Information Assurance Standards: A Cornerstone for Cyber Defense

ABSTRACT

NSA has a rich history of contributing to standards that enable cyber defense. This paper examines that history, tracing the evolution of NSA’s involvement in the development of early commercial encryption standards, through its more public contributions to network security protocols, to its current efforts to promote and create cyber standards that support the Department of Defense’s use of commercial products to protect classified information.


AUTHORS

Information Assurance Directorate, National Security Agency

Vincent (Mike) Boyle is the Standards Lead for the Information Assurance Directorate (IAD) at the National Security Agency (NSA). He coordinates IAD’s efforts in various public standards bodies and represents IAD in the Department of Defense standardization community. Mr. Boyle earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and has developed a strong background in cryptography and secure network protocols.

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