Defense Cybersecurity Assurance Program
The Defense Cybersecurity Assurance Program (DCAP) aided defense contractors at any tier of the supply chain by offering expert cybersecurity consulting services and matching funds to qualifying companies that needed assistance in becoming compliant with NIST SP 800-170. OMI engaged more than 20 Ohio firms in Defense Cybersecurity Assurance Program (DCAP) services. The initial assessment identified firms’ knowledge of the cybersecurity guidelines (NIST SP 800-171) and level of assistance required to comply with the needs of the defense industry. Following compliance, OMI connected the firms with expert support to identify cybersecurity gaps and implement a customized plan.
As firms gained a better understanding of measures necessary to insure the protection of controlled unclassified information they are better equipped to conduct the necessary missions of the Department of Defense. Through the process of evaluation and supporting security initiatives with on-site work of private sector experts, firms adopted the latest security practices and increased their proactive response to threats. In addition, the outcome resulted in more rural defense suppliers gaining compliance to the guidelines as outlined in NIST SP 800-171.
The DCAP, Phase 2 program is now operated by the Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence - more information is available at https://cdme.osu.edu/defense-cybersecurity-assurance-program
DCAP impact across the Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana regions (as of April 30, 2019):