This course contains a final exam. Students are required to register for the final exam separately in STEPP.

Description: The course will begin with an introduction of cybersecurity in the DoD and the role of the security professional in protecting information in the cyber environment. It will provide an overview of the specific IT issues/tasks for the security manager and focus on the underlying knowledge of information systems and their security that security professionals must understand to successfully perform those tasks.

Course Resources: N/A

Learning Outcomes:
This course is designed to enable students to:

  • Identify the role of the security professional in DoD cybersecurity
  • Recognize the importance of risk management in cybersecurity
  • Explain the threat to and vulnerabilities of information systems (IS)
  • Define appropriate security countermeasures to manage the threat and minimize vulnerabilities
  • Identify required physical, personnel, and procedural security for IS

Delivery: eLearning

Length: 2 hours

Target Audience: Department of Defense (DoD) Security Specialists and other security personnel who have cybersecurity-related responsibility for protecting government information systems

Number of Student per Course: N/A


  • Clearance Requirement: N/A
  • Attendance Requirement: N/A
  • Exam Requirements: Students must earn a 75 percent grade average on the course exam. (CS160.16)

Prerequisites: N/A

Credits Recommended/Earned

  • ACE Credit Recommendation: (What's this?) N/A
  • Continuing Education Units per IACET: N/A
  • Professional Development Units per SPeD: N/A

Additional 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.