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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!

The National Cryptologic Museum Foundation’s Cyber Center for Education and Innovation Announces Agreement with University of Maryland Global Campus and NSA’s National Cryptologic School to Increase Cyber Security Education for all Ages ~ September 2019

In the Spring 2019, CMSgt Al Gray was honored as an NCMF Benefactor for his contributions and support of the planned new National Cryptologic Museum.

Scouts at the 2019 World Jamboree are exploring the world of Cyber at the CCEI's interactive booth. From virtually visiting the NCM via the "Friedman" robot to solving puzzles in the Cyber Escape Room - the booth has been a big hit!

NCMF BoD member Elonka Dunin has been trying to crack the Kryptos Sculpture code for years. This special CNN video talks about Jim Sanborn's famous coded sculpture at the CIA and the people, such as Elonka Dunin, who are committed to solving it.

Thinkers and problem solvers are wanted for Series 2 of JHU-APL's CREATE Challenge. Check it out and Join today!

In May 2019, a special contingent of NSA and NCMF representatives visited 2018 Hall of Honor Inductee Dick Bernard in his home state to present him with his plaque and other items of gratitude for his invaluable contributions. Thank you to NSA for sharing photos of this special event.

Congratulations to the MD History Day recipients of the NCMF Special Awards. This year featured winners of the new Eugene J. Becker Award for Excellence in Cybersecurity & Cryptology, as well as the Maj Gen John E,. Morrison Award for Excellence and Innovation.

Many thanks to ALL who came out to celebrate with us at the 2019 Armed Forces & National Police Celebration on 18 May. Check out photos from a variety of the day's activities and events.

Dr. Terry Thompson provides us with a thorough and insightful review of the Mueller Report. He highlights the tremendous service provided by the Mueller investigation in regard to the cyber tactics, techniques, and procedures used by the Russians in a coordinated effort to sow discord in American public opinion and affect the 2016 elections.

Nisei members of the Military Intelligence Service were discriminated against by their own country—even as they worked to protect it.

Love solving puzzles & brain teasers? The JHU-APL invites you to participate in the CREATE Better Reasoning study.

Join us in congratulating NCMF BoD member Lt. General Kenneth A. Minihan on his upcoming induction into the Cyber Security Hall of Fame Class of 2019.

New York City announces the launch of partnership to combat cyber attacks....

Spy novelist and former Army Signal Officer Payne Harrison reviews three SIGINT-related works for Brush Pass on Spybrary.com.

Learn about the famous Kryptos sculpture, and about the CNN documentary that NCMF board member Ms. Elonka Dunin plays a starring role in. Plus see some of Elonka's Kryptos photos from her most recent visit.

Is the Trump administration's cybersecurity strategy weak on accountability?

US Navy Senior Chief Cryptologic (Interpretive)Technician Shannon M. Kent was honored on 28 Feb 2019 at a ceremony at the National Security Agency during which her name became the 177th on the Cryptologic Memorial Wall.

Gen Paul Nakasone's article, "A Cyber Force for Persistent Operations," in the January 2019 edition of Joint Forces Quarterly, describes an important new strategy adopted by USCYBERCOM. See summary, article, and transcript of interview with Gen Nakasone.

Cryptologic Technician Shannon Kent was part of the military’s top-tier Special Operations forces. Officially a chief petty officer in the Navy, she actually worked closely with the National Security Agency, to target leaders of the Islamic State. Learn about her in this NY Times article.

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