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NCF Education Director Dr. Alisha Jordan represents the NCF at the Innovative Schools Summit in Las Vegas - Summer 2024.

NCF Sr. Training Advisor Darnell Washington was thrilled to have the opportunity to discuss careers in cybersecurity and cryptography with students who are also NCF Ambassadors.

On May 29th, we proudly inducted another 13 enthusiastic students at St. Mary of Mills Catholic School into the NCF Ambassador program. Congratulations students and thank you to their dedicated STEAM teacher Mr. Derrick Harrell!

The NCF's 2nd Annual Cyber Saturday took place on 4 May 2024 in Columbia, MD and was a great success! With over 100 students and their parents in attendance, the event buzzed with energy as everyone experienced a cyber-filled day rich with learning & fun. Click to learn more.

At the end of April 2023 students in Mr. Daniel Rose's class at Robert Frost Middle School in Rockville, MD were inducted into the NCF Ambassador Program.

National Security Agency Partners with National Cryptologic Foundation on new Engagement and Education Center - May 2024 NSA Press Release

The NCF is proud to be a sponsor of an exciting annual cybersecurity competition.

The NCF is a finalist for the 2024 United Way of Central Maryland's Changemaker Challenge. Please tune in live on May 9th to hear our pitch and vote for us to receive the Audience Choice award.

NCF Leaders Support NSA's "Illuminating Her Path" Event - a program for supporting and celebrating women in cybersecurity.

An introductory message from the NCF's new Chairman of the Board George Barnes.

National Cryptologic Foundation (NCF) Announces Two New Members Join the Board of Directors, and a New Chairman is Elected

The 2024 International Conference On Historical Cryptology (HistoCrypt 2024) will be held for the first time in the UK. The dates of the conference are June 25-27, 2024.

A message for the NCF membership from NCF BoD Chairman Dick Schaeffer.

The NCF honored the first group of NCF Ambassadors at St. Mary of the Mills Catholic School in Laurel, MD in October 2023.

Darnell Washington, Sr. Advisor of Training for the National Cryptologic Foundation (NCF) helps students to understand & embrace smart cyber practices.

The NCF hosted a table at the 2023 MD STEM Festival Opening Ceremony - sharing resources for participants and giving them an opportunity to play our latest online cybersecurity game.

Maryland STEM Festival Podcast Features Rick Williams - a Developer of the NCF Amanita Whitehat Online Game Series. Plus join the NCF at the kick-off of the 2023 MD STEM Festival. This year's theme - STEM-ertainment!

Listen to NCF President & CEO Laura Nelson's interview for Federal News Network podcast - "Security Clearance Insecurity."

SecureXperts-NCF Donation to MISI Honors the Memory of Dr. Scott R. Dade

MISI’s #HackTheBuilding events are designed to empower cyber war fighters to defend our most critical infrastructures. The NCF is proud to be a sponsor for the Hack the Building 2.0: Hospital Edition event, taking place September 18-22, 2023.

In June 2023 - the Foundation Board welcomed new members Teresa Shea and Grant Verstandig.

The inaugural "Cyber Saturday" took place on 10 June 2023 and provided approximately 60 youth and their parents/guardians with opportunities to explore educational and engaging, cyber-related activities. 

Cryptographers Darnell Washington and Whitfield Diffie got a chance to connect and chat at the 2023 NCF General Membership Meeting & Annual Symposium in Columbia, MD.

NCF Education Director Alisha Jordan attended the signing of MD SB801 - designed to provide more support for cyber in Maryland.

The NCF will raffle off steganography illustrations by artist Don Gauger at upcoming NCF events and programs.


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