Cybersecurity Compliance for International Students


NDU ITD Service Desk: 202-685-3824

NDU provides students with access to the Internet, wireless networks, curricula, and research tools -- all via DoD-owned, -managed, or -compliant information systems. These IT tools will all be critical to your success at NDU.

Access is predicated on student compliance with DoD Information Assurance (IA) regulations and requirements. No student will receive access to any NDU system until they have accurately and fully completed these IA requirements. In order to satisfy IA regulations, you must submit to me the following two documents:

  • Cyber Awareness Challenge Course Completion Certificate
  • Completed, signed NDU System Authorization Access Request (SAAR) form 2875


1. Access the Cyber Awareness Challenge Course here: Cyber Awareness Challenge 2021 – DoD Cyber Exchange.

2. Select “launch” to begin the course. We encourage you to set aside a full hour to complete the training. Please note that no registration is required at this time in order to complete the training. However, this means that you MUST ensure that you download your completion certificate immediately upon finishing the course, otherwise you risk having to take it again.

**NOTE: For step-by-step instructions on how to complete the Cyber Awareness Challenge Course, see ISMO's Cyber Awareness Challenge 2021 Guide. If you have any technical issues completing the course, use the Training Troubleshooting Guide – DoD Cyber Exchange.

3. Save your course completion certificate to your computing device and print a copy for your records.

**NOTE: Please use the following mandatory naming convention: AY22_ISMO_YourLastName_YourFirstName_Cert


1. Open the NDU SAAR Form 2875.

**NOTE: The SAAR Form 2875 is a PDF form that requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to open, print, complete and sign (Download Adobe Acrobat Reader DC for free). If you print the form and complete/sign it manually, you must have the ability to scan in the completed/signed form and save it once again as a PDF document.

2. Enter required data in all highlighted fields (1-7, 10-11).

**NOTE: In field 7, please provide a personal email address to which you will have continuous access (i.e. Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo). 

3. In field 15, check the box certifying you have completed training, and enter the date printed on your Cyber Awareness Course Completion Certificate. 

**NOTE: If you complete the form electronically, field 15 must be filled in BEFORE you digitally sign field 16.  

4. Manually or digitally sign field 16. See Guidance on how to digitally sign using Adobe Acrobat Reader.

5. Save the completed/signed 2875 as a PDF to your computing device and print a copy for your records.

**NOTE: Please use the following mandatory naming convention: AY22_ISMO_YourLastName_YourFirstName_2875


1. Open an email addressed to your NDU ISMO POC: Elizabeth McCahon at or Sara Valentine at

2. Attach your Cyber Awareness Challenge course completion certificate (named AY22_ISMO_YourLastName_YourFirstName_Cert)

3. Attach your SAAR Form 2875 (named AY22_ISMO_YourLastName_YourFirstName_2875)

4. Send the email.