May Pulse - FSO Toolkit Updated - Register for This Week's DCSA Webinar - SSC VILT - STEPP Notice
May 17, 2022

May Pulse Now Available

We recently released the CDSE Pulse, a monthly security awareness newsletter that features topics of interest to the security community. In addition, we share upcoming courses, webinars, and conferences. The May newsletter focused on Mental Health Awareness Month. Check out all the newsletters in CDSE’s Electronic Library, or subscribe/update your current subscription to get the newsletter sent directly to your inbox by submitting your email address to CDSE News!

FSO Toolkit Updated

Take a look at the recently updated Facility Security Officer (FSO) Toolkit.  The FSO Toolkit quickly points you to the resources you need to help you perform your role as a Facility Security Officer (FSO). There are thirteen categories available to choose from, which house a vast array of different performance support tools and resources that support your security program
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Register Now for This Week’s DCSA Webinar

Please join the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) on Thursday, May 19, 2022 for an UNCLASSIFIED webinar on “China's Threat to U.S. Critical Technologies.” This presentation will be hosted from 1300 - 1430 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
Mr. Josh Obstfeld, Senior Supervisory Intelligence Analyst, Newark Field Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will address China’s intent, attempts, and methods of targeting critical U.S. technologies and information. SSIA Obstfeld will also present an overview of FBI's China program.
Please find the link to RSVP for the webinar here:
Instructions for accessing the webinar through the Adobe Connect platform will be included in a confirmation message you will receive after you RSVP.  You must register in order to receive the instructions. The confirmation message will NOT be sent via email; it will only be available through the electronic invitation system. Please either print or screen shot the confirmation message in order to save the instructions.

June DOD Security Specialist Course

The next DOD Security Specialist Course (SSC) is scheduled to start June 21, 2022 and is entirely virtual! The four-week, virtual instructor-led training (VILT) SSC provides students a baseline of fundamental knowledge to perform common DOD security tasks and practices. It incorporates industrial, information, personnel, and physical security disciplines to understand their interrelationships, related policies, programs, and procedures.
To learn more about, register, and view the required prerequisites, visit
To register, log into STEPP via:
If you have any questions, or need additional information, send inquiries to:

STEPP Notice

The Security Training, Education, and Professionalization Portal (STEPP) will undergo maintenance and will be inaccessible on the following date:
Date: May 19, 2021
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ET
Duration: 4 hours
Reason: systems maintenance
During this window, STEPP users will be unable to access the system.  Also, note STEPP has a daily maintenance backup from 1:00 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. ET. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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