Privileged User Cybersecurity Responsibilities DS-IA112.16

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

Description: Developed to be used in conjunction with annual DoD cybersecurity awareness training, this course presents the additional cybersecurity responsibilities for DoD information system users with access privileges elevated above those of an authorized user. The course identifies key terminology describing elevated user privileges, specific ethical and legal cybersecurity responsibilities of a privileged user, and DoD Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) responsibilities of a privileged user. Privileged user general cybersecurity responsibilities and restrictions covered include: reporting requirements, restricted and prohibited actions, protecting sensitive information, and the consequences of failure to comply. The PKI responsibilities of privileged users portion of the course reviews general rules for PKI credential use by privileged users, as well as general configuration guidelines for public key enabling of DoD information systems. The course stresses use of appropriate PKI tokens by privileged users for PKI identification and authentication, in addition to ensuring that the system correctly maps PKI certificates to an account with a set of associated privileges. The training delineates the seven sensitivity levels the DoD has defined for sensitive Unclassified and Secret information. These sensitivity levels, in combination with the environments from which users may access the information, are used to determine acceptable types of authentication credentials based on the credentials' strengths.

Course Resources: N/A

Learning Objectives:
This course discusses the following topics:

  • Identify general privileged user responsibilities
  • Identify the PKI responsibilities for privileged users

Delivery Method: eLearning

Target Audience: Authorized users of the Department of Defense (DOD) information systems


  • Clearance Requirements: N/A
  • Attendance Requirements: N/A
  • Exam Requirements: N/A

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 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.