Description: This course provides a thorough understanding of how counterintelligence (CI) and threat awareness are essential components of a comprehensive security program. The course provides an overview of the elements of a cleared facility, or unit security program. This overview includes identifying the purpose of a CI and threat awareness program, CI and threat awareness policy requirements for industry and Department of Defense (DoD) personnel, the role of the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DSS) CI Directorate, the use of the analytical risk management process, key types of threats and common methods of collection operations, types of information most likely to be targeted by espionage, types of information that should be reported, and appropriate reporting requirements and procedures.

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Learning Objectives: At the end of this course, students shall demonstrate comprehension of insider threat awareness and reporting requirements as outlined in the National Insider Threat Policy Minimum Standards for Insider Threat Programs.

Delivery Method: eLearning

Length: 1.5 hours

Target Audience: DoD military, civilian, and contractor security professionals (Facility Security Officers) and practitioners responsible for developing and maintaining a security program for their unit or facility


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

Prerequisites: N/A

Credits Recommended/Earned:

  • ACE Credit Recommendation: (What's this?): In association with IF201.01, IS020.CU, IS030.CU, and CI201.CU
  • Professional Development Units per SPēD: 4.5

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CDSE courses are intended for use by Department of Defense and other U.S. Government personnel and contractors within the National Industrial Security Program.