“Achieving Cybersecurity Together”—ACT—requires not only an aware workforce, but also a well-trained workforce. Computer security training, among the most important defenses against cyber-attacks to the Department of Homeland Security, is required annually of all DHS federal and contractor employees, according to Section 4.1.5 of DHS Management Directive 4300, as well as federal law.
Computer security training builds enterprise-wide resilience by educating employees on how to resist falling victim to cyber attacks that feature tactics designed to coerce or trick personnel into providing unauthorized access to the DHS network and information. Each Component, including DHS Headquarters, provides customized computer security training for its federal employees through a Learning Management System, a Web-based application designed to centralize and automate training administration. While training completion may be required via the LMS or elsewhere, each LMS monitors participation and assesses participant performance.
FEMA Employees and Contractors can access the FEMA Online Security Awareness Training by visiting the following link: Nemis.FEMA.net.
Each LMS also may offer additional, non-mandatory computer security training, as well as related electronic books. In addition, the DHS scorecard for compliance with the federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 monitors the enterprise’s compliance with computer security training required by federal law.
DHS also sponsors resources for public cybersecurity training. The Stay Safe Online website offers the C-SAVE program, providing free cyber security lesson plans and activities for those who volunteer to teach young people and others cyber security, cyber safety, and cyberethics.
This article, the fourth in a series of four, reminds all DHS employees of their shared responsibility to ACT in building and maintaining resilient cybersecurity for the enterprise in conjunction with the National Cyber Security Awareness Month campaign. NCSAM is a national public awareness campaign encouraging Americans everywhere to protect their computers and the nation’s critical cyber infrastructure. For more information, visit the Cybersecurity Information Center on DHS Connect, which includes archived articles from National Cybersecurity Awareness Month topics and more.