To address requirements outlined in policies such as DoD 8570.01M Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program (WIP), dated 10 November 2015, incorporating Change 4; Office of Management and Budget Circular NO. A-130; and the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) of 2014, the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) develops, maintains and annually releases the Department of Defense Chief Information Office (DoD CIO) sponsored Cyber Awareness Challenge course. Course content is based on the requirements addressed in these policies and from community input from the DoD CIO chaired Cyber Workforce Advisory Group (CWAG).
The course provides an overview of cybersecurity threats and best practices to keep information and information systems secure. Every year, authorized users of the DoD information systems must complete the Cyber Awareness Challenge to maintain awareness of, and stay up-to-date on new cybersecurity threats. The training also reinforces best practices to keep the DoD and personal information and information systems secure, and stay abreast of changes in DoD cybersecurity policies. Other agencies use the course to satisfy their requirements as well.
There is also a Knowledge Check option available within the course for individuals who have successfully completed the previous version of the course. A random selection of Knowledge Check questions derived from the previous version are presented at the beginning of each lesson. Answering these questions correctly results in the ability to bypass a particular lesson. Instructions for this option are included within the course.