What is DCAP?

The Defense Cybersecurity Assurance Program (DCAP) offers assistance to qualifying companies that need support to achieve compliance with the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) 252.204-7012. The regulation requires that all defense contractors, at any tier of the supply chain, implement National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-171 guidelines. 

The deadline to comply was December 31, 2017.

The Ohio State University is partnering with The University of Michigan and Purdue University on the program, which is primarily funded by the Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment. Through DCAP, companies in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana will receive:

  • Expert cybersecurity consulting and funding to assist with DFARS 252.204-7012 compliance
  • Customized planning and technology recommendations
  • Insight into ongoing developments and resources accessible
Not compliant or not sure? DCAP at Ohio State can help. 
The Department of Defense wants contractors to organize and address security requirements, including access control, incident response, and security assessments.



Does my company qualify for DCAP?

Eligibility for DCAP services rely on the following criteria:

  1. The company has operations in Ohio, Michigan, or Indiana

  2. Earning at least 10% annually of business revenues from DOD-derived contracts (at any supply chain tier) currently or within the past five years

    • Or, demonstrates the critical potential to address a particular need in the defense supply chain

  3. Company has less than 500 employees



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For more information or to submit your request, please email Charles Young, the director of business development at Ohio State's Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence (CDME).