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This comprehensive CD-ROM provides a thorough guide to the work of the National Security Agency (NSA). According to the National Security Agency, they are "America's Codemakers and Codebreakers - NSA is the Nation's cryptologic organization. NSA creates decisive U.S. strategic and tactical advantage by providing otherwise denied information to U.S. decision makers while at the same time denying access to U.S. information and information systems by America's adversaries. The ability to understand the secret communications of our foreign adversaries while protecting our own communications - a capability in which the United States leads the world - gives our Nation a unique advantage. Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and Information Assurance (IA) complement each other. SIGINT gives the Nation an information advantage over its adversaries. IA prevents others from gaining advantage over us. Together the two missions promote a single goal: information superiority for America and its allies. Today's complete reliance on critical information systems has fundamentally altered the Nation's requirements for information systems security. The need to protect vital information has become essential. By using the most sophisticated networked information systems in the world, U.S. leaders and military are able to gather, understand, and use information better and faster than any potential adversary. This is the information advantage that must be protected. In the past, the Information Assurance Directorate of the National Security Agency produced "black boxes," cryptographic gear that secured point-to-point communication links and paper keying material to be used with them. Simply, security equated to "confidentiality," and systems were not interconnected. But technology evolved, and so did services, as NSA moved from Communications Security (COMSEC), to Information Systems Security (INFOSEC), to Information Assurance (IA). The needs of today's world are different, and so is IA. NSA protects information today with a mix of commercial and government solutions, based on a defense-in-depth strategy - multiple roadblocks between critical systems and the adversaries who would exploit them, layers of security technologies and services within an information device, system, or infrastructure. This approach enables customers to use those security layers that are appropriate for their particular risk management profile and budgetary constraints. No longer are they forced to adopt the "one-size-fits-all" model from the past. This defense-in-depth strategy combines people, technology, and operations."
Topics covered include: Cryptology and History, INFOSEC Program, Computer Security Recommendation Guides, Security-Enhanced Linux, History of the Venona Project, Documents, Declassification Initiative, World War II and Korean War.
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