Cybersecurity & Cryptology Today

A day doesn't go by without at least one major cyber event being discussed in every media forum. To help keep our members and website visitors informed, we will periodically publish short articles on an area of cybersecurity. A selection of resources is also included below.

We welcome your feedback, as well as suggestions of topics you would like to see addressed in the future.

Dick Schaeffer, NCMF Chairman of the Board

  • Our blog includes a periodic update of cybersecurity news & highlights.

  • 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. Click on the title to learn more.

  • The Commission’s “Pandemic Annex” collects observations from the pandemic as they relate to the security of cyberspace, in terms of both the unique cybersecurity challenges it creates and what it can teach the United States about how to prepare for a major cyber disruption. It also offers a few new recommendations that were created in light of gaps identified as a result of the pandemic. Click on the title to view the report on CSC's website.

  • A wide variety of cybersecurity professionals and experts are presenting informative and exciting #CyberChats for K-12 students via the virtual classroom in an effort to stimulate more interest in cyber careers.

  • 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.

  • Visit the CSC's website to view or download the full 120 page report OR a 22 page synopsis. The report strives to reduce or prevent many of the cyber-attacks, and includes six pillars, 80 recommendations, and several dozen legislative proposals,

  • NCMF President & CEO Laura Nelson participated as a guest speaker, along with author Liza Mundy and Major General Linda Singh, for a special webinar in April 2020 hosted by MD Senator Katie Fry Hester to raise awareness about Women in Cryptology and Cybersecurity.

  • This December 1, 2019 article by Rachel S. Cohen for explores how the new numbered Air Force will lead operations in the information domain.

  • 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

  • The NCMF congratulates NCMF BoD member Lt. Gen Kenneth Minihan as he will be inducted into the Cyber Security Hall of Fame Class of 2019 in recognition of his notable impact on the field of cybersecurity.

  • 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.

  • A review by Dr. Terry Thompson of the 2018 U.S. National Cyber Strategy - the first update since the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace was published in 2003.

  • In this article by Terry Thompson for the NCMF blog, he explores the threat posed by what we now refer to as the Internet of Things (IoT). Our smart homes and cities may be more efficient, but at what risk? What measures can be taken to increase our safety while enjoying the benefits of the IoT?

  • How governments view powerful tools like the internet often determines how they treat them. In the West, governments have sought to let citizens freely and openly engage with cyberspace – for trade, culture, and civic discourse. Others, such as Russia and China, see the internet as a powerful tool to consolidate their power domestically and a threat to their sovereignty internationally. But doing so disregards the economic, social, and cultural globalization that the internet has helped manifest. The Cipher Brief’s Levi Maxey spoke with Chris Inglis, the former Deputy Director of the National Security Agency, about why governments might understand digital sovereignty differently and the negative impacts a fragmenting of the global digital commons could have.

Cybersecurity Resources

  • CIS® (Center for Internet Security, Inc.) is a forward-thinking, non-profit entity that harnesses the power of a global IT community to safeguard private and public organizations against cyber threats.

  • The CyberWire is a free, community-driven cyber security news service based in Baltimore. Their mission is to provide concise and relevant daily briefings on the critical news happening across the global cyber security domain. In an industry overloaded with information, they strive to help individuals and organizations rapidly find the news and information that's important to them. Sign up for their free, daily news brief & check out their daily podcasts.

  • The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) is a key resource of cybersecurity information. The vision of the NICCS is to provide the nation with the tools necessary to ensure citizens and the workforce have more dynamic cybersecurity skills. The mission of NICCS is to be a national resource for cybersecurity awareness, education, careers, and training.

  • The INSA Cyber Council is a select group of current and former executives from the public, private and academic sectors with a breadth of expertise across the Cyber and Digital arena to include: Cyber/IT/Computing/Data Analytics, Operations, Policy and Security. The Council engages government and industry communities in pursuit of thought leadership and practical solutions, focusing on key challenges we all face today. The Council has published numerous white papers since its inception in 2009. Visit their site for more details.

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