Course 731: Controlling Authority/Command Authority (ConAuth/CmdAuth)


All federal departments must ensure that appointed personnel possess the required knowledge to manage the operational use of key material assigned to a cryptonet. This online course introduces the basics of Communications Security (COMSEC), the roles and responsibilities of controlling authorities and cryptographic logistics and maintenance. Participants will learn to identify cryptonet key requirements and become familiar with the concepts required in the development of a Key Material Support Plan. Designed as a two-part blended approach, the first part consists of an e-learning component (731) which will focus on the COMSEC environment where participants will gain knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of the Controlling Authority (CA). Second, the workshop component (231), delivered in a classroom setting, will focus on developing a Key Material Support Plan (KMSP).


  • Roles and responsibilities of controlling authorities
  • Cryptographic key and networks
  • Security requirements
  • Policy guidelines and directives

Target audience

Digital Government of Canada (GC) personnel who have been designated as CA of a cryptonet.


The on-line course is mandatory for those who wish to register for the workshop component.

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