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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.

Learn how US Intelligence agencies are using their skills to monitor foreign countries to keep an accurate account of the spread of the coronavirus.

In need of some inspiration? We revisit cryptology-inspired artwork from SteAm Night 2019.

"NSOC at 50" Project Seeks YOUR Memories. Help complete the history of NSOC for the 50th Anniversary in 2022.

Laura Nelson reflects on her first year as the NCMF President & CEO, as well as looks ahead to what's in store for the organization in 2020.

In an effort to gain support for a requested $500K bond bill, NCMF staff members educated delegates and senators about the CCEI-NCM at the 12 February NCMF Advocacy Day event.

Major development of a Veteran's Memorial Park in Edgefield County, SC is rapidly progressing. Learn more about this park designed to honor all servicemen and women.

The U.S. recovered memorabilia belonging to Alan Turing that was stolen 30 years ago and is taking steps to return the items to England.

Navy cryptologists urge the U.S. Navy to name a destroyer after Senior Chief Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Shannon Kent.

An article by Jason Bowling that features his impressions of the unique exhibits at the NCM and his excellent photography.

Inspired by a visit the National Cryptologic Museum, writer & photographer Jason Bowling explores how the SIGABA's encryption stayed secure as Enigma fell.

Ms. Jonna Mendez served as the CIA's Chief of Disguise for 27 years and now has "dropped her mask." She will be the guest speaker for the 19 Feb 2020 NCMF program, but until then - read more about her in this Wall Street Journal article.

In November 2019, CCEI representatives engaged attendees of the 2019 NICE K-12 Conference to promote the need for more cyber-related content in the K-12 classroom.

The Cybersecurity Curriculum Framework is an outline of what should be taught in a dedicated high school “Introduction to Cybersecurity” course. It is now available publicly online and the developers are seeking feedback from educators and cybersecurity professionals. Review the Framework now and provide your feedback in early 2020.

CCEI Hosts Online Chats to Highlight Key Cybersecurity Professions during National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week

On 4 November 2019, four cryptologic pioneers were inducted into the NSA/CSS Cryptologic Hall of Honor.

To celebrate its 100th anniversary, GCHQ honors linguists, including many women, who eavesdropped and decoded in secret locations.

Great news! One of our recent program speakers - "Code Girls" author Liza Mundy - has been selected as the NSA/CSS Scholar in Residence for 2020. Ms. Mundy joins the ranks of prior scholars such as Dr. David Kahn. Congratulations Ms. Mundy!

Everyone at the NCMF thanks Orville Lewis for his dedicated service to the NCMF & wishes him well in Florida!

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