Parsons launches critical infrastructure cybersecurity system

US consultancy Parsons has created a converged security system to manage physical and digital attacks on critical infrastructure

Parsons is involved in major GCC projects, including Saudi's Qiddiya entertainment city.
Parsons is involved in major GCC projects, including Saudi's Qiddiya entertainment city.

US consultancy Parsons has launched a cyber security software called Domain6 to protect critical infrastructure from digital and physical attacks.

Domain6 is a portfolio of technological security services tried and tested on projects for US government intelligence and defence agencies, Parsons said.

President of Parsons’ federal business unit, Carey Smith, said Domain6 is far more than the "dangerously narrow model of IT-centric, bolt-on software" and is a converged security solution spanning software and hardware.

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It is a technology platform that Parsons claimed would "revolutionise" how critical infrastructure owners and operators manage risks caused by both cyber and physical threats. 

The company said it was the world's first solution that could thwart attacks on both operational technology (OT) – software and hardware – and IT systems. 

As physical devices in the world become 'smarter' the security industry has seen a shift towards IT and OT convergence. And this is exactly what Parsons' Domain6 system is.

"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," said Smith. "Domain6 was created largely through this experience."

She added: "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."

To develop a security system it believes can protect critical infrastructure and meet the standards of the US government, Parsons has actively acquired companies to bolster its cyber and physical security assets.

In May 2018, it acquired artificial intelligence and machine learning for critical infrastructure cybersecurity firm, Polaris Alpha. Last year it acquired Williams Electric Company to boost its OT capabilities.

These takeovers were backed up by acquisitions of Secure Mission Solutions in 2014 and Sparta in 2011.

Parsons is involved in a number of prestigious projects in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia's Riyadh Metro and the kingdom's 334km2 Qiddiya entertainment city.  Its portfolio of work in the UAE includes Sharjah International Airport’s expansion; the Abu Dhabi International Airport Expansion project; Dubai Municipality’s $3.26bn (AED12bn) Deep Tunnel Sewerage System; and Emaar’s Dubai Creek Tower.

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