Protected Distribution Systems Course CS140.16

Description: This course will describe the requirements and responsibilities for approval, installation, inspection, and operation of a Protected Distribution System (PDS). The course will be applicable for all DOD Components. In addition, an optional lesson will provide training on specific implementing requirements for industry under National Industry Security Program (NISP) guidance.

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

  • Describe the purpose of a PDS, its categories, and its carrier types
  • Describe how data type, threat environment, and access area affect PDS category selection
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities for installation, approval, operation, and inspection of a PDS
  • Identify standards and procedures for PDS installation
  • Describe requirements to perform PDS inspections

Delivery Method: eLearning

Length: 85 minutes

Target Audience: This course is intended for personnel who are involved in the planning, acquisition, installation, approval, operation, and inspection of communications systems that process classified national security information (NSI) and use PDS.


  • General Requirements: N/A
  • Clearance Requirements: N/A
  • Attendance Requirements: N/A
  • Exam Requirements: A passing score of 75% on the final exam allows students to print a certificate of successful completion.

Prerequisites: N/A

Credits Recommended/Earned:

  • ACE Credit Recommendation: (What's this?): N/A
  • Professional Development Units per SPēD: PDUs are determined by length of course and IAW with current Certification Maintenance Guidelines

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.