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NIETP Common Security Warnings & Site Access Errors

The CAE Cyber Defense Education Program is currently undergoing a review and update of the application process. Input is being solicited from all CAE-CDE designated institutions to inform this evolution. After input from all designated institutions is compiled, a detailed process will be presented. As a result of this evolution, 2020 CAE-CDE re-designating schools will automatically be given a no-lapse extension of at least one-year. Re-designating CAE-Rs will still need to submit an application for re-designation.

New applicants and schools in the Candidates Program will follow directions from the CNRC as to how and when to apply. New applicants should complete the Applicant Checklist as per usual. Any new schools wishing to apply as a CAE-R should contact the CAE Program Office at

Are you getting a site certificate error when trying to access This web site uses SSL protection to help secure our content. Access to these areas require that a site security certificate is loaded into your browser. There are two ways to avoid site certificate error messages:

While adding an exception is the faster, easier process, you might have to repeat the process for multiple protected DoD web sites. Importing the DoD Root CA 3 Certificate will take about 2 minutes, but it is the more thorough solution. You should only have to import it once per browser. You may see some other messages, usually alerts, rather than error messages, even when everything is installed correctly.

Other Common Error Messages