New Insider Threat eLearning Game - September Pulse - Industrial Security Oversight Certification (ISOC) Reaccredited - Counter-Insider Threat (C-InT) Social & Behavioral Science (SBS) Summit
September 23, 2022

New Insider Threat eLearning Game

CDSE recently released a new security awareness eLearning game, The Adventures of Earl Lee Indicator: Mission One.  Use your knowledge of the counter-insider threat mission to escape locked rooms before time runs out! Share the game with your workforce for a variety of fun ways to test insider threat knowledge and encourage security awareness within your organization   (! 

September Pulse

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 September newsletter focused on National Insider Threat 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!

Industrial Security Oversight Certification (ISOC) Reaccredited

In August, the Security Professional Education Development (SPēD) Certification Program reached another milestone with the Industrial Security Oversight Certification (ISOC) Program by maintaining national accreditation standards for a five-year period to achieve re-accreditation status.  The five-year milestone of the ISOC attaining re-accreditation continues to solidify the DOD’s commitment to prepare and protect our warfighters and strengthens the defense of our Nation’s assets, both present and future. Visit the SPēD Certification webpage to learn more about the program.

Counter-Insider Threat (C-InT) Social & Behavioral Science (SBS) Summit Registration Still Open

Register now for the Counter-Insider Threat (C-InT) Social & Behavioral Science (SBS) Summit. This 30-day virtual event is focused on building Cognitive Immunity to increase resistance against misinformation and bad ideas to maximize the effectiveness of Counter-Insider Threat Programs. The Defense Personnel and Security Research Center (PERSEREC), home of The Threat Lab, hosts the C-InT SBS Summit during September 1-30, 2022 in conjunction with National Insider Threat Awareness Month (NITAM). Register to attend live keynotes and view on-demand research presentations, case studies, and training aids curated by leading subject matter experts in counter-insider threat research and practice. Learn more at

Upcoming Changes To Certification Maintenance and Renewal Policies

New certification maintenance and renewal policies and procedures will go into effect on October 1st. To transition to the new policy, currently certified individuals (who are within their two-year renewal window) will have until September 30 to either 1) submit Certification Renewal Forms (CRFs) under existing renewal policy, or 2) wait to submit under the new policy. Certifications which expire prior to October 1st must renew under the current policy. Certificants who are conferred or renew after October 1st will operate under the new policy.
These new policy changes include:

  • Professional Development Units (PDUs) based on level of effort
  • Updated and expanded PDU categories
  • Single expiration date across all certifications/credentials
  • Single CRF form
  • Maintenance periods based upon the candidate initiating an action (e.g., submitting a form in the My SPēD system or attaining a new SPēD Certification). This period remains at two years for each cycle.

**Certificants are ultimately responsible for ensuring their certifications are maintained in accordance with program maintenance and renewal guidelines**

Stay tuned for more information, including updated handbooks and webpages.

December Cybersecurity Instructor-Led Course

Are you an Information System Security Manager (ISSM), Information System Security Officer (ISSO), or Facility Security Officer (FSO) involved in the planning, management, and execution of security programs for cleared industry? If so, sign up for the next “Assessing Risk and Applying Security Controls to NISP Systems,” CS301.01 instructor-led course scheduled to start December 5, 2022. This five-day course provides students with guidance on applying policies and standards used throughout the U.S. Government to protect information within computer systems, as delineated by the Risk Management Framework (RMF) process. Learn more and register at

STEPP Notice

The Security Training, Education, and Professionalization Portal (STEPP) will undergo maintenance and will be inaccessible on the following date:
Date: September 22, 2022
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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