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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.

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