Brandon Hall Awards

The Brandon Hall Awards recognizes organizations for excellence in the development and deployment of learning solutions, one of four program areas. Often times called the "Academy Awards" by Learning, Talent and Business Executives. CDSE has won 3 Brandon Hall awards for Best Use of Virtual Worlds for Learning and Best Custom Content.

Chief Learning Officer LearningElite Award

The Chief Learning Officer magazine's LearningElite program honors the best organizations for learning and development.

In 2019, CDSE received a Silver Organization award at the Chief Learning Officer's LearningElite Award.

DIA DoD Counterintelligence and HUMINT Awards

These awards are designed to recognize exceptional achievement by DoD personnel that further DoD Enterprise capabilities in the mission areas of Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence. The annual award is presented in numerous categories and is administered by the Defense Intelligence Agency.

In 2014, 2015, and 2017 CDSE was the recipient of the "CI Team of the Year“ Award.

dotCOMM Awards

dotCOMM is an international competition honoring excellence in web creativity and digital communication.

In 2019, CDSE won the dotCOMM Platinum Award for the Insider Threat Vigilance Video Series in the video category.

Federal Government Distance Learning Association Award

FGDLA recognizes organizations for demonstrating excellence and leadership in providing enterprise-wide distance learning solutions for the Federal Government.

In 2013, 2015 and 2018. CDSE was recipient of the Government Distance Learning Association Award

International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) Awards

IACET awards honor deserving individuals, innovators, projects, or programs that have significantly contributed to the field of continuing education and training.

In 2016 CDSE won the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) Award Innovation of the Year—Technology Integration.

Hermes Creative Awards

Hermes Creative Awards is an international competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing, and design of traditional materials, marketing and communication programs, and emerging technologies.

In 2019, CDSE won the Hermes' Platinum Creative Award for the video, "An odd encounter with Tim," Season One: Turning People Around, Not Turning Them In. The video won in the Electronic Media / Social Media / Interactive category.

Horizon Interactive Awards

The Horizon Interactive Awards is a prestigious international competition recognizing outstanding achievement among interactive media producers. The competition recognizes and awards the best web sites, videos, online advertising, print media, and mobile applications.

CDSE has won 49 Horizon Interactive Awards, and in 2015 earned the distinction of being a Distinguished Agency for consistent demonstration of high quality work.

Learning! 100 Awards

The Learning! 100 is a research-based program that provides organizations a benchmark for future development, is quantitative and qualitative, and is unbiased by size of the organization.

In 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 CDSE was recognized at the Learning! 100 Awards.

National OPSEC Award

In 2011, CDSE won the National OPSEC Award, Second Place, Multimedia Achievement Electronic OPSEC Awareness for Military Members, DoD Employees, and Contractors.

Omni Awards

The Omni Awards exist to recognize outstanding achievements in film/video, web and mobile media.

Since 2008, CDSE has won over 90 Omni Awards for various security shorts, virtual simulations, eLearning courses, and practical exercises in the categories of Education and Government.

The Videographer Awards

The Videographer Awards is one of the oldest and most respected award programs in the industry. The Videographer Award of Excellence is awarded to those entries whose ability to capture the event or communicate the message is exceptional.

In 2019, CDSE won the Videographer Award of Excellence for its Insider Threat Vigilance Video Series – Season 1 – in the video production category.


Organizational Awards

  • Chief Learning Officer LearningElite Award
  • 2019 Learning! 100 Awards Winner (CDSE was ranked #25 out of the applicant group of major corporations and non-profit and government organizations)

Training Awards

Insider Threat Vigilance Video Series - Season 1

  • Videographer Award of Excellence
  • dotCOMM Platinum Award

Micro-Learning Video: Turning People Around, Not Turning Them In. S1/E1: "A Odd Encounter with Tim"

  • Omni, Gold, Government
  • Hermes Creative Award, Electronic Media/Social Media/Interactive

Mic-Learning Video: Turning People Around, Not Turning Them In. S1/E2: "Check Out My New Ride"

  • Omni, Gold, Government

Micro-Learning Video: Turning People Around, Not Turning Them In. S1/E3: "What's Pre-Publication"

  • Omni, Gold, Government

Micro-Learning Video: Turning People Around, Not Turning Them In. S1/E4: "Meeting of the Minds"

  • Omni, Gold, Government

DoD Security Principles

  • Omni, Silver, Government

Risk Management Framework for DoD Security Programs Course

  • Omni, Silver, Government
  • Omni, Silver, Education

Organizational Awards

  • 2018 Federal Government Distance Learning Association Award for Innovation
  • 2018 Learning! 100 Award; ranked No. 8 out of 40 public sector organizations
  • 2018 Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) DoD Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Awards' ""CI Team of the Year"

