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NCMF #CyberChat Features Dr. Whitfield Diffie

Wednesday, December 2, 2020
1:00 pm2:00 pm
NCMF #CyberChat Features Dr. Whitfield Diffie

In an NCMF #CyberChat on 2 December 2020, Dr. Whitfield "Whit" Diffie will join us for a discussion about how the original Data Encryption Standard was established. Whit's innovative work in computer and internet security has enhanced the security of all users – government and civilian alike. His research at university facilities and private laboratories led the way in computer security theory and in practical applications. Whit serves as an NCMF Board Member and is a 2020 NSA/CSS Cryptologic Hall of Honor Inductee. We are honored to have him join us for this interesting and relevant discussion. The talk will take place at 1pm EST via our Nepris online classroom. Please register ahead of time to join us live. For those who cannot attend, a recording will become available at a later date. Get more details via the link below.

Whit's conversation with us for the December #CyberChat will focus on discussion about the Data Encryption Standard, an early tool used to protect our data. Encryption can help protect data you send, receive, and store using your phone, tablet, or laptop. The U.S. government established DES as the standard in 1977, and it remained our standard until advances in technology made DES obsolete. Encryption remains a tool to protect our data; however, Advanced Encryption Standard or AES is now the standard.

Learn more about Dr. Diffie via his A.M Turing Award bio page (see link below), and via the ACM A.M Turing Award video about Dr. Diffie and Martin E. Hellman. You can also learn more about the Cryptologic Hall of Honor via the link below.

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The NCMF directly supports the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM), the first public museum in the U.S. Intelligence Community. We think you will agree it is truly a "museum like no other."

Located adjacent to the National Security Agency (NSA) in Maryland, the NCM houses a 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 NCMF acquires the best artifacts for the NCM and supports new educational and interactive exhibits.

The NCMF provides exceptional cryptologic programs throughout the year, encourages young minds to explore cryptology and innovation through valued awards, and hosts educational, cryptology-related exhibits at various community events.

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 NCMF also serves as a leader in the field of cybersecurity - striving to provide the best in educational resources and programs.

The NCMF and NCM share a joint three-fold mission to Educate, Stimulate, and Commemorate. Learn more about our MISSION.