Marist Initiative, LongTail SSH Honeypot, Accepted As Part of IEEE Try-CybSI Project

Contact: Bill Thirsk
Title: Vice President of Information Technology/CIO
Organization: Marist College
Phone: 845-575-3475

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY (May 18, 2016) – The Marist supported initiative, LongTail SSH Honeypot, has been accepted as a part of the curated IEEE Try-CyberSecurity (Try-CybSI) project.  LongTail is one of eleven cybersecurity containers to be accepted by the IEEE Try-CybSI project. IEEE Logo

LongTail, a research project which began at Marist College in 2014 by Eric Wedaa, Senior Systems Administrator, analyzes SSH brute force attacks to try and find coordination between the attacks and different IP addresses.  LongTail is a combination of honeypots, analytics software, and visualization that analyzes these attacks and statistically quantifies them based on the IP address, account, password, and account/password pairs used during the attack.  It is the first program of its kind to analyze these attack patterns for commonality and number of times used in order to show that disparate IP addresses are part of the same botnet.  The LongTail project is a direct research venture from the College’s long-standing Joint Studies program at Marist.  It is also supported by the School of Computer Science and Mathematics’ advanced research in cybersecurity.

"Cybersecurity is increasingly becoming a subject of interest, not only with technologists but also with corporate executives and boards," said Bill Thirsk, Vice President of Information Technology/CIO at Marist College.  "The type of research the LongTail project provides goes a long way in helping us to better understand cyber kinetics and educating non-technical leaders of the threats that exist in the world."

The IEEE cybersecurity project, Try-CybSI, aims to provide practical cybersecurity learning through access to fundamental security concepts, software design flaws, and various exploits.  The introduction of Try-CybSI is part of the IEEE Cybersecurity Initiative’s mission to develop tools and data to accelerate innovation in security and privacy technology, and establish guidance to build secure code for software applications.  At its current stage, the focus of the Try-CybSI project is to provide interactive experiments to fully illustrate secure design principles to cybersecurity professionals.

"IEEE cybersecurity initiative is pleased to include the LongTail project as a part of the Try-CybSI project," said Justin Yang, Associate Professor at the Department of Computer and Information Technology at Purdue University, IEEE Member and lead for the IEEE Try-CybSI project. "LongTail provides a unique and valuable example of the cybersecurity and cyber-defense tools that have been made available through the Try-CybSI project and their importance within the information security environment that exists today."

About Marist

Marist College, recognized for excellence by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Barron's Best Buys in College Education, and Entrepreneur, is a highly selective, comprehensive, liberal arts institution noted for its leadership in the use of technology in and out of the classroom.  Founded in 1929, Marist overlooks the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, New York, midway between New York City and Albany, the state capital.  Marist is ecumenical in character and reflects the ideals of the founder of the Marist Brothers, St. Marcellin Champagnat: commitment to excellence in education, a pursuit of higher human values, and dedication to the principle of service.  Marist is dedicated to helping students develop the intellect and character required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century.  Marist educates 4,700 traditional-age undergraduate students and over 1,300 adult and graduate students in 46 undergraduate majors and 13 graduate programs, including fully online MBA, MPA, MS, and MA degrees.  In partnership with Istituto Lorenzo de' Medici, Marist also educates over 500 students annually at the College’s branch campus located in Florence, Italy.

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