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CHIPS Articles: A Resource Guide for the DON Cyberspace/IT Community

A Resource Guide for the DON Cyberspace/IT Community
By DON Cyberspace/IT Workforce Team - July-September 2013
A key challenge facing the Department of Navy (DON) is recruiting and retaining sufficient qualified cyberspace/information technology (IT) personnel. This resource guide provides links to a wealth of information intended to foster improved communication, professional development, and career mobility within the cyberspace/IT community. Those seeking to join, connect to, and grow in this critical workforce arena will find the websites provided below extremely useful.


DON CIO EMAIL ALERT: Email alerts inform the DON Cyberspace/IT community of important, timely items of interest, issues and technology related to IT affecting the DON. To receive these alerts, please sign up at: The email alert signup option is located at the bottom right of the home page.

CHIPS: This quarterly DON IT Magazine is dedicated to “Sharing Information – Technology – Experience” across the IT community. You may subscribe online and view issues at:

MARINE CORPS IT MANAGEMENT COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE (ITM COI): This website provides information on job opportunities, professional development and training. It includes a community calendar, pages for the community leader and community manager, and a document and reference library. This site serves as a focal point for communication and collaboration among community members. You may visit the site at: You may also follow the ITM COI on their Facebook page at:

DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY CIVILIAN HUMAN RESOURCES: This site provides timely and useful information on important issues for DON applicants, employees, managers, Senior Executive Service, and the civilian Human Resources Management community. For more information, visit You may also visit the Cyberspace/IT Workforce Community here.


NAVY CYBER FORCES COMMAND CYBER SECURITY WORKFORCE HOME PAGE: For more information on Navy Cyber Forces training, certification, points of contact, and other useful information, visit: The help desk e-mail is:

MARINE CORPS C4 IA WORKFORCE IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM: For more information on Marine Corps Information Assurance (IA) Workforce related matters, visit The associated help desk e-mail is:

INFORMATION ASSURANCE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM (IASP): The IASP provides scholarships to Department of Defense personnel for information assurance and cybersecurity related master’s and Ph.D. degrees. For more information please visit: and enter “IASP” in the search box.

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE (NPS) DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMS: NPS has developed several distributed learning programs to provide more accessibility and flexibility for DON military and civilian personnel to increase their knowledge of information operations or issues of evolving computer-based military systems. For more information, visit:

DISA INFORMATION ASSURANCE SUPPORT ENVIRONMENT (IASE): This Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) site provides numerous cybersecurity/IA education, training and awareness products:

FEDERAL VIRTUAL TRAINING ENVIRONMENT (FEDVTE): FedVTE is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the departments of State and Defense. This site hosts cybersecurity training videos and hands-on virtual technical training labs with instructor support. Visit:

SKILLSOFT: Skillsoft hosts SkillPort, a 24x7 gateway to resources for skills improvement, professional development, performance support, and more. Use SkillPort to find answers to questions, develop professional skills, and take targeted learning. Log in to explore the resources available, e.g., 3,000 courses, including all cybersecurity courses, plus PMP, ITIL, Cisco, Microsoft, etc. Navy personnel can access the SkillPort portal at: Marine Corps personnel can access through MarineNET at:

CREDENTIALING OPPORTUNITIES ONLINE (COOL): The COOL website provides background on commercial certification vouchers and funded exams. Access information and download voucher applications at:

MARINENET: MarineNet provides access to libraries and online courses, and allows you to complete required and annual training without stepping into a classroom. Visit MarineNet at:

THE NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIVERSITY INFORMATION RESOURCES MANAGEMENT COLLEGE (NDU ICOLLEGE): The iCollege prepares military and civilian leaders to optimize information technology management and secure information dominance within cyberspace. For more information on courses and related news, visit:


DON CIVILIAN HIRING AND RECRUITMENT TOOL: You can search and apply for jobs at:

NAVY IT MILITARY CAREERS: This site provides information on the Navy in general and IT careers specifically, including enlistment and benefits. Visit:

MARINE CORPS IT MILITARY CAREERS: This site provides general information on the Marine Corps, enlistment, and benefits; visit:


Chris Kelsall, director, Cyberspace/IT Workforce, Cyber/IT Civilian Community Manager,, (703) 695-1903.

Jennifer Harper, lead, Cyberspace/IT Workforce,, (703) 695-1983.

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