Time: August 12, 2018
US-based Parsons has launched an integrated portfolio of technologies and services providing critical infrastructure resilience to cyber and physical threats.
Parsons is a digitally enabled solutions provider and a global leader in many diversified markets with a focus on security, defense, and infrastructure.
Domain6 is the world’s first fully converged solution to thwart attacks on operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) environments, said a statement from Parsons.
Technologies within the Domain6 portfolio have been deployed and proven in Parsons’ customer operations, including US government intelligence and defence agencies, as well as commercial customer facilities, it said.
Carey Smith, president of Parsons’ federal business unit, said: “Domain6 is a technology-enabled capability derived from three strategic pillars, our company’s decades of experience in designing and building OT environments, our investment in R&D, and acquisitions of some of the world’s leading cyber and physical security companies.”
“The core value in Domain6 extends far beyond the dangerously narrow model of IT-centric, bolt-on software. Our customers in the intelligence and military communities have long demanded a converged OT-IT infrastructure security solution, with a focus on the escalating threat to industrial control systems. Domain6 was created largely through this experience,” he added.
Parsons has over a half century of experience in designing, building, and protecting critical infrastructure for customers in transportation, energy, manufacturing, water, chemical, and other sectors, as well as for US military and intelligence agencies.
In 2014, Parsons was selected by the Maryland Procurement Office (MPO) to provide comprehensive cyber-physical infrastructure protection consulting services at the customer’s locations where continuity of operations is vital.
In 2017, the MPO Industrial Controls System (ICS) Modernization Program was recognised by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) with the award of the best programme of the year for the Intelligence Community. Parsons’ cyber-physical infrastructure protection services were a fundamental part of the design, and implementation of the program.
The Domain6 portfolio was architected with a foundation closely aligned to the National Institute of Standards and Technologies cybersecurity framework—identify, protect, detect, respond, recover—with numerous proprietary Parsons technologies embedded in the framework.
The company’s Camelot technology, for example, is a unique defensive cyber operations toolkit that forms the basis for prioritizing threats based on advanced data analytics. Camelot is a Parsons innovation derived from classified cybersecurity operations conducted for military customers.
In June, Parsons released a survey of ICS engineers within fifteen critical infrastructure sectors. Among the findings, the survey noted that nearly 80 per cent of ICS engineers, responsible for integrating network-connected industrial internet of things IIoT devices, are not highly involved in cybersecurity planning and implementation.
Smith added: “Domain6 is a technology platform that we believe will revolutionise how critical infrastructure owners and operators meet cyber-physical threats and manage risk.”
“Our message for the cybersecurity market is simple: Parsons has more experience designing, building, and protecting infrastructure than any other company in the world,” he said.
“The OT environment, where literally billions of connected, hackable industrial internet of things devices will be added in the coming years, demands this experience,” he concluded.