Parsons Corporation | December 17, 2020
Parsons Corporation (NYSE: PSN) has been awarded another, competitive assignment request worth roughly $20 million under the organization's Global Application Research, Development, Engineering, and Maintenance (GARDEM) inconclusive conveyance/uncertain amount (IDIQ) contract with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).
The three-year agreement will uphold operationally engaged innovative work exercises for the U.S. Aviation based armed forces, Department of Defense, and Intelligence Community. This undertaking request is the fourth competitive offer Parsons has won on the GARDEM contract since 2019, adding up to $154 million.
"We're excited to continue partnering with the AFRL on discovering, developing and delivering innovative warfighting technologies that empower operations across the all-domain battlespace," said Hector Cuevas, executive vice president and general manager of Parsons' missile defense and C5ISR market. "Parsons' 20-year history of developing integrated, rapid, mission-ready software tools will provide fast, tailorable solutions to the end-user regardless of mission location."
Parsons will get equipment and programming, perform scientific examinations, framework practicality considers, framework plan, quick prototyping, programming improvement, and utilitarian test and assessment investigations. The organization's spry mentality, tradition of execution, and operational experience creating adaptable, tough programming frameworks will supplement AFRL's current programming and take into account resulting reuse and development.
About Parsons Corporation
Parsons (NYSE: PSN) is a leading disruptive technology provider in the global defense, intelligence, and critical infrastructure markets, with capabilities across cybersecurity, missile defense, space, connected infrastructure, and smart cities.
MSPAlliance | March 23, 2022
In conjunction with MSPWorld 2022, the International Association of Cloud & Managed Service Providers (MSPAlliance) announced a new program designed to address the cybersecurity talent shortage facing the managed services profession. Featuring a partnership with Boise State University and Stellar Cyber, the program has an overall goal of creating Managed Service Provider (MSP)-specific business, technical, and cybersecurity training, along with job placement tools. The program will be launched in the coming months and will begin producing viable MSP security candidates for hire within the year.
This program will leverage existing cyber and general educational capabilities of organizations such as Boise State, combined with cybersecurity-specific training of students on actual technology tools used by MSPs, such as Stellar Cyber's Open XDR platform. Further, MSPAlliance will be contributing MSP-specific business and operational content to make the students highly attractive to MSPs looking to fill positions.
We have known for a long time that MSPs were facing difficulty in identifying, hiring, and training employees who had necessary skills. Through this partnership with Stellar Cyber and Boise State, we are taking the first steps to solving this problem and bringing much-needed help to the MSP profession."
Celia Weaver, president and co-founder of MSPAlliance
While many cybersecurity training programs do exist, they fall short of the specific needs of the global MSP profession in several areas. First, the candidates graduating from a vast number of traditional computer science programs are not being trained on current technologies used by MSPs. Second, the graduates do not possess the specific knowledge necessary to make them relevant to MSPs. Third, the graduates do not have relevant work experience, also needed to improve their utility to the MSP profession. This program will address all three of these issues.
Boise State, a leader in cybersecurity education, will accelerate real-world training for new students as well as MSP analysts who want to upgrade their skillsets to offer Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) services. Boise State's new Cyberdome leverages Stellar Cyber's Open XDR platform in the University's in-house MSSP service, which provides enterprise-class security to rural schools and communities throughout Idaho while significantly enhancing students' cybersecurity skills in a real-world environment.
"At Boise State, we built this program to become a competency hub for new students as well as working analysts looking to broaden their skills to work effectively in a cybersecurity provider environment," said Edward Vasko, CISSP and director of the Boise State Institute for Pervasive Cybersecurity. "With this announcement, the MSP industry now has a partner inside the education community that believes in the mission we're trying to accomplish."
"We are excited to help solve one of cybersecurity's biggest business problems—talent shortage," said Mark Porter, President and CEO at High Wire Networks, a Stellar Cyber Master MSSP Partner. "With our human capital management expertise and SOC services, we can help build a pipeline of security analysts who will help the MSP community reach their customers more effectively and efficiently."
Stellar Cyber's Open XDR platform provides the cybersecurity technology that underpins the Cyberdome program. Thanks to its ease-of-use and comprehensive, "everything detection and response" functionality and AI-driven analytics, the platform quickly prepares Boise State students for careers in cybersecurity.
"This is great news for MSPs who want to add security services to their offerings but can't find any analysts to deliver it," said Brian Stoner, vice president of MSSP at Stellar Cyber. "Our Open XDR platform is ideal for MSPs who want to capitalize on the hot market for cybersecurity services, and Boise State's Cyberdome program has the potential of enabling security analysts to meet our industry partner demand."
