Upcoming Webinars and Spring Education Classes - New SPēD Tutorials – New NISP Webcasts – 2023 Industrial Security Planner - January Pulse – STEPP Notice
January 11, 2023

Register Now For Upcoming CDSE Webinar

CDSE invites you to participate in our upcoming webinar:
Overview of SPēD Certifications
Thursday, January 26, 2023
1:00pm to 3:00 pm ET
This live webinar will feature Security Professional Education Development (SPēD) Program Management Office (PMO) experts from the Center for Development of Security Excellence (CDSE) who will discuss certifications and credentials available through the agency. This session will provide attendees with Q&A, a general overview of available certifications, target audience identification, and the general process to obtain and maintain certifications.
Visit https://www.cdse.edu/Training/Webinars-and-Conferences/ to sign up for this event and join the discussion!

Sign Up For Upcoming DCSA Webinar

Please join the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) on Thursday, January 19, 2023 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) for an UNCLASSIFIED webinar on "Cyber Threats to Critical Infrastructure: A Homeland Perspective."
All organizations face the threat of cyber-attacks, but those dealing with critical infrastructure are especially important. Protecting America’s critical infrastructure from malicious cyber actors is one of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) main priorities. Special Agents from the DHS’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis Cyber Mission Center will give a presentation about how DHS protects critical infrastructure and ways private industry can secure itself against the threat of cyber-attacks.
Please find the link to RSVP for the webinar here:

Register For Spring Education Classes

Register now for the spring semester of CDSE Education classes that run from January 23 to May 21, 2023. The CDSE Education Program offers:

  • Tuition-free, flexible and 100% virtual instructor-led courses
  • Real-world practical assignments
  • Virtual networking with professionals throughout the security community
  • Five Security Education Certificate programs\
  • Highly qualified instructors 

You can learn more about the available classes visit the Education Courses page. To register, log into STEPP. If you have any questions, or need additional information, contact the CDSE Education Program at: dcsa.cdseeducation@mail.mil.

New SPēD Tutorials

CDSE created two new tutorials to help security professionals navigate the SPēD Certification Program. The employee tutorial is ideal for new employees who are required to obtain a SPēD Certification as a condition of employment and the supervisor tutorial is for supervisors of new employees with the condition of employment. View the tutorials at  

New Webcasts Released

CDSE has created seven new webcasts that focus on The National Industrial Security Program (NISP) Contracts Classification System (NCCS) 2.0:

  • Government Originator Role Demonstration
  • Government Relaunch of the NCCS Application
  • Government Reviewer Role Demonstration
  • Government Certifier Role Demonstration
  • Government Contracting Officer Role
  • Industry Roles and Sub 254
  • Help Desk
You can view these recorded webcasts as well as other NCCS resources at https://www.dcsa.mil/is/nccs/training/

Now Available: 2023 Industrial Security Program Annual Planner

This job aid serves as a supplemental tool to help support and grow industrial security training and awareness within your organization. It is a combination of performance support tools selected from various security content areas that comprise the industrial security discipline that you can utilize to promote security awareness each month, throughout the year. View the planner at https://www.cdse.edu/Portals/124/Documents/jobaids/industrial/Industrial-Security-Program-Annual-Planner.pdf  

January 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 January newsletter focused on 2022 Year in Review.  Check out all the newsletters in CDSE’s Electronic Library (https://www.cdse.edu/About-CDSE/CDSE-Electronic-Library/CDSE-Pulse/) or subscribe/update your current subscription to get the newsletter sent directly to your inbox by submitting your email address to CDSE News - https://www.cdse.edu/CDSE-News/!  

STEPP Notice

The Security Training, Education, and Professionalization Portal (STEPP) will undergo maintenance and will be inaccessible on the following date:
Date: January 12, 2023
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ET
Duration: 4 hours
Reason: system maintenance
During this window, STEPP users will be unable to access the system.  Also, note that 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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