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Check out the video or podcast version of AFIO Now's interview with James Gosler.

Great News! The NCF, a finalist in the Changemaker Challenge for Anne Arundel County, MD, received one of the United Way's $15k awards! - Nov 2021

NSA Announces New Partnership with NCF to advance cybersecurity education and build the future cyber workforce.

In November 2021, the National Cryptologic Foundation (NCF) announced the finalization of a report regarding the 2021 NCF Cybersecurity Education Survey for Maryland Public High Schools.

National Cybersecurity Teaching Academy will offer a 12-credit hour graduate certificate to high school teachers - teachers can apply to receive more information now.

Check out Teach Cyber's Back to School Edition of "The Teach Cyber Byte" newsletter

Learn more about our new cybersecurity or "Data Care" resource for middle school teachers, students, and parents. Plus see how you can help get more booklets into schools that need them.

The NCF and Teach Cyber recognize cyber educators for pilot testing and congratulate the educator scholarship winners.

Check out the May 27th Issue of Start Engineering's newsletter. We are excited to be partnering with Start Engineering in an education initiative benefiting middle school students.

The National Cryptologic Foundation is thrilled to report we have been selected by the Gula Tech Foundation as the third place recipient of their Data Care Grant.

NCF President/CEO enjoyed her talk with Iron Butterfly - a podcast that tells the stories of women in the IC. Check out Laura's episode (5/11/2021) "Crypto Raven" today!

Learn about the NSA-NCF renewed partnership. "Progress Through Partnership" is a shared vision to bolster understanding of the 21st century cyber landscape and facilitate collaboration across its multi-sector stakeholders.

The NCF is excited to announce the opportunity for educators to apply for Summer 2021 scholarships to apply toward Teach Cyber cybersecurity workshops. Deadline to apply is April 30, 2021.

The Bank of England has unveiled the new £50 note which features Bletchley Park codebreaker, Alan Turing.
Stay tuned to Bletchley Park's website for more about #TheNew50 and Turing’s life and work. The note enters circulation on 23 June 2021 - Turing’s birthday. You can also watch a short film featuring Turing’s nephew, and former Bletchley Park Trustee, Sir Dermot Turing, as he discusses his uncle’s work and legacy.

In an article for "The Conversation," Terry L. Thompson explores the SolarWinds hack and some of the possible solutions for going forward....

Learn about some of the exciting NCMF Education Program initiatives underway for engaging middle school students. From designing cybersecurity gaming kiosks to a mobile Cybersecurity Escape Room and more....

Learn about the significant progress made by NCMF & partner Teach Cyber in providing coherent and relevant high school cybersecurity curriculum guidelines and course materials to educators and students.

Thank you to Terry L. Thompson for providing this excellent review of "The Fifth Domain: Defending Our Country, Our Companies, and Ourselves in the Age of Cyber Threats," by Richard A. Clarke and Robert K. Knake

14 Jan 2021 - The National Security Agency released a cybersecurity product, “Adopting Encrypted DNS in Enterprise Environments,” Thursday explaining the benefits and risks of adopting the encrypted domain name system (DNS) protocol, DNS over HTTPs (DoH), in enterprise environments. The release provides solutions for secure implementation based on enterprise network needs.

Released by the Naval War College in Jan 2021, “Ten Years In: Implementing: Strategic Approaches to Cyberspace" represents a look beyond theories and analogies to examine the challenges of strategy implementation. In the essays, practitioners who are building cyberspace forces at-scale join scholars who study power and force in this new domain to collectively offer a unique perspective on the evolution and future of cyber strategy and operations. Forward signed by Gen Paul M. Nakasone (US Army)

The National Cryptologic Museum Foundation is pleased to announce a charitable donation of $1,000,000 from FedData Holdings to support the NCMF’s campaign to construct the Cyber Center for Education and Innovation (CCEI) and the new home of the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM), and to celebrate the contributions to the country by the men and women of the National Security Agency, Cryptologic Services, and their predecessor organizations.

A message from NCMF President & CEO Laura Nelson as we close out 2020. We thank you for your support and invite you to learn more about our hopes & plans for the coming year. Join our journey today!

NCMF Board Member Elonka Dunin has co-authored the book, "Codebreaking: A Practical Guide," with Klaus Schmeh It is available now via Book Depository online and Amazon-UK. It will soon be available soon from Amazon -US.

