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Downloading and Installing CSET

CSET may be obtained free of charge in two ways. You may request a CD of the software by sending an email to cset@dhs.gov. Please insert "CSET" in the subject line of the email and include your name, organization name, complete street address (no P.O. boxes), and phone number in your email request. A disk will be sent to you by mail.

You may also download CSET using the link at the bottom of this page. After clicking the link, you will be asked to identify yourself and will then be given the opportunity to download the file CSET_x.x.iso, where “x.x” is the version identifier.

The CSET download is in a file format known as “ISO.” This file is an “image” of the equivalent files within the CSET CD. Because of this format, it is necessary to process the download using one of the following methods:

  1. Uncompressing the File - Open the file using any one of the newer compression utility software programs.
  2. Mounting the File- this method loads the ISO file using utility software to make the file appear like a virtual drive with the original CD loaded.
  3. Burning the file to CD – this method uses CD-burn software and the ISO file to burn the files onto your own CD to create a physical disk identical to the CSET original.

These methods require separate software utilities. There are a variety of both free and purchased utility programs available through the Internet that will work with the ISO file format. As DHS does not recommend any specific application or vendor, it will be necessary for you to find a product that provides the necessary functionality. Step by step instructions for each method are provided below:

Uncompressing the File

  1. CLICK the Download CSET link at the bottom of this page and complete the requested information to download the ISO file.
  2. SAVE the file to your hard drive of choice (i.e., your computer hard drive or USB drive) maintaining the file name and extension (.iso).
  3. OPEN the ISO file with a compression utility program and SAVE the files to your hard drive of choice maintaining the original names and file extensions.
  4. COMPLETE the Installing the CSET Program instructions below.

Mounting the File

  1. CLICK the “Download CSET” link on this page and complete the requested information to download the ISO file.
  2. SAVE the file to your hard drive of choice (i.e., your computer hard drive or USB drive) maintaining the file name and extension (.iso).
  3. RUN your ISO-specific utility program that is capable of mounting the file. COMPLETE the instructions within the utility software to create a virtual drive using the ISO file. If you do not have an iso utility application you will need to find and install one before continuing with these instructions.
  4. COMPLETE the Installing the CSET Program instructions below.

Burning the file to CD

  1. CLICK the Download CSET link at the bottom of this page and complete the requested information to download the ISO file.
  2. SAVE the file to the hard drive on your computer maintaining the filename and extension (.iso).
  3. INSERT a blank, writable CD into the computer’s CD drive.
  4. RUN your CD-burn utility program. COMPLETE the instructions on your utility program to burn the ISO image to your DVD. (If you do not have an application that can do this, then you will need to find and install one before continuing with these instructions.)
  5. COMPLETE Installing the CSET Program instructions below. 

Installing the CSET Program

  1. FIND the setup.exe file in the folder, virtual drive, or CD containing the CSET files. 
  2. DOUBLE-CLICK the setup.exe file to execute. This will initiate the installer program.
  3. COMPLETE the the instructions in the installer wizard to install the CSET program.
  4. READ the material within the ReadMe document for a summary explanation of how to use the tool. Help is also available through the User Guide, screen guidance text, and general and screen specific video tutorials.

Video Tutorials

A series of video tutorials are available to help you better understand how to use this tool. They are designed to play within YouTube. Therefore, you must have an active internet connection to view them. Clicking the video tutorial link from within CSET will provide the needed web address or Uniform Resource Locator (URL). Copy then paste the address into an Internet browser to open the YouTube page. You can also access the videos by opening YouTube (www.youtube.com) separately and searching on “Cyber Security Evaluation Tool.” Searching on “CSET” alone may not provide the desired results.

To view close captioning in YouTube, click on the "cc" icon on the video window.

System Requirements

In order to execute CSET, the following minimum system hardware and software is required:

  • Pentium dual core 2.2 GHz processor (Intel x86 compatible)
  • CD-ROM drive if creating a physical CD
  • 2 GB free disk space
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • Microsoft Windows 7* or higher
  • Microsoft Office compatible (.doc or .docx) document reader
  • Microsoft Visio 2007 or 2010 is required if Visio is the preferred tool to create or revise the network diagram. Visio 2013 is not currently supported
  • Microsoft Excel is required to open the network diagram inventory list
  • A Portable Document Format (PDF) reader such as Adobe Reader is required to view supporting documentation such as the standards; the latest version of Adobe Reader may be downloaded free from http://www.adobe.com/products/

CSET installs the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 Full Runtime, if required.

*It is highly recommended that Windows be fully patched through Windows Update.

 

To download CSET, select the following link:

Download CSET

 

Use the following hash values to validate your download:

  • MD5: 30812ae7df949bc944584f5a7bc4272f
  • SHA1: bbedb873e1c3b6cbe6dccc8a804a9ad376e74283

 

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