NSA aided cyber security and trusted computing in Operation Warp Speed effort to develop COVID-19 vaccine

Feb. 8, 2021
The 2020 mission integrated threat intelligence, vulnerability analysis, cryptographic knowledge, defense operations and diverse technical expertise.

FORT MEADE, Md. – The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) provided cyber threat intelligence, cyber security assessments and foundational cyber security guidance to Operation Warp Speed, including safeguarding intellectual property, all focused on accelerating Covid-19 vaccine development. Forbes reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

8 Feb. 2021 -- This and other trusted-computing insights are from the NSA 2020 Cyber Security Year In Review published last month. The report provides insights into the many accomplishments of the NSA Cyber Security Directorate's first full year of operations under the leadership of Anne Neuberger, director of cyber security.

Other insights include that in 2020, NSA focused on modernizing encryption across the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) with a push to eliminate cryptography that is at risk from attack due to adversarial computational advances.

The NSA also received a patent related to its Control Flow Integrity (CFI) hardware-based advancement that addresses memory corruption exploits, and contributed to the whole-of-government approach securing the 2020 election by sharing insights on adversary cyber actors, focusing first on those showing an intent to interfere.

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