Training Awards

Developing a Multidiscplinary Insider Threat Capability

  • Horizon, Bronze, Training/eLearning

DoD Annual Security Awareness Refresher

  • Horizon, Bronze, Training/eLearning
  • Omni, Bronze, Education

Exterior Security Lighting

  • Horizon, Bronze, Training/eLearning

Intelligence Oversight Course

  • Horizon, Bronze, Training/eLearning

Need-to-Know Security Training Video

  • Horizon, Bronze, Training/E-Learning

Technical Implementation of Assessment and Authorization in the NISP

  • OMNI, Bronze, Education
  • OMNI, Bronze, Government

Center for Development of Security Excellence (CDSE)

  • 2017 Learning! 100 Award Winner (CDSE was ranked #15 out of 40 public sector organizations for launching an Enterprise-Wide Distance Learning Strategy)

Counterintelligence (CI) Awareness Video Lesson

  • Horizon, Silver, Promotional Video
  • Omni, Bronze, Education
  • Omni, Bronze, Government

DSS Annual Security Awareness Training (Internal course)

  • Horizon, Bronze, Training/eLearning
  • Omni, Silver, Education
  • Omni, Silver, Government

Introduction to the Risk Management Framework (RMF) CS124.16

  • Horizon, Bronze, Training/eLearning

Information Security Management Course SF700 Practical Exercise

  • Horizon, Bronze, Training/eLearning
  • Omni, Silver, Education
  • Omni, Silver, Government

Special Access Program (SAP) Security Incident Virtual Exercise

  • Horizon, Bronze, Training/eLearning
  • Omni, Silver, Education
  • Omni, Silver, Government

Special Access Program (SAP) Security Incident Videos

  • Horizon, Bronze, Instructional Video
  • Omni, Bronze, Education
  • Omni, Bronze, Government

Learning! 100 Award Winner (CDSE was ranked #6 out of 40 public sector organizations for the 2015 DoD Security Conference)

Acquisitions and Contracting Basics in the NISP IS123.16

  • Horizon, Bronze, Training/E-Learning

Business Structures in the National Industrial Security Program (NISP) Course IS051.16

  • Omni, Silver, Education
  • Omni, Silver, Government

Clearances in Industrial Security: Putting it All Together IS125.16

  • Horizon, Bronze, Training/E-Learning

Competency Preparatory Tools (CPTs) Instructional Short

  • Omni, Bronze, Education
  • Omni, Bronze, Government

Counterintelligence (CI) Awareness Video

  • Horizon, Silver, Promotional Video

Counterintelligence (CI) Awareness and Security Brief CI112.16

  • Omni, Silver, Education
  • Omni, Silver, Government

Data Spills

  • Omni, Silver, Education
  • Omni, Bronze, Government

Defense Insider Threat Management Analysis Center (DITMAC) Short

  • Horizon, Bronze, Instructional Video

Department of Defense (DoD) Security Specialist Course GS101.10

  • Omni, Bronze, Education
  • Omni, Bronze, Government

DSS Annual Security Awareness Training (Internal course)

  • Horizon, Bronze, Training/E-Learning

Introduction to RMF Course CS124.16

  • Horizon, Bronze, Training/E-Learning

ISM Course SF700 Practical Exercise

  • Horizon, Bronze, Training/E-Learning

National Industrial Security Program Oversight (NISPOC) Lesson Presentations

  • Omni, Bronze, Education
  • Omni, Bronze, Government

SAP Security Incident Virtual Exercise

  • Horizon, Bronze, Training/E-Learning

Special Access Program (SAP) Security Incident Videos

  • Horizon, Bronze, Instructional Video

Unauthorized Disclosure Refresher IF135.16

  • Omni, Bronze, Education
  • Omni, Bronze, Government

Business Structures in the National Industrial Security Program (NISP) Course IS051.16

  • Horizon, Bronze, Training/E-Learning

Closed Area Practical Exercise

  • Horizon, Bronze, Training/E-Learning

Competency Preparatory Tools (CPTs) Instructional Short

  • Horizon, Bronze, Training/E-Learning

Counterintelligence (CI) Awareness and Reporting for Department of Defense Employees CI116.06

