Program Protection Planning Awareness DAU-ACQ160.16

This course was created by DAU and is hosted on CDSE's learning management system STEPP.

Description: This course emphasizes the principles and policies of system security engineering. Program protection planning requires each acquisition’s integrated product team to prevent, detect, and respond to program protection challenges. This course provides training on threats, vulnerabilities, risks, cost-benefit risk tradeoffs, and required mitigations for DOD systems. It also addresses supply chain management and the need for acquisition program protection documents such as the Program Protection Plan, Cybersecurity Strategy, and security plans. There are 11 modules to this course and an exam after each module.

Course Resources: N/A

Learning Outcomes: At the end of this course students should be able to recognize system security threats and consequences to acquisition programs; define Critical Program Information (CPI), CPI policy, CPI threat definition, and associated attacks; identify trusted system and network threat definitions, associated attacks, and policy; recognize the requirement of the Program Protection Plan (PPP) within the Acquisition Life Cycle and how program protection is incorporated into the Request for Proposal (RFP); understand the role of system security engineering in the program protection process and the role of test and evaluation for verification and validation of program protection measures.

Delivery Method: eLearning

Length: 17 hours

Target Audience: This course will benefit all DOD professionals, across all Services and DOD agencies, as well as any industry partner, who wants to learn more about the subject.

Number of Student per Course: N/A


  • Clearance Requirements: N/A
  • Attendance Requirements: N/A
  • Exam Requirements: A passing score of 80% on the final exam (DAU-ACQ160.06) allows students to print a certificate of successful completion.

Prerequisites: None

Credits Recommended/Earned:

  • ACE Credit Recommendation: (What's this?) N/A
  • Professional Development Units per SPēD: N/A

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