Marist College Partners with BlackRidge Technology to Launch New Cyber Security Initiative

Poughkeepsie, NY - May 5, 2015 – Marist College and BlackRidge Technology today announced a research partnership to develop advanced cybersecurity capabilities that provide an additional layer of protection for enterprises that compute ‘at scale’ such as the financial sector, exchanges, and private cloud providers. The capability to provide advanced cybersecurity research was developed in the New York State Cloud Computing and Analytics Center at Marist College. The research environment includes the Software Defined Networking (SDN) Interoperability Lab where BlackRidge will work in collaboration with 8 other major network systems providers.

As part of the joint research relationship, Marist tested and deployed the BlackRidge solution to protect the College’s internal network management devices. Due to the ease-of-use and the integration BlackRidge has with existing identity management systems, going from the proof-of-concept environment to deployment took less than a day. The next field trials will include setting up secured network spans that will protect the College’s Academic Community Cloud that leverages multiple IBM z Systems. Marist’s Academic Community Cloud provides secured shared services and learning analytics to a number of K-12 and higher education institutions. Additionally, Marist will provide assistance to BlackRidge in their initiative to develop advanced professional curriculum for cyber security field experts and practitioners.

“The data security standards for higher education are highly regulated and up until now, we have spent most of our time protecting the castle from anyone who would approach and try to kick down the door and access secured data. With the BlackRidge solution set, not only will we be able to stop intruders from using secured network segments, they will not be able to see the castle. No approach, no breach,” said Bill Thirsk, Vice President of Information Technology / CIO at Marist College. “The BlackRidge solution represents a new way to look at cybersecurity.”

BlackRidge Technology provides a fundamentally new way to protect against advanced and unknown threats, with its military grade First Packet Authentication technology that stops cyber-attacks and breaches by cloaking servers and segmenting networks from unauthorized users.

“We are pleased to have Marist College using BlackRidge to protect their network management systems,” said Bob Graham, CEO of BlackRidge Technology. “We look forward to our collaboration that includes further protecting the College’s shared services cloud on IBM z Systems and securing SDN controller communications and NFV deployments. Integrating our leading-edge cybersecurity solution with IBM z Systems, the most secure servers in the world, will give Marist the best of both worlds.”

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 1,400 adult and graduate students in 44 undergraduate majors and 12 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.

About BlackRidge Technology

BlackRidge Technology provides game changing, cyber and network security that was developed for the military to cloak and protect servers and segment networks. Our Transport Access Control authenticates identity and applies policy on the First Packet of network sessions. &This provides a new and additive level of real-time security protection that blocks or redirects unauthorized and unidentified traffic to stop known and unknown cyber-attacks, and provides policy-based network segmentation and access control to applications and services. BlackRidge Technology was founded in 2010 to commercialize its military grade and patented identity-based network security technology. For more information, visit