Electromagnetic (EM) Security and TEMPEST Fundamentals training


On 2 September 2020 we became FCDO Services. Read more about our name change.

FCDO Services runs the Electromagnetic (EM) Security and TEMPEST Fundamentals course on behalf of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which is a part of GCHQ

This course provides an overview of EM Security. It covers the legal requirements and the practical security issues that need to be considered when working on TEMPEST issues. The course is suitable for government and industry practitioners who require an understanding of current security challenges and the effective countermeasures to these challenges. Both UK policy and international standards are addressed during the course.

To ensure the safety of our staff, all our face-to-face training has been postponed, including TEMPEST training. We are working on ways to deliver training and give advice on our UK NACE NTA Technical Security syllabus remotely.

The course lasts for two days and is offered at our Hanslope Park site which is situated near Milton Keynes. Please contact us by email or call us on 01908 290777 for further details including costs. Alternatively download and complete our course application form to book your place.

Our next available course dates:

The EM Security and TEMPEST Course has been suspended until 2021. We will update this page once new dates are confirmed.

More advanced modular courses are run by NCSC for TEMPEST Testers and Team Leaders. Details of these courses are listed on the NCSC website.

Our EM Security and TEMPEST Fundamentals course is subject to minimum security clearance requirements and other eligibility criteria as set by GCHQ. Please ensure you meet these requirements before applying for a place on the course.

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to attend you must be:

  • a UK citizen or citizen of a NATO/EU member country AND
  • employed by the UK or a NATO/EU member Government, another UK or NATO/EU member public body, or a UK or NATO/EU member private sector organisation that has a contract, on which you are working, with a UK or NATO/EU member Government department AND
  • working in a role that requires you to have access to NATO TEMPEST policy standards

Minimum Security Clearance:

You must have a minimum of Security Check (SC) or NATO Secret clearance for nationals of NATO member countries or EU Secret for nationals of EU member countries. NATO and EU attendees must provide a supporting letter from their National Technical Authority directly to GCHQ supporting their request for attendance on the course.


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