This course does not contain the final exam. Students must register for the exam separately in STEPP and will receive credit for the course upon receiving a passing score.

Description: This course provides an introduction to the Department of Defense (DoD) Information Security Program. The Introduction to Information Security course provides students with a basic understanding of the legal and regulatory basis for the program and how the program is implemented throughout DoD. After completing this course, the student will be familiar with the DoD Information Security Program.

Course Resources: Access this course's resources

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

  • Identify policy documents that govern development of security classification guidance
  • Identify levels and types of classified information
  • Define the processes and systems of declassification
  • Identify procedures for safeguarding classified information
  • State the purpose of ten of the most common security briefings used within the DoD

Delivery Method: eLearning

Length: 2 hours

Target Audience: DoD civilian and military personnel with little or no experience working with classified information

Number of students per course: N/A


  • Clearance Requirement:  N/A
  • Attendance Requirement: N/A
  • Exam Requirements: A passing score of 75 percent on the final exam (IF011.06) allows students to print a certificate of successful completion.

Prerequisites: N/A

Credit Recommendations/Earned:

  • ACE Credit Recommendation (What's this?): In association with IF201.01, IS020.CU, IS030.CU, GS101.01, and GS101.10
  • Continuing Education Units (CEU) Per IACET: 0
  • Professional Development Units (PDU) per SPēD: 6

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.