An international three-person team of codebreakers has solved the Zodiac Killer's 340-character cipher. Learn how they did it in a video from one of the codebreakers, David Oranchak.

"The Codebreaker," a documentary film about Elizebeth Smith Friedman premieres on PBS on January 11, 2021!

The Foundation extends the warmest of welcomes to Dr. Vince Houghton as he takes the reigns as the Museum's new director. Read more in the @NSAGov article: "From Soldier to Scholar."

In the Fall 2020 Issue of the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs - Terry L. Thompson's article outlines how existing measures to combat Russian disinformation, especially in light of the US's 2020 presidential election, have been ineffective, and lays out what needs to be done to bolster the defenses of the United States and EU against information warfare. Click to view the article and also get a link to see a recorded video of Q&A with Thompson about his article.

In an upcoming 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.

The National Cryptologic Museum Foundation (NCMF) announced a generous donation from Stuart Wagner and family, and the Donald and Esther Simon Foundation to the Capital Campaign to build the Cyber Center for Education and Innovation (CCEI) Home of the National Cryptologic Museum.

In this History.com article - Learn about the origins of the Native American Code Talkers & how an overheard conversation between two Choctaw Indian soldiers serving in World War I led to a code that confounded German forces.

NCMF Member & Website Contributor Dr. Terry L. Thompson quoted in HarvardCrimson.com article about an increase in unemployment cyber fraud.

Congratulations to the five cryptologic pioneers inducted into the NSA/CSS 2020 Cryptologic Hall of Honor.

A team of Johns Hopkins University computer scientists and international studies students has developed a new online database - the Cyber Attack Predictive Index - for predicting where the next cyberattack is likely to occur.

Update on the EC-47 Memorial Plaza.

A special ceremony was held at NSA in August 2020 to honor cryptologic giant Ralph W. Adams, Jr. for his many contributions to the field. A road at the NSA campus was also named in his honor.

This featured article on the NSA website explores the NSA-National Cryptologic Museum Foundation partnership to build a state of the art Cyber Center for Education and Innovation (CCEI) that will also serve as the home of the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM). The article explores many of the exciting design plans.

The importance of the OTRG started as training to intercept encrypted Japanese katakana, and later transformed to performing standardized training as a whole for the Sailors and Marines who went through the course.

Some of the 2020 winners of the NCMF's special awards for MD History Day recently reached out to thank the Foundation for this unique opportunity. Learn more about the winners and their thought-provoking presentations.

Apply by July 31 for Virtual Student Federal Service internships. Search the VSFS site for cybersecurity projects today.

A U.S. Coast Guard press release (7/7/2020) announced that their 11th Legend-Class National Security Cutter will be named in honor of Elizebeth Smith Friedman who cracked rum runners' codes and served as a government witness.

Get up to date on the campaign to build the new museum/cyber center, plus learn about the NCMF's overall fundraising and development outlook in this update from Sheela Mirmira.

The National Cyber Group, DreamPort, and the Cyber Center for Education and Innovation (CCEI) will host a suite of esteemed panelists to discuss the Cyberspace Solarium Commission 2020 Report’s findings, the Report’s educational aspects, and the opportunities and challenges to progress meaningful sustainable progress to improve Cyber-oriented education.

Congratulations to NCMF President & CEO Laura Nelson for her recent appointment to the Maryland Cybersecurity Council.

NCMF-CCEI presents Cybersecurity Series of #CyberChats for K-12 students.

GCHQ Historian Tony Comer tells the story of the final messages of a German communications network at the very end of the war in Europe.

As the nation’s risk advisor, CISA brings partners in industry and the full power of the federal government together to improve American cyber and infrastructure security. The resources provided will assist organizations and teleworkers to be secure when working remotely.

NCMF President & CEO Laura Nelson participated as a guest speaker for a special webinar in April 2020 hosted by MD Senator Katie Fry Hester to raise awareness about Women in Cryptology and Cybersecurity.

As of April 1, 2020, the NCMF is pleased to announce that Vice Adm. J. Michael "Mike" McConnell, USN (ret) has joined the NCMF's Board of Directors

At the March 2020 AFCEA Central Maryland Chapter Luncheon, Chris Inglis, U.S. Naval Academy’s Looker Distinguished Chair for Cyber Studies & NCMF Board Member and Laura Nelson, NCMF President & CEO, were featured speakers.

Good news to report regarding state funding for the CCEI/NCM in this brief Project Update.

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