DOD Security Specialist GS101.01

Note: CDSE will review the local and DOD COVID-19 restrictions within 30 days of each instructor-led course and may cancel the course based on the results. In this case, the CDSE Registrar’s Office will notify students to reschedule for a future offering.

Description: This course provides students a baseline of fundamental knowledge to perform common DOD security tasks and practices in Industrial, Personnel, Information, and Physical Security disciplines and understand their interrelationships, as well as their related policies, programs, and procedures. Additionally, risk management concepts form the foundation of the course, and related content is woven throughout.

The course is administered through eLearning prerequisites and Instructor-led training.

The prerequisite eLearning courses/exams provide a comprehensive introduction to common DOD security practices. You are required to successfully complete all prerequisites prior to requesting enrollment in the Instructor-led course.

Learning Objectives:
This course is designed to enable students to:

  • Describe the various types of threats to the DOD infrastructure
  • Identify potential indicators of insider threats
  • Identify key components of the insider threat program
  • Identify key avenues and actions associated with threat reporting
  • Define Risk Management and identify the five-step risk management process
  • Identify the relationship between industrial security and risk management
  • List the steps in the contracting process and identify security considerations for each
  • Identify the purpose of DD Form 254 and key sections containing security guidelines
  • Identify the relationship between personnel security and risk management
  • Identify Elements of a Personnel Security Program (PSP)
  • Explain the investigative requirements for civilians, military, and contractors
  • Identify requirements for granting interim national security eligibility
  • Describe the National Security Adjudicative Process
  • Apply Continuous Evaluation Program and Reinvestigation requirements
  • Define information security and its purpose
  • Identify the relationship between information security and risk management
  • Correctly mark a derivatively classified document
  • Properly safeguard and prepare for transportation a piece of classified information
  • Identify the requirements and regulations that guide technology transfer
  • Identify Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and its protective measures
  • Recognize the fundamentals of Cybersecurity
  • Define the purpose and identify the steps in the Risk Management Framework
  • Identify the purpose and techniques for disposal and destruction of classified material
  • Identify responsibilities for personnel who handle and process classified information
  • Define and list requirements for classified meetings, including security manager responsibilities
  • Differentiate between oversight and inspection and identify the steps in the inspection process
  • Differentiate between security violations and infractions and identify the process for handling security incidents
  • Recognize the fundamentals of Communications Security
  • Recognize the fundamentals of Technical Surveillance Countermeasures and TEMPEST
  • Identify the relationship between physical security and risk management
  • Recognize the fundamentals of Physical Security (security-in-depth, Unified Facility Criteria (UFC), criminal threat, the crime triangle, and security coordination)
  • Identify the purpose and key components of a physical security plan
  • Apply the five steps in the risk management model towards physical security planning using a fictional installation
  • Deliver a Security Education, Training, and Awareness briefing

Delivery Method: Instructor-led

Length: 7 days

Target Audience: DOD and Federal civilian, military, and contractor security personnel.


  • Clearance Requirements: There is no clearance requirement. Students must be a DOD or other Federal Government (military, civilian, or contractor) employee and must have a .gov or .mil email address listed in their STEPP profile to be approved for this course. Employees of state and local government or private industry must be sponsored by a DOD or another federal government agency.
  • Attendance Requirements: Full-time attendance
  • Exam Requirements: Students must earn a 75 percent cumulative grade average of all practical exercises, quizzes and exams.

Prerequisites: You must complete all identified prerequisites in order to request enrollment in the Instructor-led course.

  • Developing a Security Education & Training Program (GS104.06)
  • Special Access Programs (SAP) Overview (SA001.06)
  • OPSEC Awareness for Military Members, DOD Employees and Contractors Course (GS130.16)
  • Introduction to Risk Management Course (GS150.06)
  • Introduction to Risk Management Framework (RMF) (CS124.06)
  • Introduction to Industrial Security (IS011.06)
  • Introduction to Personnel Security (PS113.06)
  • Introduction to Information Security (IF011.06)
  • Original Classification (IF102.06)
  • Derivative Classification (IF103.06)
  • Marking Special Categories of Classified Information (IF105.06)
  • Transmission and Transportation for DOD (IF107.06)
  • Introduction to Physical Security (PY011.06)
  • Storage Containers and Facilities (PY105.06)
  • Physical Security Planning and Implementation (PY106.06)
  • Physical Security Measures (PY103.06)
  • Lock and Key Systems (PY104.06)

Credits Recommended/Earned:

  • ACE Credit Recommendation: (What's this?): Three (3) semester hours, upper division baccalaureate degree category
  • Professional Development Units per SPēD: 45

System Requirements: Check if your system is configured appropriately to use STEPP.


CDSE courses are intended for use by Department of Defense and other U.S. Government personnel and contractors within the National Industrial Security Program.

Course Schedule

Nov 02-10, 2021 (Linthicum, MD) Cancelled

Mar 08-16, 2022 (Linthicum, MD)

Jun 01-09, 2022 (Linthicum, MD)

Sep 20-28, 2022 (Linthicum, MD)

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