Cyber Awareness Challenge Training

What are the system requirements for Cyber Awareness Challenge?

The technologies listed below, including operating systems and browsers, represent what the current course was built to and tested against. Upward compatibility is assumed, however, not guaranteed. Courseware solutions integrate many technologies and software from different vendors over which we do not have control.

    • Operating Systems (Windows): Microsoft Windows 7 and 10
    • Operating Systems (Mac): macOS 10.13 High Sierra
    • Operating Systems (Linux): Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5
    • Internet Browsers (Windows): Internet Explorer 11, Mozilla Firefox 61, Google Chrome 67, and Microsoft Edge 42
    • Internet Browsers (Mac): Mozilla Firefox 61, Safari 11
    • Internet Browsers (Linux): Mozilla Firefox 52.8.0
    • Mobile environments (Apple iPad Air 2): iOS 11.4, Safari 11, and Google Chrome 62
    • Mobile environments (Samsung Galaxy Tab S2): Android 7 and Google Chrome 64
    • Mobile environments (Surface pro i7 Model 1796): Windows 10, Internet Explorer 11, Mozilla Firefox 61, Google Chrome 67, and Microsoft Edge 42
    • PDF Viewer: Adobe Acrobat Reader 10.0
    • Javascript enabled
    • Cookies enabled
    • CPU: 2 GHz
    • RAM:4 GB
    • Minimum 1024 x 768 resolution with 32-bit color
    • Speakers or headphones required
    • Accessibility Software: JAWS 2018

What are my options for accessing and completing this course?

I have completed the Cyber Awareness Challenge training, but I am not able to print out a completion certificate.

  • Verify that you have completed the course.  All modules should be green with a check mark if successfully completed.  If you see red dots on your screen, that means that module still needs to be clicked on and completed.  If you have grayed out modules on your screen, they cannot be completed until the modules before it has been completed.  Click here for example of uncompleted training.  This is an example where only 3 of 14 modules have been completed.  You will not be prompted to save your certificate until you successfully complete all modules available.
  • Cyber Awareness Challenge 2020 is enabled to allow the user to save their certificate on their local system or network. At the conclusion of the course, when presented with the Certificate of Completion, enter your name and click “Save Certificate”. You will then be able to save the certificate as a Portable Document Format (PDF). To do this, a PDF viewer is required to be installed on the user’s machine.
  • You MUST save your certificate when prompted. If you do not save the certificate on the screen when prompted to, you may need to re-take the course. The policy for being provided a certificate after unsuccessfully saving or printing a certificate vary based on the website you are taking the course from.  For helpdesk assistance, click here.

I launched the Cyber Awareness Challenge training and it is taking forever to load.

There are many possible causes of this experience. Most commonly, the issue is being experienced due to high bandwidth or a slow connection on the user’s end.  Consider closing non-essential applications if problems are encountered, closing and restarting your browser, turning off your vpn connection or choosing a different browser to take the course.

One possible solution to consider is when launching the Cyber Awareness Challenge, it offers an option to select playing the course with high quality videos, where a high-speed Internet connection is available. Another option available is to choose videos optimized for low-bandwidth conditions. Choosing the low-bandwidth option may resolve the issue.

If this does not resolve your issue, it is recommended to contact your local helpdesk support to troubleshoot network related issues.

I am unable to continue my training from where I left off. What can I do?

When a user attempts Cyber Awareness Challenge 2020 for the first time, the launch page will offer a single option to “Start New Session”. The other option displayed, “Continue Existing Session”, will initially be grayed out and unavailable for selection. When a user starts the course with a supported and properly configured system and browser, a session cookie is placed on the user’s computer. This session cookie will track the individual’s progress through the course and allow pausing and returning to the course at the same location at a later time as long as the cookie is not deleted. When this option is chosen, the user will be able to select “Continue Existing Session”. Keep in mind some systems are configured to delete cookies when the browser is closed or for other reasons. If the cookie is deleted, the user will have to retake the course from the beginning.

What do I do if I have tried all of these steps, and I am still having issues with the training?

Verify the website address where you are taking the training from and then click the applicable website below:

How does the Cyber Awareness Challenge training meet Section 508 accessibility requirements?

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. § 794d) requires Federal departments and agencies to provide people with disabilities equal access to Federal electronic and information technology. The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Final Standards and Guidelines (36 CFR Parts 1193 and 1194), effective as of 18 January 2018, addresses accessibility requirements covered by Section 508. The functional performance criteria (36 CFR Part 1194, Appendix C) require that information and communication technology provide

At least one mode of operation for individuals who have:

  • Sight impairment, including no vision, limited vision, and no perception of color (302.1-3)
  • Hearing impairment, including no hearing and limited hearing (302.4-5)
  • Speech impairment, including no speech (302.6)
  • Mobility impairment, including limited manipulation and limited reach and strength (302.7-8)
  • Features that make use simpler and easier for individuals with limited cognitive, language, and learning abilities (302.9)

DISA is proud to offer online training that is accessible to everyone, including individuals with disabilities. DISA tested this course for conformance with Level A and Level AA success criteria defined by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 (36 CFR Part 1194, Appendix A, E205.4), as well as compatibility with the popular screen reader JAWS. This course also offers several additional functions that offer alternative access to onscreen content.

