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/Supplier Cyber Protection. This free online tool enables you to complete both risk assessments (RA) and supplier assurance questionnaires (SAQ). .
Suppliers currently completing a Supplier Assurance Questionnaire in response to a Moderate or High Cyber Risk Profile need to confirm their identity. This process will be changing as we integrate gov.uk’s Verify service into Octavian. You may have used Verify before, for example for online renewal of passport.
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.
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.
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.