Refreshed SPēD Certification Web Pages - March Webinars - Industrial Security Awareness Games - January Pulse - Sign Up for Upcoming Industry Conference - Insider Threat Detection Analysis Course (ITDAC) Now Available - Upcoming Security Specialist Trainin
February 20, 2024

Refreshed SPēD Certification Web Pages

CDSE has recently updated the SPēD Certification Program’s web pages to make accessing content quick and easy. You’ll have all the same information and access that you had previously with the program, with a new look and feel. Visit to see the refreshed pages today! 

March Webinars

Sign-up is available for the following upcoming live webinars: 

Online Behavior in Threat Assessment 
March 7, 2024 
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm ET 

The Espionage Investigation of Ana Belen Montes 
March 21, 2024 
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET 

Overview of SPēD Certifications 
March 27, 2024 
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm ET 

Visit to register for these events and join the discussion!

Industrial Security Awareness Games

CDSE has posted updated Industrial Security Word Search Games #1, #2, #3. These games are a quick and easy way to test your knowledge and encourage security awareness within your organization. Visit our security awareness games webpage today to access the latest games! 

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 “Year in Review.”  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 from CDSE News.   

Sign Up for Upcoming Industry Conference

Registration is still open for the 2024 Virtual DCSA Security Conference for Industry on February 28-29, 2024! This year’s conference theme “Investing in Security” reflects the need to provide Industry with the tools and practical application to bolster their security postures. As programs and policies receive revisions and updates, Industry must learn how it affects them.   

This idea shaped the conference, which features such topics as DD254s, Facility Clearance Process, CUI, Cyber Program and Capabilities, Personnel Security, panel discussions at the end of each day, and more! This event is for Industry Security Professionals: Facility Security Officers (FSO), Assistant FSOs, Directors of Security, Insider Threat Program Senior Officials, Information System Security Managers, and Senior Management Officials. 

Find out more and register at the following link:

Insider Threat Detection Analysis Course (ITDAC) Now Available

The ITDAC has been transferred to CDSE and is now open for registration. This virtual instructor-led, no cost course is offered to all Executive Branch departments and agencies and is designed for all federal insider threat program analysts from the DOD, Intelligence Community (IC), and Non-Title 50 (NT-50) communities. This course teaches entry level Counter-Insider Threat Analysts how to apply critical thinking skills and applicable structured analytic techniques to identify potential insider threat indicators. Learners will also obtain and use holistic data in conjunction with the application of critical pathway theory.  

Prospective students will need to complete one of two designated tracks within the Insider Threat Program curricula before registering for the ITDAC:  

  • Insider Threat Program Operations Personnel Curriculum  
  • ​Insider Threat Program Management Personnel Curriculum 

The following dates still have seats available: 

Mar 18 - 22, 2024  
Apr 15 - 19, 2024  

Visit for additional course dates, more information about the course, and to register. 

Upcoming Security Specialist Training

Consider signing up for one of CDSE’s instructor-led training (ILT) or virtual instructor-led (VILT) DOD Security Specialist training courses! Training is free and the VILT eliminates travel expenses. Complete CDSE courses to earn Professional Development Units (PDUs) toward maintenance of Security Professional Education Development (SPēD) Program certifications and credentials. Select courses have the American Council on Education (ACE) CREDIT recommendations that may earn transfer credits at participating universities. Classes fill quickly, so register for one of the upcoming iterations: 

DOD Security Specialist  
April 9 - 17, 2024 (ILT) 
June 4 - 12, 2024 (ILT) 

This course provides students a baseline knowledge to perform common DOD security tasks and practices. Visit to learn more and register! 

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