History of CDSE
The Department of Defense Security Institute (DODSI) was established in 1972 near Richmond, Virginia, under the Defense Logistics Agency. Through a series of transfers of DOD security training mission areas, the Defense Security Service (DSS) Academy was created and the DSS Director was named the Functional Manager for DOD Security Training in December 2007. In 2010, the Center for Development of Security Excellence (CDSE) was established to reflect the full scope of its mission on behalf of the DSS Director, who became the Director of the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency when the agency was renamed in June 2019.

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CDSE Established


Security Shorts launched


SPēD Certification Program launched


SFPC Accredited

Graduate-level courses launched

Webinars launched

Received first ACE Accreditations

DPAPC launched


First toolkits created

Virtual instructor-led courses launched

Education Certificates launched

2014 SAPPC

Security Awareness Hub Platform launched

First Virtual DOD Security Conference

SAPPC Accredited


First Hybrid DOD Security Conference

SPIPC Accredited

SPSC launched

2016 PSC

First Virtual Speaker Series

PSC launched

2017 ISOC

First Hybrid Course

ISOC Accredited

2018 APC

APC Accredited

First Virtual DOD Security Conference for Industry


Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) established

Pioneered first Insider Threat Awareness Month


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