), the NCF also serves as a leader in the field of cybersecurity - striving to provide the best in educational resources and programs.

The NCF has a three-part mission to Educate, Stimulate, and Commemorate. Learn more about our MISSION.