All onscreen controls can be accessed without a mouse. To navigate the course without a mouse, use the Tab key on your keyboard to cycle through the interactive controls. If you are using a screen reader, you can read through all of the content, including interactive buttons, using the arrow keys. To activate a user control, use the space bar or the Enter key.

Audio descriptions of video and animated elements on screen are integrated into the main audio track where the narration is not otherwise sufficient to describe them. To access audio descriptions, select the AD button on the toolbar.

Audio can be read either through synchronized closed captioning or through a transcript of all the audio on a screen, contained within a pop-up browser window. To turn on closed captioning, select the CC button on the toolbar. To access a transcript of the current screen’s audio, select the Transcript button on the toolbar.

Speech is not required for this course.

This course offers flexibility to suit individual learning needs and styles. The course communicates information via auditory, visual, and written means. The course’s accessibility functions may also be used to transform auditory communication into written communication via closed captioning or the transcript, and to transform visual communication into auditory communication via the audio descriptions and/or a screen reader. In addition, the course is self-paced, allowing the opportunity to pause, review, and repeat information for as long as necessary to ensure understanding.

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What system specifications are courses designed and tested to?

Courses are built and tested to the specifications listed below. Upward compatibility is assumed, however, not guaranteed. Courses may also run on other configurations, however they were not tested and there are no guarantees or troubleshooting support available from DISA. Courseware solutions integrate many technologies and software from different vendors over which we do not have control.

  1. Operating Systems/Browsers:
    • Microsoft Windows 7 & 10
    • Internet Explorer 11; Mozilla Firefox 61; Google Chrome 67; and Microsoft Edge 42
  2. Mobile environments (Apple iPad Air 2): iOS 11.4, Safari 11, and Google Chrome 62
  3. Mobile environments (Samsung Galaxy Tab S2): Android 7 and Google Chrome 64
  4. Mobile environments (Surface pro i7 Model 1796): Windows 10, Internet Explorer 11, Mozilla Firefox 61, Google Chrome 67, and Microsoft Edge 42
  5. Accessibility Software (508 compliance): JAWS 2018
  6. Javascript enabled
  7. Cookies enabled

What are my options for completing courses?

  • Online via Training Catalog – Click Launch Training after selecting an online training course.

After I click on the link to launch the training, I received a black or blank screen and nothing happens.

If you see a black or blank screen as soon as you launch the courseware, this is probably an indication that your Adobe Flash Player global security settings do not allow use of Flash objects from the training. In other words, a “Trusted Path” has not been established between the source of the Flash Player objects of our training and your computer’s browser being used to present the training. To fix this issue, perform the following or visit the step-by-step instruction with screen captures:

  1. Ensure your computer is connected to the Internet. You only need this Internet connection once to establish the “Trusted Path”. (Please check that you are running Adobe Flash Player version 22 or later.)
  2. Attempt to launch the training product once more.
  3. When the “black or blank screen” appears, right click on the screen, and select ‘Global Settings…’.
  4. The Flash Player Settings Manager pop-up will appear, click on ‘Advanced’ tab.
  5. Scroll down and select the “Trusted Location Settings” button.
  6. Click on “Add”, then “Add Folder”, then “Browse for Folder”, browse to find the drive that has your Program Files, select your Adobe Flash Player application. If you cannot find the Adobe Flash Player application, select the “C:\Program Files” folder and click OK.(There may be two “Program Files.” Select both. If using a CD ROM or DVD ROM drive, add your CD/DVD ROM drive as well, for example D:\).
  7. Press the confirm button, and back out of the “Flash Player Settings Manager” dialogue box.
  8. Restart the training course.

I have completed the online training; but I cannot print out a completion certificate.

Some of the training products require you to review all the screen and pop-ups in order to receive the completion certificate. When the information on each screen is reviewed completely, you will have the arrow circled or flashing forward arrow indication to go to the next screen.

If you are still not able to print a completion certificate after reviewing all the screens and pop-ups, make sure your cookies settings is configured correctly by performing the following steps:

  1. From your Internet Explorer (IE) browser, click on Tools; then Internet Options.
  2. Click on the Privacy tab.
  3. Click on the Advanced button.
  4. On the Advanced Privacy Settings pop up, make sure “Accept” is selected under First-party Cookies; and that “Always allow session cookies” is checked
  5. Adjust Compatibility View Settings
  6. If you are not permitted to make these option changes, contact your local information technology (IT) support

I have tried everything and still cannot complete the online training and obtain a completion certificate.

Make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Flash installed (version 22 or later). To check your version of Adobe Flash, launch the training and right click on the training window. The page will appear and the version of Adobe Flash Player you have installed will appear on the popup page.

Please note that if you receive the black or blank screen when the training is launched, refer to FAQ item “Trusted Path”.