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Computer Security Awareness

Course Overview

NRCS depends on computer systems to perform many of its functions and responsibilities. These systems contain a wealth of information resources. The purpose of this training is to generate computer security awareness and concern among its readers and to ensure an understanding of our roles in protecting this valuable resource. Ir provides readers with practical information on computer security that users should immediately implement in all their daily activities. The following topics are addressed.

  • Laws, Policy, and Responsibility
  • Threats and Vulnerabilities
  • Passwords
  • Data/Software
  • Communications
  • Physical Security

The NRCS Information Systems Security Program Manager has determined that this training meets the requirements as outlined in the Computer Security Act of 1987.

Course Objectives

After completing this training, the participant will be able to protect Federal Information Processing (FIP) equipment and data by:

  • identifying security risks and responsibilities, and
  • implementing security principles routinely.

Delivery Method

This course is comprised of one self-paced student booklet.


Less than four hours

Target Audience

  • All NRCS employees
  • All NRCS volunteers using NRCS computer systems
  • District Partners
  • Other Partners
  • Non-NRCS individuals with authorization to use NRCS computer systems
  • Contractors officially located where NRCS computer systems reside

NEDC Contact

Alix Andre

 Technical Specialist

Mario Phillips
Deputy security Officer
(301) 504-2250
voice mail 9002-504-2250


Contact your IRM coordinator.