Tuesday, August 18, 2015

2015 Snort Scholarship Winners!

Columbia, MD – August 18, 2015 – Snort® today announced that it has selected JT Blodgett and Richard McCaslin as the recipients of the 2015 Snort Scholarship. The scholarships, each worth $5,000, are awarded to university students around the world that use Snort to further their education and gain hands-on experience in network security.

To qualify, applicants must be enrolled in a university that uses Snort to protect its network or uses Snort as part of the curriculum in the classroom. The scholarships assist the winning students in completing their degrees and covering educational costs. Snort selected JT and Richard from a pool of tens of thousands of applicants, making this year the highest number of applicants to the Snort Scholarship in the history of the award:

JT Blodgett is pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering and studying Cyber Security in the ACES program at the University of Maryland, College Park

Richard McCaslin is pursing a Masters of Science in IT - Information Assurance Concentration, at the University of Texas in San Antonio.

To assist the winning students in completing their degrees, Sourcefire has awarded each a $5,000 scholarship for educational costs at the students’ respective universities. 

Sourcefire, now a part of Cisco, developed the Snort Scholarship in 2004 as a way to give back to the open source and security communities. Since the inception of the Snort Scholarship program seven years ago, Sourcefire has recognized university students from around the world, including the United States, Australia, Turkey, Mexico, the Netherlands and Rwanda. 

Snort is the world’s most widely deployed intrusion detection and prevention technology with more than 400,000 registered users and over 5 million downloads to date.

Congratulations to our winners!