NSA begins crypto upgrade

    Date10 Sep 2001
    CategoryGovernment
    3547
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The National Security Agency is beginning a 15-year, multibillion-dollar effort to modernize the nation's cryptographic systems, which are rapidly growing obsolete and vulnerable. Cryptographic systems encode messages and include such tools as secure telephones, tactical radios and smart cards. Virtually every . . . The National Security Agency is beginning a 15-year, multibillion-dollar effort to modernize the nation's cryptographic systems, which are rapidly growing obsolete and vulnerable. Cryptographic systems encode messages and include such tools as secure telephones, tactical radios and smart cards. Virtually every federal department and agency--including the military, the White House, intelligence agencies and the State Department--use encryption. But existing encryption algorithms are no longer cutting-edge, and hardware for many systems is becoming obsolete. Replacing them is a top goal for NSA's information assurance directorate, said Michael Jacobs, who heads the directorate.
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