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Parsons' Federal Cyber team participated at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Software Defined Radio (SDR) Hackfest to Explore Cyber-Physical Intersection of SDR and Drone Technology on November 13 – 17, 2017, in NASA Ames, Moffett Field, CA. Parsons was one of only eight teams in the United States selected to compete. The team's challenge was to communicate and control a drone at extended distances by transferring data through one drone to another. Each team was provided with a 3DR Solo drone that includes an integrated SDR and a Raspberry Pi 3. Parsons successfully used the SDR and Raspberry Pi to establish reliable communication links using open source tools, including GNU Radio and MAVLink. With this communication channel, the...
Over the past month, we have hosted several Capture the Flag (CTF) competitions - two at our office in Columbia and two remote competitions at area schools and universities. At these events, participants faced questions from reverse engineering a program, to steganography, network forensics, and more! Students from the University of Maryland ACES program joined us in our office for the third annual ACES Fall CTF. They not only got to participate in the competition, but they also got to see our office and meet more Parsons Cyber employees. Several Parsons Software Engineers went to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) to host a CTF for the school's Cyber Defense Club - The Cyber Dawgs. The club turned out...
The University of Maryland's Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students (ACES) program recently invited Parsons Cyber to attend the Honors College Citation Ceremony and post-ceremony reception. This ceremony marks the completion of a student's Living-Learning Program with a qualifying academic record. Many Parsons Cyber interns were recognized for their achievement. Executive Director of the Honors College, Dr. Susan Dwyer, officiated the event with opening and closing remarks, charging the students to continue their success in and out of school. Parsons Cyber partners with UMD and the ACES program to promote the development of students within the fields of software engineering and cybersecurity.
Parsons Cyber presented at the weekly Cyber Practicum held at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) for students in the Cyber Scholars program. The talk focused on digital implants and their role in both defensive and offensive cyber operations. Students were engaged throughout the discussion and offered their unique ideas on topics ranging from the Black Energy malware that targeted Ukraine to the WannaCry ransomware outbreak. The UMBC Cyber Scholars Program is run in partnership with the UMBC Center for Women in Technology with the goal of preparing the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. Parsons Cyber is committed to supporting future cybersecurity professionals through programs such as these.
Our team at Parsons Cyber places a heavy focus on team work, so we are always organizing new and exciting team building events. For our latest event, we went to the TopGolf in Sterling, VA! If you are unfamiliar with the game of TopGolf, the goal is to hit golf balls at targets on a large field. The closer you can hit the RFID-tracked golf ball to a target, and the further away the target is, the more points you get! We split our team into two groups and competed against each other to get the highest score, which we are now tracking on our Team High-Score Board in the office. We can’t wait for the next team building event...