DON DIACAP Handbook Is Released

Published, July 21, 2008

The DON DoD Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP) Handbook provides a comprehensive guide for executing certification and accreditation (C&A) processes within the Department of the Navy.

The key to the DON implementation of DIACAP is explicit collaboration. The DON DIACAP Handbook details how key stakeholders (Program Managers, Information Assurance Managers, Command Information Officer representatives, C&A processes representatives, etc.) will be involved from the beginning of the DIACAP process. This promotes better communication, increases speed to capability, and results in a “no-surprises” C&A process.

Information assurance (IA) is key to providing secure, interoperable, net-centric information management and information technology across the DON enterprise. DIACAP is the mechanism for reviewing and validating IA controls implemented in systems and supporting enclaves. This provides the information required for Designated Accrediting Authorities (DAAs) to evaluate and manage risk across DON networks. The DON DIACAP Handbook details the transformed and more dynamic C&A process the DON is implementing.

The handbook was signed out by the DON DIACAP Working Group co-chairs – the Navy Operational DAA and the Marine Corps Enterprise Network DAA. It follows the release of the DON DIACAP Transition Guide in May 2008.

The DON is fully transitioning to DIACAP, as mandated by the release of DoD Instruction 8510.01 in November 2007. The DIACAP Handbook is the final DON-specific guide to assist organizations in implementing DIACAP. As necessary, the Navy and Marine Corps may issue service-unique implementation guidance for the DIACAP.