Move from DIACAP to RMF without expensive re-work and costly delays

More than ever before, government and industry are reliant upon increasingly complex technology to operate and maintain business processes while also achieving strategic objectives. For example, the explosive growth of “smart” devices and the cloud, while presenting highly attractive cost savings and productivity gains, also introduces potential vulnerabilities and increased risk. Well-executed cybersecurity can minimize these risks significantly; DSD is on the forefront of creating and applying advanced cybersecurity engineering to combat those threats.


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DSD Talent Space

DSD’s targeted approach to cybersecurity overcomes shortfalls in traditional and agile development methodologies that typically leave security to be addressed too late in the development cycle which drives costly re-work, schedule slips and risks producing capabilities without the proper safeguards of mission data. As depicted in Figure 1, DSD integrates cybersecurity into software development models to provide a holistic model that designs for cybersecurity and proactively reduces operational risks. Through this integrated, innovative, and proven methodology, DSD:

  • Captures the protective needs of an organization through the detection and evaluation of threats, vulnerabilities and potential impacts to operations
  • Analyzes risk trade offs through the assessment of costs and benefits of protective measures
  • Designs, builds, tests and maintains protective measures to address vulnerabilities and threats
  • Develops ongoing security risk management processes to provide persistent risk management
  • Utilizes DSD experience working one-on-one with all levels of the approval process, from senior leaders, to program managers, to programmers and developers

Cybersecurity V-Model

DSD’s multidisciplinary security engineers have extensive cybersecurity backgrounds making them well-equipped to perform a wide range of cybersecurity engineering tasks such as business process threat and risk analysis, requirements elicitation, security architecture, threat and vulnerability assessments, computer and communication security, networking, security technology assessments, development, test and evaluation, and penetration testing.

DSD pioneered many of the DoD and AF requested Risk Management Framework (RMF) pathfinders used to benchmark and test the plans to move from the DoD Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP) to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) based RMF – essentially building the RMF program from the ground up. Additionally, DSD has extensive knowledge and experience performing RMF activities for hundreds of federal systems in other agencies including US Coast Guard, USDA, Department of Interior, Veterans Affairs, and Department of Treasury. With DSD’s approach and expertise, our personnel provide:

  • Tools, techniques, training, and procedures to identify, analyze and quantify vulnerabilities
  • Risk based decision models tailored to an organization’s risk tolerance that drive the smart application of security resources
  • Risk scorecards that communicate risk levels for each security objective

Sound security engineering recognizes that the security features one organization requires may not adequately secure another organization; DSD’s tailored approach enables organizations to focus and prioritize valuable security activities, and to:

  • Reduce operational vulnerabilities through business reengineering to your cyber workforce
  • Avoid costly re-work and schedule delays due to last minute security findings
  • Develop resilient, penetration-resistant, and trustworthy systems

This rich comprehensive suite of offerings – from tailored methodologies to practical, reusable tools and templates – is why DSD has 87% repeat customers.

Key Differentiators

  • Security +
  • OSCP
  • CAP
  • MCSE +S
  • MCSA +S

Past Performance


DSD provided a full suite of management consulting and Information Technology (IT) services to include cybersecurity engineering, Risk Management Framework transition planning, collaborating with NIST and DoD cybersecurity experts and assessing critical systems to the AF logistics operations.

Leader in RMF transition
DSD is the first and only team to pilot the shift to RMF for the entire AF, resulting in the first risk based Assessment and Authorization (A&A) program in the DoD, and providing a model for A4, the AF, and DoD.

Assessment Expertise
Evaluated and recommended security improvements and coordinated approvals for 20 major A4 systems, preventing shut-down directives which would severely impact operations and deny access to thousands of AF users.

Engineering Expertise
Worked side by side with systems engineering to identify protective needs, develop technical designs, implement and integrate cybersecurity into a mission critical logistics system.

HQ AF/A4 Integration,
Logistics Management and Mission Support
# GS-10F-0319K
NAICS / PSC: 541611 / R408
Contact: Mr. Jeff Hotmar

DSD assessed hundreds of AF systems under DIACAP utilizing a highly qualified staff with extensive experience in security analysis, security engineering, and certification and accreditation (C&A). DSD provided expertise in the ongoing transition to the Risk Management Framework (RMF), applying extensive experience performing over 700 RMF assessments.

AFLCMC/HNIZ Cybersecurity Assurance Support
Contact: Mr. Jeff Hotmar

USDADSD provided the full range of Information Assurance/Cybersecurity support services, including IT C&A, independent verification and validation, systems integration, and network engineering; this enabled the accurate identification and verification of 1326 different security controls. Throughout this effort, DSD maintained exceptional quality in NIST 800-53 testing and documentation.

Security Services for HRSS
# AG3142B070008
NAICS / PSC: 541511 / D310
Contact: Mr. Jeff Hotmar