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DAU Cyber Enterprise Team Provides New Training Options

Matt Sablan, DAU Public Affairs / November 04, 2021

DAU Cyber Enterprise Team Provides New Training Options

The expert faculty and staff at DAU continue to develop new learning assets that provide new cybersecurity capabilities and skills for the Defense Acquisition Workforce. This team of cyber experts, referred to as the Cyber Enterprise Team (CET), consists of 13 cybersecurity professionals who provide training and instruction on the full spectrum of cybersecurity topics. The team’s mission is to train the workforce to proactively address cybersecurity threats and to operate effectively in current and future cyber contested environments.

“We are developing an innovative DoD-focused Cyber Training Range (CTR)," DAU CET Lead Tim Denman said "We are leading Cyber Table Top Facilitator training [courses], workshops and webinars. Our team is working hard to clearly understand and exceed customer expectations."

Students have an opportunity to attend hands-on training with the latest technologies and learn to think like hackers at the CTR. As noted by a recent student, it is “theory come to life" that allows them to practice offensive cyber techniques in order to learn how to defend against them. Additionally, a defensive cyber operations aspect of the range is in development. The range is currently being offered virtually, but there will be physical training ranges available at the DAU campuses on Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and California, Maryland, when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

CET Support Now Available!

For more information or to contact the CET about potential support, please email [email protected]. We offer over 20 cybersecurity courses and workshops, including:

  • Introduction to Cybersecurity
  • Cyber Table Top Workshop
  • Cyber Training Range Workshop
  • CMMC Workshop
  • DFARS 252.204-7012, 7019, 7020 and 7021 Overview
  • Cybersecurity for Program Managers
  • Cyber Resiliency Engineering
  • Program Protection
  • Cloud Computer Security
  • Software Assurance Awareness
  • Risk Management Framework for the Practitioner
  • Supply Chain Risk Management for Information Technology
  • Mission Assistance and Consulting

Workshops in addition to the CTR provide attendees a broad range of hands-on training with cybersecurity tools and concepts. These small-group training sessions vary from 1- to 3-day engagements on a wide vareity of topics, including understanding the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification and the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement, systems security engineering, secure cloud computing, a deep dive in understanding the Risk Management Framework and others. Major customers and thinking partners include Naval Information Warfare Systems Command, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Cyber Resiliency Office for Weapon Systems, Naval Air Systems Command, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), USAF Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Program Office, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command and many others.

After a recent CTR, a student from NAVSEA stated that DAU “provid[ed] the necessary technical expertise to ensure that Cyber Training Range class operated smoothly. … no one was left behind during training. … The bar has been exceeded and expectation of future DAU courses have risen.”

Attendees from the Defense Logistics Agency and United States Air Force, Air Force District of Washington 884 also shared their positive experience working on the range, with both expressing interest in more workshops and courses, as well as encouraging others to take some time on the Cyber Training Range.

The team is also working to revamp its Cybersecurity Community of Practice (COP), which makes cybersecurity resources and information readily available. This informational forum is under development, but input and suggestions from the Defense Acquisition Workforce can ensure it is meeting their needs and providing value-added resources. The COP can be found at https://www.dau.edu/cop/cybersecurity.

The CET has also supported the creation of many other learning assets that the Defense Acquisition Workforce needs, including classes and cybersecurity credentials. The CET helped develop CLE074, CLE080, CLE081, ACQ160, ENG260 and ISA220. Credentials include Program Protection, Cybersecurity for Program Managers and Cyber Resiliency Intro and Practitioner. These learning assets are direct responses to the workforce’s needs, and the team is continuing to monitor evolving needs so that it can develop new assets to address those needs. Registration is now open for many of the cybersecurity courses, credentials and workshops available in the iCatalog.

The DAU CET also provides other mission assistance/consulting to help customers solve acquisition related cybersecurity challenges, delivering support directly at the time of need to minimize disruptions to scheduled program activities.

“When the cybersecurity team began over six years ago, DAU professors were focused mostly on career fields. Cybersecurity was a great training need, but it encompassed every career field in some way. DAU wanted to show that we understood what the acquisition community needs and we weren’t afraid to go beyond traditional career fields with our training,” Denman said.

Their success with providing direct support to Naval customers was recognized by the Navy and provides an opportunity to expand direct support for other Naval organizations. The Naval Audit Services reported to DAU that other stakeholders within the Navy were looking forward to improving cyber resiliency. Naval Audit Services credited the CET’s support, stating “this is in large part due to your efforts! You helped us tremendously in getting up-to-speed.”

Members of the CET also share their experience with external groups, such as the Cyber Center of Excellence, where Paul Shaw joined their podcast to discuss post-pandemic security. The team also produced a webcast to help viewers understand the Department of Defense Instruction 5000.83, Technology and Program Protection to Maintain Technological Advantage and a very popular tool that illustrates the importance of cybersecurity throughout the acquisition lifecycle is DAU’s Cybersecurity and Acquisition Lifestyle Integration Tool.

The team is also hosting a variety of other events for the DoD Acquisition workforce. In addition to the many workshops, the DAU CET is partnering with organizations such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and their Manufacturing Extension Partnerships (MEPs) for CMMC/DFARS training and webinars, along with the California Advanced Supply Chain Analysis and Diversification Effort (CASCADE). The team also hosts and participates in webinars, updates, conferences and symposiums with acquisition customers and stakeholders across the DoD. The CET has collaborated recently with the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense, Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)), the DoD Chief Information Office (CIO), and the USAF CROWS Office for Webinars, curriculum, and outreach events.

For more information or if you know of cybersecurity training or collaboration needs, please send an email to [email protected]