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Defence Cyber Protection Partnership

DCPP is a joint Ministry of Defence (MOD) / industry initiative to improve the protection of the defence supply chain from the cyber threat.

The Defence Cyber Protection Partnership (DCPP), a government industry initiative was formed to create a joint response to the cyber threat.

The DCPP aims to protect our military capability by improving cyber defence through the MOD’s supply chain while preserving existing investment in cyber security measures.

As part of the partnership the Ministry of Defence has created a number of cyber security standards that have to be met to contract with MOD, these are outlined in the Cyber Security Model (CSM).

In order for a supplier to demonstrate their compliance MOD has created Octavian. This is an online tool that enables you to complete a risk assessment (RA) and/or a supplier assurance questionnaire (SAQ).

DCPP events

18 January 2018: UK/Denmark Defence Industry Conference (ADS and FAD), in London

Building on the success of its previous Nordic conferences, ADS is jointly organising a conference, with its counterpart in Denmark, the Defense & Aerospace Industries Association of Denmark (FAD).
Visit the ADS Group website for further information.

27 March 2018: DPRTE 2018, in Cardiff

Focused towards both buyers and suppliers engaged throughout the whole defence acquisition supply chain, DPRTE 2018 will provide attendees and exhibitors with an invaluable opportunity to enhance knowledge, share best practice and showcase innovation, in addition to gaining an invaluable insight into the latest policies, initiatives and opportunities across the defence procurement and supply chain marketplace.

What is the DCPP ?

The DCPP is the partnership between the MOD and industry to decide upon new cyber security standards for industry. These are outlined in our Cyber Security Model which is built upon the Cyber Essentials Scheme.

You can find more information about the DCPP by joining the DCPP groups on CiSP and LinkedIn.

How to comply with the CSM

The Cyber Security Model (CSM) outlines the minimum required cyber security standards depending on the cyber risk level of each contract. The contractual requirement to meet the CSM is outlined in Defence Standard (DEFSTAN) 05-138 and Defence Condition (DEFCON) 658.

The DEFCON is one of a suite of conditions which make up a contract and you can view all MOD contract conditions on the Commercial Toolkit, which can be accessed by registering on the Acquisition System Guidance.

Communicate DCPP to others

These links and documents are here to assist you in understanding the requirements of the Cyber Security Model and communicating them to your staff and sub-contractors.

DCPP, Cyber Security Model: podcast. This 30 minute podcast is suitable for suppliers and practitioners of the Cyber Security Model. Please note: this podcast is hosted by a third party and the MOD is not responsible for the content of that site.

DCPP, Supply Chain Cyber Resilience: podcast. This 30 minute podcast is suitable for senior business leaders and CEOs of small and medium sized enterprises. Please note: this podcast is hosted by a third party and the MOD is not responsible for the content of that site.

Published 2 June 2016
Last updated 20 December 2017 + show all updates
  1. Added DCPP events.
  2. Added Risk Assessment Workflow, Supplier Assurance Questionnaire Workflow.
  3. Added updated information on Octavian.
  4. Added Cyber security for defence suppliers (Defence Standard 05-138, Issue 2) and DEFCON 658
  5. Added Supplier cyber protection service development updates.
  6. Updated link to Cyber Protection Service.
  7. Added information on the Supplier Cyber Protection Service online tool.
  8. Added links to updated documents related to DCPP.
  9. DCPP: Cyber risk profile control guidance added
  10. Added link to: Defence Cyber Protection Partnership: your questions answered
  11. First published.