December 17, 2020

Updated DGR Role and Responsibilities Short

An updated version of the DGR Role and Responsibilities short is now available! This short identifies the role and responsibilities of the Designated Government Representative (DGR). View the short on our website!

March Getting Started Seminar – Now Virtual!

The next Getting Started Seminar for New Facility Security Officers (FSOs) is scheduled to start March 9, 2021 and it is entirely virtual! This course is not only a great way to get started as a new Facility Security Officer (FSO), but also a way for experienced FSOs to keep informed of policy changes, procedural changes, emerging trends, threats, concerns, etc. Students work in collaboration with other security professionals, exploring security topics through practical exercises. To learn more and register today, visit the course page.


The 2020 Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards In Technology: CDSE Wins Bronze

CDSE won a 2020 Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Technology Bronze Award under the category “Best Advance in Rewards and Recognition Technology” for our digital badging initiative (also known as the STEPP to PCM Migration). Each entry was based on rigorous judging processes. Entries were evaluated by an international panel of independent industry experts, Brandon Hall Group senior analysts, and the Brandon Hall Group executive leadership team. Judging was based on the following criteria: fit the need, design of the program, functionality, innovation, and overall measurable benefits. CDSE’s win was announced on December 10, 2020. The winners are listed here.

Tales From the Inside, Volume 4, Now Available

CDSE recently made available “Tales from the Inside,” Volume 4, the latest in our series of vignettes highlighting positive outcomes in insider threat programs. Learn how positive interventions mitigated risk and allowed a trusted employee to retain his position and remain a productive member of the workforce by visiting here.

December Pulse

We recently released the twelfth in a series of monthly security awareness newsletters called CDSE Pulse. December’s newsletter focused on Special Access Programs. Check out all the newsletters in the DCSA Electronic Reading Room or subscribe/update your current subscription and get the newsletter sent directly to your inbox by submitting your email address to CDSE News.

STEPP Notice

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

Date: December 17, 2020
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. ET
Duration: 7 hours
Reason: system update

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

Register Now for DVSCI

Registration is now open for the 2021 DOD Virtual Security Conference for Industry (DVSCI) on February 10 and 11, 2021! This year’s conference theme is “Back to Basics.” The agenda will include updates on changes to the Industrial Security and Personnel Vetting policies and topics such as, How to Run an Effective Insider Threat Program, Controlled Unclassified Information, and more. The conference is open to cleared industry under the National Industrial Security Program (NISP).

Find out more and register here.

Registration Open For Spring Semester Education Courses

Registration is now open for the fall semester of CDSE Education classes that run from January 11 to May 7, 2021. Classes fill quickly, so please register early to secure your spot in the fall semester.

CDSE Education Division offers:

  • Tuition Free & Flexible 100% virtual instructor-led courses
  • Five Security Education Certificate programs
  • Highly qualified instructors
  • Real-world practical assignments
  • Virtual networking with professionals throughout the security community

You can learn more about the classes being offered and register for them by accessing the links here.

To register, log in to STEPP

If you have any questions, or need additional information, contact the CDSE Education Division.

Newly Archived Speaker Series

Did you miss any of our recent Speaker Series? No problem! Access these archived topics:

Know Your CDSE: Education

Upcoming Speaker Series

The Center for Development of Security Excellence (CDSE) invites you to participate in our upcoming January Speaker Series:

The Ins and Outs of the Foreign Travel Brief
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET

You may be thinking, “Wow, this is so timely because we are doing so much foreign travel during this pandemic.” However, this brief contains vital information for when we are able travel again. Relax and join CDSE as we give a detailed overview of the Foreign Travel Brief (FTB).

Insider Threat and Prevention, Assistance, and Response (PAR) Capabilities)
Thursday, January 28, 2021
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET

PAR capabilities provide DOD leaders with options to care for their personnel who are at risk of potentially violent behavior and addresses their concerns. This webinar will discuss the importance of PAR capabilities to an effective insider threat program and its practical application.

Visit CDSE Webinars to sign up and join the discussion!

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