This course does not have a final exam.

Description: This revised version of Cyber Awareness Challenge, providing enhanced guidance for online conduct and proper use of information technology by DoD personnel, simulates the decisions that Federal government information system users make every day as they perform their work. Rather than using a narrative format, the Challenge presents cybersecurity, information assurance (IA), and information systems security (ISS) awareness instructional topics through first-person simulations and mini-games that allow the user to practice and review cybersecurity concepts in an interactive manner. The introduction explains that information system users are responsible for protecting sensitive and classified information, as well as the information system on which this information resides. In the introduction, users are presented with the types of decisions they are expected to make throughout the Challenge and the consequences of their decisions in the scoring mechanisms. As a user makes these situational decisions, the user is introduced to threats associated with spyware, malicious code, phishing, identity theft, and the insider threat, as well as what to do when encountering classified or sensitive documents on the Internet. Users experience the importance of maintaining information security situational awareness when out of a secure area. Users learn security concepts they need to practice in their daily routine at work, while teleworking, and on their home systems.

Course Resources: N/A

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

  • Identify IA/ISS and why it is important
  • Identify the different types of information and the requirements to protect each content type
  • Identify the different forms and methods of cyber-attacks

Delivery Method: eLearning

Length: 75 Minutes

Target Audience: Department of Defense (DoD) information system users and other U.S. Government personnel and contractors within the National Industrial Security Program

Number of Student per Course: N/A


  • 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: 3

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.