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Parsons unveils Domain6 suite for critical infrastructure protection

Firm has acquired several cyber and physical security companies in recent years, as part of its critical infrastructure protection strategy

Parsons has announced Domain6, an integrated portfolio of technologies and services designed to provide critical infrastructure protection against cyber and physical threats. The suite is said to be the world’s first fully converged solution to prevent attacks on operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) environments.

According to a statement from Parsons, technologies within the suite have been deployed and proven in its customer environments, including US government intelligence and defense agencies, as well as commercial customer facilities.

“Domain6 is a technology-enabled capability derived from three strategic pillars, Parsons’ 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. Parsons’ 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,” said Carey Smith, president of Parsons’ Federal business unit.

The suite is said to have been built and is aligned to the National Institute of Standards and Technologies cybersecurity framework—identify, protect, detect, respond, recover. It is said to include several proprietary Parsons technologies in its framework, including its Camelot technology. The firm says the technology is a unique defensive cyber operations toolkit that forms the basis for prioritising threats based on advanced data analytics.

Earlier this year, Parsons released a survey it conducted of ICS engineers within fifteen critical infrastructure sectors. The survey found that nearly 80% of ICS engineers, responsible for integrating network-connected industrial internet of things IIoT devices, are not highly involved in cybersecurity planning and implementation.

“Domain6 is a technology platform that Parsons believes 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. The OT environment, where literally billions of connected, hackable industrial internet of things devices will be added in the coming years, demands this experience,” Smith added.

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