BlackRidge Technology and Marist College Present Cloud Security Advancements at IEEE SmartCloud 2016

Team will present “Implementing Zero Trust Cloud Networks with Transport Access Control and First Packet Authentication” November 19 at Columbia University in NYC.

Reno, NV – November 14, 2016 - BlackRidge Technology and Marist College are  pleased to announce they are presenting at the IEEE SmartCloud 2016 Conference on Novermber 19, 2016 at Columbia University in NYC. The IEEE SmartCloud 2016 presents recent academic achievements and new developments in cloud computing including novel techniques to provide enhanced security in both enterprise computing and cloud environments.

“We are honored to be presenting advancements in cyber security for cloud and software defined networks (SDN) with Marist College,” said Tony Sager, SVP Engineering and CTO Commercial Markets BlackRidge Technology. “In this IEEE paper, we describe an approach which enables zero trust networks by providing first-packet based authentication, and demonstrate the use of this approach in defending an SDN controller from cyberattacks.”

The paper written by Sager and Mark Pinelli of BlackRidge Technology and Dr. Casimer DeCusatis, Professor Computer Science & Mathmatics Department and Piradon Liengtiraphan of Marist College, addresses an architectural redesign of the data center network, based on the principles of an explicit zero trust network, to combat the growing cybersecurity threat.

“Our partnership with BlackRidge Technology has lead to significant advancements in the field of cyber defense,” said Dr. DeCusatis  “We are pleased to be presenting with BlackRidge Technology an IEEE paper on zero trust network security architecture that incorporates a dynamic, automated security policy which extends across conventional security boundaries but still provides fine granularity segmentation and isolation of critical resources.”

BlackRidge provides identity-based cyber defense that stops cyber-attacks and protects against insider threats at the earliest possible time, on the first packet before network sessions are established. This provides the equivalent of secure caller ID for the network that allows only identified and authorized users or devices access to enterprise and cloud systems.

The IEEE SmartCloud conference which will be held November 18-20, 2016 at the Shapiro Center at Columbia University in NYC, is open to the public.

About BlackRidge Technology
BlackRidge Technology provides identity-based cyber defense and network security that stops cyber-attacks and protects against insider threats. Our First Packet Authentication™ technology was developed for the military to cloak and protect servers and segment networks. BlackRidge Transport Access Control authenticates user and device identity and applies policy on the first packet of network sessions. This new level of real-time protection blocks or redirects unauthorized and unidentified traffic to stop known and unknown cyber-attacks, protects against insider and third party threats, and provides identity attribution. BlackRidge Technology was founded in 2010 to commercialize its military grade and patented identity-based network security technology. For more information, visit

About Marist College
Marist College, recognized for excellence by U.S. News & World Report, Time, and "The Princeton Review," and by "Barron's Best Buys in College Education," is noted for its leadership in the use of technology to enhance the teaching and learning process. Founded in 1929, Marist's 210-acre campus overlooks the Hudson River in the heart of the historic Hudson Valley, midway between New York City and Albany, the state capital. What started as a school for the training of future Marist Brothers has developed into one of the leading colleges of the arts and sciences in the nation. 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, character, and skills required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century.

About IEEE SmartCloud 2016
IEEE SmartCloud 2016 aims to collect recent academic achievements in novel techniques, developments, empirical studies, and new developments in cloud computing. Innovative technical applications in clouds are highly encouraged. The objective of IEEE SmartCloud 2016 is to provide a forum for scientists, engineers, and researchers to discuss and exchange their new ideas, novel results, work in progress and experience on all aspects of smart computing and cloud computing. Learn more at