The National Security Cyber Assistance Program-2

The National Security Cyber Assistance Program (NSCAP) explores viable approaches to defend against current cyber threats inherent within the cyber domain.



The growing sophistication and number of cyber attacks necessitate and equally vigorous and rapid response. In exploring available approaches, the NSA developed a strategy to leverage the cyber security expertise of industry.

This innovative strategic initiative is called the National Security Cyber Assistance Program or NSCAP.

NSCAP is designed to identify companies qualified to provide rapid, on-site vulnerability assessment and incident response support services, using highly skilled and qualified staff to execute thoroughly documented and repeatable processes and procedures.

NSCAP Strategic Objectives:

  • Address cyber defense concerns across government
  • Leveraging industry expertise
  • Develop a list of accredited cyber service providers
  • Promote public-private collaboration

Accredited NSCAP Providers: Government Community Customers:
  • Undergo a thorough review of their ability to deliver focused areas of cyber services derived from industry best practices.
  • Deliver consistent services using repeatable processes/procedures.
  • Assign highly skilled and qualified staff to follow approved processes and procedures to deliver state-of-the-art services
  • Improve quality of delivered services through training, lessons learned and shared situational awareness.
  • Use of NSCAP accredited providers instills confidence that highly capable resources are available when needed.
  • Establish agreements with accredited providers fosters rapid engagement while minimizing response time and incident impact.
  • Accredited providers augment existing IR and VA resources with specialized capabilities and tools as part of a comprehensive IA risk management program.
  • Receive state-of-the-art cyber security services.

NSCAP Accreditations

Cyber Incident Response Assistance (CIRA)
Vulnerability Assessment Services (VAS)

NSCAP Accredited Company list

How to Apply

NSCAP Application Portal (NAP)

CIRA Accreditation Documents

NSCAP CIRA Accreditation Instruction Manual 
NSCAP CIRA Evaluation Scoresheet

VAS Accreditation Documents

NSCAP VAS Accreditation Instruction Manual

NSCAP Program Documents

Does Your Company Have What It Takes To Get Accredited?
How To Apply For NSCAP Accreditation Using the Accreditation Portal
CIRA Accreditation Brief (Industry Forum Day slides)
How NSCAP Accreditation Benefits Service Providers and NSS Owners/Operators
National Security Cyber Assistance Program (Printable Brochure)
NSCAP Frequently Asked Questions
Critical Focus Areas of CIRA
Journal of Information Warfare Article (pg 49 of 111)
NSCAP Accreditation Portal User's Guide

Contact Information

Last Reviewed: 29 September 2015