March 11, 2015

New CDSE Webinar Certificates

CDSE is pleased to announce the launch of the CDSE Webinar Certificate of Attendance. After each webinar, participants will receive an email with instructions on how to access and download the Certificate of Attendance.

How has the webinar registration process changed? 

Each participant is required to complete a profile.  After this profile is created, participants will use their profile email address and password to register for future webinars, as well as download the Certificate of Attendance.

How do you create a participant profile? 

Select an upcoming CDSE webinar, click "Register Now," and follow the instructions on the screen for "first time registering for a CDSE webinar on CDSE Adobe Connect." Once registered, a participant profile is created. If at any time you forget your password, there is a link to reset it on the registration page.

Registration Open For Ed 201 "Writing and Communication Skills for Security Professionals"

Registration is open for the ED 201, “Writing and Communication Skills for Security Professionals” course from April 27 to August 21, 2015. This course is an exploration of the skills and behaviors that contribute to success in oral and written communications by a DoD Security Professional. Mastering these skills will allow students to communicate more effectively to a variety of audiences, using a range of methods. This course focuses primarily on the formal writing and communication tasks that security professionals are required to perform as a part of their jobs and to be successful as students in college-level or graduate courses. These tasks include:

  • Identifying core components of effective writing and communication
  • Applying logic and collected research to analyze a security concern or issue
  • Writing oral presentations to various audiences
  • Writing recommendations and incident reports
  • Taking written statements in the course of an investigation
  • Applying the principals of effective writing to policy and regulatory documents
  • Writing an academic paper in Chicago format

The course is delivered using an online, collaborative learning environment. It includes reading, researching, and writing assignments similar to a three credit, collegiate-level course. A significant time commitment is required but the commitment will pay off. This course has received college credit recommendations from the American Council on Education College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT).

Space in this class will fill quickly, so register now. To register, please log into STEPP. If you have any questions, or need additional information, contact the CDSE Education Division at

Sign Up For the March CDSE Industrial Security Webinar

There is still time to sign up for this week’s Industrial Security webinar. Learn more and sign up for the webinar. Additional information about CDSE webinars is also available at this site. Access instructions will be sent via the registration confirmation email.

Security Vulnerability
Thursday, March 12, 2015
11:30 a.m. Eastern Time
  2:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Industrial Security Shorts

Recognizing the time demands all security professionals face, the Center for Development of Security Excellence (CDSE) has produced training shorts that are usually ten minutes or less. Security Shorts allow security professionals to refresh their knowledge of a critical topic or quickly access information needed to complete a job. There are currently seven Industrial Security Shorts available. Check them out now.

These "shorts" are not intended for download.

  • Business Structures — KMP: To Clear or Not to Clear
  • DD Form 254
  • Hand Carriage Plan: Knowledge Review Short
  • Industrial Security for Senior Management
  • National Interest Determinations (NID) Process
  • Procuring GSA Approved Containers
  • You’re a new FSO: Now What?

March 25 – 26, 2015 Iteration of Getting Started Seminar for New FSOs Cancelled

Due to low enrollment, the March 25 – 26 iteration of the "Getting Started Seminar for New FSOs" (IS121.01) has been cancelled. If you still would like to take this training, sign up for the Mar 23 – 24 session in Chandler, AZ.