Pacific Aerospace Consulting launches new services for defence sector

06 July 2023 3 min. read

Pacific Aerospace Consulting has launched two new offerings aimed at Australian businesses working in the defence sector.

A veteran-owned consultancy headquartered in Australia and the United States, Pacific Aerospace Consulting helps clients in the aerospace and defence sectors with a range of consulting, operations, technology and training services.

Adding to its offerings in the defence sector, the firm now also helps Australian businesses with attaining necessary certifications for working in the US Department of Defence supply chain, and with helping suppliers to Australia’s defence sector meet supplier requirements and security compliance.

Pacific Aerospace Consulting launches new services for defence sector

The prior offering recognises the need for trans-pacific security compliance in the AUKUS era, said Lee de Winton, CEO of Pacific Aerospace Consulting in Australia.

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is an initiative designed to help protect the data shared within the US’s Defense Industrial Base and the contract information essential for National Defense. Its primary objective is to verify the safeguards and practices that ensure basic cyber hygiene and the protection of controlled unclassified information.

Pacific Aerospace Consulting is the only Australia-based company endorsed by the CMMC accreditation body, Cyber-AB, as a Registered Practitioner Organisation (RPO) with RPA-qualified personnel and the first company to offer both CMMC services and Information Security Registered Assessor Program (IRAP) assessments.

“We know the industry’s ongoing need to understand Australian and US cyber security accreditation requirements will be essential. This will be enhanced further, with the expected compliance due to AUKUS information sharing requirements. Many SMEs may find it challenging to decipher IRAP and CMMC requirements, so we wanted to be sure we were ready to help,” said De Winton.

Meanwhile, the Defence Industry Security Program (DISP) Membership Accreditation Support offering is focused on enabling businesses to enter the defence sector.

Managed by the Defence Industry Security Office (DISO), the DISP is designed to assist Australian businesses in understanding and meeting their security obligations when engaging in defence projects, contracts, and tenders. It gives security advice and support services access, helps better understand and manage security risks across businesses, and provides confidence and assurance to Defence and other government entities (Australian or foreign) when procuring goods and services.

As a Level 3 DISP member, Pacific Aerospace Consulting now helps businesses in obtaining DISP membership efficiently and accurately. The firm’s consultants can help organisations determine the appropriate membership level, develop the policy and workplace implementations, delivering compliance across all four security categories at the required levels.

“In our work with clients, we recognise the intricate nature of Defence supplier requirements and the challenges they pose for companies seeking to enter the defence Industry,” said Kate Bevan, Head of Business Operations. “To overcome these barriers, our team leverages extensive expertise in all security aspects, encompassing personnel, physical, governance, and cyber.”