  • Horizon, Bronze, Training/E-Learning

Department of Defense (DoD) Security Specialist Course GS101.10

  • Horizon, Bronze, Training/E-Learning

National Industrial Security Program Oversight (NISPOC) Lesson Presentations

  • Horizon, Bronze, Training/E-Learning

Active Shooter Awareness

  • Horizon, Silver, Training/E-Learning
  • Omni, Bronze, Education and Government

Antiterrorism Officer (ATO) Level II GS109.16

  • Horizon, Bronze, Training/E-Learning
  • Omni, Bronze, Education and Government

Derivative Classification Refresher IF109.16

  • Horizon, Silver, Training/E-Learning
  • Omni, Silver, Education and Government

Protecting Your Facility's Technology CI141.16

  • Horizon, Silver, Training/E-Learning
  • Omni, Bronze, Education and Government

SAP Mid-Level Physical Security Simulation SA201.01

  • Omni, Silver, Education and Government

Security Specialist Course Transmission and Transportation Practical Exercise GS101.01

  • Omni, Silver, Education and Government

The Relationship between Counterintelligence and Security CI140.16

  • Horizon, Silver, Training/E-Learning
  • Omni, Silver, Education and Government

Unauthorized Disclosure of Classified Info for DoD and Industry IF130.16

  • Horizon, Bronze, Training/E-Learning
  • Omni, Gold, Education and Government

CI Foreign Travel Briefing CI022.16

  • Horizon, Silver, E-Learning and Government
  • Omni, Silver, Education and Government

Disposal & Destruction of Classified Information Short

  • Horizon, Silver, Education, Training and Government
  • Omni, Silver, Education and Government

GSA Approved Containers

  • Horizon, Bronze, E-Learning and Government
  • Omni, Silver, Education and Government

Insider Threat Awareness

  • Horizon, Silver, E-Learning and Government
  • Omni, Gold, Education and Government

Marking in the Electronic Environment IF105.16

  • Horizon, Bronze, E-Learning and Government
  • Omni, Silver, Education and Government

Cyber Security Awareness

  • Omni, Bronze, Education and Government

Downgrading & Declassification Short

  • Horizon, Bronze, Education, Training and Government
  • Omni, Silver, Education and Government

Storage Containers and Facilities PE

  • Brandon Hall, Bronze, Best Custom Content

Suspicious Emails Short

  • Horizon, Bronze, Education, Training and Government
  • Omni, Bronze, Education and Government

Virtual Environment for Physical Security Assessment

  • Brandon Hall, Bronze, Best Use of Virtual Worlds for Learning
  • Omni, Bronze, Education and Government

Antiterrorism/Force Protection Short

  • Horizon, Bronze, Education and Training
  • Horizon, Silver, Government
  • Omni, Bronze, Education and Government

CI Concerns for National Security Adjudicators Short

  • Horizon, Bronze, Education and Training
  • Horizon, Silver, Government
  • Omni, Silver, Education and Government

KMP: To Clear or Not to Clear? Short

  • Horizon, Bronze, Education, Training and Government
  • Omni, Bronze, Education and Government

OPSEC Awareness for Military Members, DoD Employees, and Contractors GS130.16

  • National OPSEC Award, Second Place, Multimedia Achievement Electronic

Thwarting the Enemy: Providing Counterintelligence & Threat Awareness to the Defense Industrial Base CI111.16

  • Omni, Gold, Education and Government
  • DoD CI and Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Award, CI Training & Education
  • Horizon, Silver, Education and Government

What Are Security Shorts?

  • Horizon, Bronze, Education, Training and Government
  • Omni, Silver, Government

Integrating Counterintelligence and Threat Awareness Into Your Security Program CI010.16

  • Omni, Bronze, Government

Introduction to DoD Personnel Security Adjudication PS001.18

  • Omni, Bronze, Education

Storage Container and Facilities Practical Exercise PY105.16

  • Horizon, Silver, Government
  • Omni, Silver, Education and Government

Special Access Programs (SAP) Overview SA001.16

  • Omni, Bronze, Education and Government

Business Structures in the National Industrial Security Program IS051.16

  • Horizon, Bronze, Training and Government

FSO Role in the National Industrial Security Program IS021.06

  • Horizon, Bronze, Training and Government
  • Omni, Bronze, Government

Original Classification IF102.16

  • Omni, Silver, Government
  • Omni, Bronze, Education

Safeguarding Classified Information in the National Industrial Security Program IS109.16

  • Omni, Silver, Government
  • Omni, Bronze, Education

Transportation and Transmission for Industry IS107.16

  • Omni, Bronze, Government

Business Structures in the National Industrial Security Program IS051.16

  • Omni, Bronze, Education and Government