Marist Students Win at IBM TechConnect 2016
Marist Students Excel in Early Tenure, Best Solutions Category
Marist students Michelle Crawley, Marcos Barbieri, Vallie Joseph, and Mariah Molenaer are shown (left to right) with their winning project in the Early Tenure, Best of Solutions category at IBM 2016 TechConnect. The title of their project is "CyberSecurity and Threat Intelligence for zSystems and Cloud Networks". (Marist student Piradon (Tien) Liengtiraphan was part of the team but was not available for the picture.) Working under the guidance of Prof. Casimer DeCusatis the students set up a highly secure network between Marist, IBM, and other industry partners, in collaboration with BlackRidge Technologies. This approach authenticates and manages network identities, and enforces security policy on the first network packet, before a network session is even established.
A second team of five Marist students from the School of Computer Science and Mathematics presented their CyberSecurity project "Security Awareness, Education, and Proactive Protection Using Identity-Aware Networking" in the Early Tenure category of IBM's 2016 TechConnect event. The team worked under the guidance of several Marist faculty including Robert Cannistra (pictured on left) and collaborated with BlackRidge Technology and IBM (IBM/Marist Joint Studies Program Manager Greg Lacey is pictured on the right). The students are Jimmy Crowley, Dan Jast, and Liam Harwood (standing from left to right) and Graham Burek and Brittany Ross (kneeling in front). Student Rachel Ulicni also contributed on the project but was not available for the picture.
The project is based on BlackRidge technology which uses trusted hosts and protected resources to proactively protect the data that exists on those resources (e.g. clients, servers, a network segment, subnet or even a specific service). Trusted hosts are statically or dynamically added on a BlackRidge gateway using an identity that is either dynamically or statically defined based upon predefined criteria. Once configured, the trusted host can access the specified resources based on the trusted host group. However, those resources are invisible to an attacker using malicious software.
Marist College Student presents at the NYIT Annual Cybersecurity Conference
Working under the guidance of Marist faculty, Robert Cannistra and Dr. Casimer DeCusatis, a team of Marist students set up an innovative and highly secure network between Marist, IBM, and other industry partners, in collaboration with BlackRidge Technologies. The approach they used authenticates and manages network identities, and enforces security policy on the first network packet, before a network session is even established. The title of their project is "Zero Trust Networks Using First Packet Authentication and Transport Layer Access Control". Marist student, Tien Liengtiraphan, presented the team's work at the 2016 NYIT Cybersecurity Conference hosted by the NYIT School of Engineering and Computer Sciences. The project took fourth place in the student competition. Tien is pictured (on the left) along with BlackRidge Sr. VP of Engineering and CTO of Commercial Markets, Tony Sager.
This work is supported by the National Science Foundation "SecureCloud" grant on Cloud Computing, Data, Networking, and Innovation (CC-DNI, 15-534). Prof. DeCusatis is the Principal Investigator (PI) on the grant. Co-PIs are Marist faculty, Robert Cannistra, Alan Labouseur, and Marist CIO Bill Thirsk. Department Chair Matthew Johnson is key personnel on the project.