Recent Cryptologic Bytes

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  • Article by Wiilam S. Cohen for "....The last two decades hold essential lessons for today’s decision makers who face cyber threats coming ever more fast and furious. To quote that not-yet-produced Toffler-Santayana mashup, “to deal with too much change in too little time, remember the past.” The article mentions the NCMF/UMUC's Oct 2017 Cyber at the Crossroads Symposium that explored the roots of ER97, resulting initiatives, today’s cyber issues, and current Administration initiatives to secure America’s future cyber infrastructure. Click on the image or title to learn more.

  • Check out this essay on, adapted from Code Girls, by Liza Mundy, published by Hachette Books. Code Girls is the story of the groundbreaking female naval cryptographer who helped change the course of World War II. Yes, we are speaking of Agnes Meyer Driscoll. Click on the title or image to learn more.

  • Congratulations to Dr. Whitfield Diffie for being selected to join The Royal Society - a Fellowship of many of the world's most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. Click on the image or title to learn more.

  • On 2 December 2016, three UMUC students visited the National Cryptologic Museum as they kicked off a 3 week cybersecurity roadtrip sponsored by RoadTrip Nation and UMUC. The journey was filmed and became a one-hour documentary, "Life Hackers," that aired on public television in June 2017. You can now watch the film online. Click the image or title to learn more and get the link to see the film.

  • On 22 November 2016, President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 21 individuals. Among the recipients were computing pioneers Grace Hopper and Margaret Hamilton. Grace Hopper's granddaughter attended the ceremony and received the award on behalf of her grandmother. Hamilton, age 80, was present to receive the award. Click on the image or title to learn more.

  • The NCMF's social media community responded to our request for book recommendations from their own cryptologic libraries. Check out their suggestions and see what you might add to your library. If you have books to add to the list, please email

  • Article via IQ Intel explores the pioneering work by Hedy Lamarr in the field of early wireless technology. "Unhappy being pigeonholed due to her looks, the “most beautiful woman in the world” set out to develop a secret communication system that would take down Nazi submarines......"

  • The technology that keeps your text messages private had its start on the banks of the Tigris River, 3500 years ago.

  • Enjoy this three part series by NBC Washington-News4's Barbara Harrison, and follow the life of James Pryde, a Tuskegee Airman who became one of the "invisible cryptologists." Also interviewed for the series is David Hatch, NSA Historian.

  • Edward Rothstein of "The New York Times" provides a thorough review of the NSA's fascinating "public face," the National Cryptologic Museum.