MSPAlliance is a global industry association and accrediting body for the Cyber Security, Cloud Computing, and Managed Services Provider (MSP) industry. Established in 2000 to help MSPs become better MSPs. Today, MSPAlliance works with cloud computing and managed service provider corporate members worldwide in a collaborative effort to assist its members, along with foreign and domestic governments, on creating standards, setting policies, and establishing best practices.
About Boise State University's Institute for Pervasive Cybersecurity
Boise State University's Institute for Pervasive Cybersecurity is a leader of innovative cybersecurity research and advancement in Idaho and the region. The Institute welcomes and facilitates strategic partnerships with industry, higher education, business, and government to improve cybersecurity for Idaho and the nation. The Institute also works to commercialize ground-breaking research and tools, and educate graduates to become the change-makers and forward-thinkers of the 21st century.
About Stellar Cyber
The Stellar Cyber Open XDR platform delivers Everything Detection and Response by ingesting data from all tools, automatically correlating alerts into incidents across the entire attack surface, delivering fewer and higher-fidelity incidents, and responding to threats automatically through AI and machine learning. The Stellar Cyber XDR Kill Chain, fully compatible with the MITRE ATT&CK framework, is designed to characterize every aspect of modern attacks while remaining intuitive to understand. This reduces enterprise risk through early and precise identification and remediation of all attack activities while slashing costs, retaining investments in existing tools and accelerating analyst productivity. Typically, Stellar Cyber delivers an 8x improvement in MTTD and a 20x improvement in MTTR. The company is based in Silicon Valley.
American Society for Quality | March 07, 2022
The ASQ Government Division conferred its Silver Level Award to the Clerk's Office of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington D.C., for the efficiency and effectiveness of its operations. The award certifies that the Clerk's Office was assessed under the ASQ/ANSI G1:2021 Guidelines for Evaluating the Quality of Government Operations and Services. This certification reflects the systematic use of the standard's system and process maturity models to improve the services of the court over a two-year period.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is the first government organization to seek and attain award-level validation and certification of the maturity of their key operational processes and systems under the G1 standard.
This award highlights excellence in government operations resulting from a combination of important factors, including developing and maintaining a best practice operational plan, developing metrics that accurately assess the effectiveness and efficiency of processes at each point of delivery, and uniting its front line workers in an ongoing process of finding and resolving issues before they can become problems. It takes the highest level of management skill, and the studied application of the proven principles of quality science to achieve this kind of excellence."
Richard Mallory, chair of the ASQ Center for Quality Standards in Government
The examiner report noted significant operational improvements over that two-year period, including:
A 49% average reduction in internal case processing times and
A 58% average reduction in the time in the assignment of cases to panels during FY 2021.
ASQ/ANSI G1:2021 provides the uniform, objective standard by which government entities can develop and confirm the level of sustainable quality of their operations and services. It provides a concise framework for elected and appointed leaders, government entity staff and their constituents to know the objective level of maturity of the systems and underlying processes used in the operations and services delivered by the entity. Government entities that utilize the Guidelines will have the missing link for implementing quality by supporting quality disciplines like Lean Six Sigma and alignment with fundamental best practice management techniques, like the Baldrige Excellence Framework.
The examination further validated the Clerk's Office's systematic approach over the past five years to redesign its processes, adopt proven quality-based methods to evaluate and enhance the quality of operations and services, and to develop a staff culture focused on delivering quality services to the court's judges, members of the bar, litigants, and the public.
The Clerk's Office of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is led by Peter R. Marksteiner, Circuit Executive and Clerk of Court, with daily operational responsibility and implementation of the office's quality management systems managed by Jarrett B. Perlow, Chief Deputy Clerk. This award is the result of the collective efforts of all Clerk's Office staff over several years. The office's examination preparation team was led by Patrick Chesnut, James Alvino, and Jason Woolley.
The ASQ Government Division is part of ASQ, a global membership association for quality professionals. The Government Division has more than 1,200 quality and performance improvement professionals from all areas of government, dedicated to its mission to find, develop, and support quality and performance improvement champions in government.
Mr. Perlow, the principal architect behind the Clerk's Office's achievement, will be presenting on the Clerk's Office's journey at the World Conference on Quality and Improvement hosted by ASQ in May 2022.
ASQ is the leading membership association to help quality professionals achieve their career goals and drive excellence through quality in their organizations and industries.
ASQ provides expertise, knowledge, networks, and solutions to a global membership of over 55,000 individuals spanning more than 130 countries. ASQ was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., USA.