DISP Membership Consultancy

Specialist Consultants for the defence industry security program (DISP)

Our Mission:

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Entry Level DISP is sufficient for the majority of organisations.

Why Entry Level DISP

DISP’s Entry Level or Baseline tier has been designed by the department to bring organisations to modern information security standards. Upon approval of your entry level application, your organisation will be cleared for up to and including Official: Sensitive Information.

In our experience, Entry level DISP is sufficient for the majority of companies in the supply chain.

Fixed-price, all-inclusive Consultancy for Entry Level DISP.

A Package covering the A-Z of your entry level DISP journey.
Predictable, Affordable, and Flexible.

DISP Consultancy Package

Level: Entry (Baseline)

Benefits of Level 1

Level 1 accreditation will open the door to self sponsorship of security clearances and

Level 2+ Explained

All DISP consultancy pricing is custom to your company.

This is necessary as organisational risk factors can vary significantly.

Our consultancy has often saved tens of thousands in IT implementation costs, massively reduced risk, and prevented a lengthy approval process with defence.

Why Obtain DISP membership?

BENEFITS OF DISP MEMBERSHIP

Obtaining DISP Membership opens the doors to lucrative tenders and enhances internal company processes with relation to information security, risk management and cyber security. 

The implementation of DISP’s requirements is often complex. DISP Consulting Co can assist with all facets of DISP membership application for organizations of all sizes Australia wide.

We encourage prospective DISP members to contact our office for a complimentary initial consultation to determine their suitability for the Defence Industry Security Program

Improve Internal Compliance and Security Measures

Prepare for modern risks, comply with new standards, remain competitive.

Access New Markets

With global military spending almost doubling since 2000, and Oceania accounting for 27% of global expenditure, domestic and export defence markets are on the rise.

Mitigate risk abnd IMPROVE Company COMPLIANCE

Prepare for modern risks, comply with new standards, remain competitive.

Tender For Lucrative Defence Contracts

Access to Defence security services that will enable you to be ‘Defence-ready’ when delivering contracts and tenders.

Consultancy process

tried & tested

Our thorough, systematic processes for rapid and affordable implementation of the DISP’s requirements include clear objectives, fixed pricing, and predictable timelines. 

1

Determine Business Requirements

An obligation free consulting meeting to determine if DISP is suitable for your business needs.

2

Select DISP level

Determine the DISP levels required in the four DISP categories for your organization.

3

Determine Capability Gap

Our team audits your internal processes across governance, cyber, personnel and physical security.

4

Implement Changes

Our action plan will guide you in diminishing the capability gap and becoming compliant with the required memebership.

5

Apply for the defence industry security program

Prepare and lodge your application to DoD for approval.

DISP Membership Granted!

Receive personalized assistance from our dedicated support team to maintain your DISP membership.

DISP Consulting Co will assist you in establishing:

  • Policies
  • Processes
  • Plans

These will enable your company to meet the defence industry’s requirements for risk:

  • Identification
  • Assessment
  • Mitigation

Together, these capabilities make up the governance which drives businesses to build risk profiles, risk assessments, regular review and safeguarding of assets and information from internal and external stakeholders.

Why is Cyber Security important for DISP? Some stats from the ASBFEO Cyber Security Guide:

  • 22% of small businesses breached by the 2017 Ransomware attacks were so affected they could not continue operating.
  • 33% of businesses with fewer than 100 employees don’t take proactive measures against cyber security breaches.
  • 43% of all cybercrimes target SME's.

 

To mitigate cyber risks and protect classified data in servers, computers and cloud environments, DISP members are required to implement a minimum standard of cyber security.

The Defence Industry Security Office noted the following industry trends – some of which may apply to your company.

  • 40% of entities use application controls
  • 60% of entities use restricted administrative privileges
  • 80% of entities are patching operating systems
  • 62% of entities are patching applications

Informative - Depending on your DISP membership tier, classified materials and assets may be held on your premise. The physical security element of DISP aims to prevent unauthorized people from accessing such materials. It may include:

  • Site surveillance
  • Safeguarding
  • Zoning of office spaces
  • Alarms

For lower tier DISP clearance, many companies will find they are almost compliant as alarms, CCTV and access passes are becoming more commonplace.

As a potential contractor for the Aus DoD or private defence firms your company may deal with classified materials and information.

When a company gains membership, they are able to self-sponsor employees and contractors to a lower level of security clearance than held by them.

DISP Levels Explained

DISP PROJECT INCLUSIONS BY LEVEL

Entry Level DISP

Suited to most businesses

We have developed a fixed-price package designed to bring companies into compliance with Entry Level DISP in a short time-frame. 

Compliance with Entry Level will grant access to OFFICIAL: Sensitive information. 

Level 1 DISP

Additional Inclusions

Compliance with Level 1 DISP requires an expanded scope to meet the department’s additional requirements. 

Generally the time, complexity and risk factors of implementation are increased. 

Compliance with Level 1 will grant access to PROTECTED information. 

Level 2 DISP

Custom Package

Compliance with Level 2 DISP requires considerable expansion of project scope. Compliance with level 2 will grant access to SECRET information. 

The department has set high standards for Level 2 compliance across all four DISP categories. 

Level 2 is suited to organisations deeply embedded in the defence industry or working on highly classified projects.

Level 3 DISP

Custom Package

Compliance with Level 3 DISP requires significant expansion of project scope. Compliance with level 3 will grant access to TOP SECRET information.

The department has set the highest standards for Level 3 compliance across all four DISP categories.

Level 3 is suited to organisations involved in the most classified technologies, operations and defence works.

Why choose DISP Consulting Co

Specialist Defence Industry Security Program Consultants

Integrity

Objective consultants undertaking our obligation to your interests and objectives at every stage.

Focus

Laser-focused and goal oriented. Our nimble team will keep you on track.

Accountable

Fixed-price, predictable fees with clearly defined deliverables and timelines.

FAQ'S

DISP Common Questions Answered

Depending on the level of DISP membership you are seeking your implementation costs can vary greatly. 

It may be the case that your company is already compliant with the majority of requirements for a particular DISP level, or that significant work is required in some DISP categories but not in all four. 

The Gap Analysis conducted by our consultants will give you a clear indication of your current compliance and capability gaps. 

At that stage of the project your implementation costs will become clear.

Our consultancy has often saved tens of thousands in IT implementation costs, massively reduced risk, saved executives time, streamlined DISP applications, and prevented lengthy recommendations from  defence.

Though lodgement of DISP applications are free, consultancy has significant benefits too. 

All DISP consultancy pricing is custom to your company.

This is necessary as organisational risk factors can vary significantly.

DISP Co has standardized base costs for entry level DISP in line with the Department of Defence’s suggested estimate.

DISP Co assists clients Australia-Wide.

For Entry Level DISP a site visit is typically not required.

Organisations seeking DISP Level 1 may require site visits for DISP’s Physical Security element.

While Defence has not mandated the use of a DISP consultant, many companies seek out advisory services to streamline their DISP applications and minimize risk.

Benefits of a DISP consultant:

  • DISP implementation savings
  • Compliant DISP Documentation
  • CSO & SO Training
  • Assistance with DISP application lodgement

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