May 28, 2020

New Insider Threat Case Study

The Center for Development of Security Excellence (CDSE) recently released a new "Kinetic Violence" Insider Threat Case Study on "Christopher Paul Hasson." The Hasson case study highlights an insider threat hostile act that was prevented by an effective insider threat program and led to a positive outcome. All of CDSE’s case studies can easily be included in an organization’s security education, training, and awareness programs. They are suitable for printing or easy placement in a company or command newsletter, email, or training bulletin.

Access our newest case study today.

June Insider Threat Speaker Series

CDSE invites you to participate in our upcoming June Speaker Series:

PERSEREC – The Threat Lab
Thursday, June 11, 2020
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET

Please join us for this live event as we discuss the PERSEREC Threat Lab with Ms. Stephanie Jaros. The Threat Lab was founded in 2018 to formally integrate the social and behavioral sciences into the counter-insider threat mission space. Ms. Jaros is a Sociologist with the Defense Personnel & Security Research Center (PERSEREC) and serves as the Director of Research for the DoD Counter-Insider Threat Program. Ms. Jaros will also discuss The Threat Lab’s business model, current projects, and planned projects.

Register for all Speaker Series.

Upcoming Know Your CDSE Speaker Series

As part of Center for Development of Security Excellence’s (CDSE) 10th Anniversary, we launched a "Know Your CDSE" Speaker Series featuring a different security focus each webinar. CDSE invites you to participate in our next Speaker Series that will feature our training and resources for Counterintelligence (CI) Awareness.

Know your CDSE: Counterintelligence
Thursday, July 9, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET

Join this live, interactive 30-minute event to learn about CDSE’s many Counterintelligence training/awareness courses, performance support tools, and resources. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to enhance your CI Awareness Program and expand your knowledge and skills.

This Speaker Series was originally scheduled for May 14 but was rescheduled to July 9. Registrations for the original date will automatically be transferred to the new date. No further action is required by registrants. Everyone else can now register at

SPēD Certification Program Migration Reminder

This is a reminder that on June 1, the Security Professional Education Development (SPēD) Certification Program will migrate account creation and profile management from the Security Training, Education, and Professionalization Portal (STEPP) to My SPēD Certification (MSC). 

In addition, the SPēD participation check box option located on your STEPP profile has been removed.  MSC will now be the only location for new and existing account creations.  MSC has a planned scheduled maintenance event and will not be available from 12 a.m. EST on Saturday, May 16, through 12 a.m. EST on Monday, June 1. 

Beginning June 1, all current and future SPēD Certification Program candidates will be issued digital badges after successfully passing and being conferred SPēD certifications.  In addition, the SPēD Certification Program Management Office (PMO) will no longer mail certificates and lapel pins.

Within 48 duty hours after being conferred, candidates will receive an email from Credly’s Acclaim platform, giving them access to their newly earned digital badge.  Candidates can click the “Accept” button below the badge icon and will be redirected to the Acclaim login page (  Candidates must log in or create an Acclaim account to claim their digital badge.  Once a candidate claims their digital badge, they will have the option to make it viewable to the public or keep it private.

Current MSC account users:  The migration will not affect profiles already created in MSC.  Candidates will be required to update their profile and complete several new data fields of information upon log in.  Beginning June 1, records will only be available in MSC.

Non-Common Access Card (CAC) holders:  Candidates will be required to submit a manual account creation form to regain/gain access to their MSC account.  The manual account creation form can be found on the MSC account creation page above the DoD ID field, or by contacting your Component Service Representative (CSR) after June 1.  Candidates will be notified by the SPēD Certification PMO within 72 duty hours when your account is approved.

All SPēD certificate mailings will remain on hold until SPēD Certification PMO staff have been instructed to safely return back to work.  We greatly appreciate your patience during this period of uncertainty.

STEPP Maintenance Notice

The Security Training, Education, and Professionalization Portal (STEPP) will undergo maintenance and will be inaccessible during the following date:

Date: May 28, 2020

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. ET

Duration: 6.5 hours

Reason: courses and exams will be updated

During this window, STEPP users will be unable to access the system. Also, note STEPP has a daily maintenance backup from 1:00 AM to 1:30 am ET. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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