The Center for Development of Security Excellence (CDSE) is a nationally accredited, award-winning directorate within the Defense Security Service (DSS) located in Linthicum, MD. CDSE provides security education, training, and certification products and services to a broad audience supporting the protection of National Security and professionalization of the DoD security enterprise.


Provide the DoD with a security center of excellence for the professionalization of the security community and be the premier provider of security education and training for the DoD and industry under the National Industrial Security Program (NISP). The CDSE provides development, delivery, and exchange of security knowledge to ensure a high-performing workforce capable of addressing our Nation's security challenges.


To be the premier provider and center of excellence for security education, training, and professionalization for the DoD and industry under the NISP.

2018 CDSE Year End Report
Read about our latest successes in the Year End Report 2018. Read past CDSE year end reports .