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IS-871.A: Dams Sector: Security Awareness

Notice: This course is pending revision in 2023-2024

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Course Overview

This course has been developed by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)--the Sector Risk Management Agency for the Dams Sector--and is being hosted by EMI. All questions or comments about this course should be directed to the following email address:

Dams Sector: Security Awareness is the second course in the Dams Sector Web-based training series. The purpose of this series of courses is to provide owners and operators with information pertaining to security awareness, protective measures, and crisis management.

This course explains how security awareness is an important component of an overall risk management program. In addition, it provides owners and operators with information that assists in identifying security concerns, coordinating proper response, and establishing effective partnerships with local law enforcement and first responders.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This course is designated as FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (FOUO) because it contains sensitive but unclassified information. The HSIN-CI Dams Portal serves as the primary mechanism with which dam and levee stakeholders exchange information, both at the For Official Use Only and non-sensitive levels, during steady-state operations. The portal, managed by the Dams Sector Management Team within the Stakeholder Engagement Division / CISA, promotes effective information collection and dissemination among sector partners in Federal, State, and local agencies, as well as the private sector. The portal provides trusted and vetted public and private representatives, including owners and operators, access to a number of resources, including training courses.

HSIN-CI Dams Portal Fact Sheet

  • Must complete the course within the Homeland Security Information Network-Critical Infrastructure(HSIN-CI) Dams Portal. Those who do not currently have access to the HSIN-CI Dams Portal must complete the HSIN-CI Dams Portal Access Request Form and submit directly to the Dams Sector Management Team via to request and be considered for access to the training course.
  • Will return to this page to complete the final exam in order to receive credit. You may want to bookmark this page so that you can easily return to this page when you are ready to take the exam.

Course Access Instructions

  1. Go to From the login screen, enter your HSIN username and password. Step 1 of HSIN Course Access Instructions
  2. From the HSIN Homepage, hover over the 3x3 grid in the upper-left corner of the screen. A dropdown menu will appear. Click on the ‘Memberships’ link. Step 2 of HSIN Course Access Instructions
  3. From the options of membership communities, click on 'Dams'. Step 3 of HSIN Course Access Instructions
  4. From the Dams Portal homepage, click on 'Training'. Step 4 of HSIN Course Access Instructions
  5. From the Dams Training homepage, click on the course you want to take. After taking the course, the exam link is below the course description. Step 5 of HSIN Course Access Instructions

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • Describe the mission and partners of the Dams Sector.
  • Identify the common characteristics of dams.
  • Describe the consequences of dam failures.
  • Describe common security vulnerabilities and interdependencies that affect the Dams Sector.
  • Describe potential terrorist threats and targets related to the Dams Sector.
  • Identify terrorist surveillance objectives and methodologies.
  • Identify indicators of surveillance and other suspicious activities.
  • Identify indicators of weapons, explosives, chemical, biological, and radiological threats.
  • Describe the process for reporting incidents.
  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses in a sample report narrative.

Primary Audience

All Dams Sector facility owners and operators, with emphasis on owners and operators seeking the fundamentals of the security awareness elements of a risk management program. Note: This course is designated For Official Use Only.


It is recommended that course participants complete the IS-870 Dams Sector: Crisis Management course prior to completing this course. The IS-870 course is available through EMI at the following link:



Course Length:

2 hours
Take Final Exam
  • Test questions are scrambled to protect test integrity
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