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Cybersecurity Pioneer to Keynote Global Entrepreneurship Week at Clarkson University

Clarkson University alumnus Martin Roesch, vice president and chief architect for Cisco’s Security Business Group, will deliver the keynote address of Clarkson's Global Entrepreneurship Week celebration on Monday, November 17, at 7 p.m. in Clarkson's Student Center (#15 on the map at

Martin RoeschThe event, part of the Reh Family Speaker Series on Entrepreneurship Research and Practice, is free and open to the public.

Following Roesch's presentation, he will be inducted into the Clarkson University Alumni Entrepreneur Hall of Fame in recognition of a lifetime of entrepreneurial achievement that encompasses the ideals of entrepreneurial activity -- education, application, and giving back. Alumni like Roesch, who have pursued a lifetime of successful venture creation and who have achieved national recognition as a leader in their field, are eligible for nomination to this honor.

Roesch, the author of open source Snort, the world’s most widely deployed intrusion detection and prevention technology, graduated from Clarkson in 1992 with a degree in electrical & computer engineering. In 2001, Roesch founded Sourcefire, where he was chief technology officer and a member of its board of directors. In 2013, Cisco acquired Sourcefire for $2.7 billion.

Intrusion prevention systems (IPS) are network security appliances that monitor network and/or system activities for malicious activity.

Roesch is a respected authority on intrusion prevention and detection technology and forensics with nearly 20 years of industry experience in network security and embedded systems engineering. At Cisco, he is responsible for shaping the technology strategy and design of the company’s security portfolio.

For more than a decade, Roesch has dedicated himself to developing intelligent network security tools and technologies to address evolving threats, applying his knowledge of network security to network threat analytics and network forensics for numerous government and multinational customers.

Roesch has been interviewed as an industry expert in multiple technology publications, as well as print and online news services, such as MSNBC, Wall Street Journal, CNET, ZDNet, and numerous books.

Snort forms the foundation for the intrusion prevention system. It was named to InfoWorld's Open Source Hall of Fame and has been featured in Scientific American, on A&E's Secret Places: Inside the FBI, and in several books, such as Network Intrusion Detection: An Analysts Handbook, Intrusion Signatures and Analysis, Maximum Security, Hacking Exposed, and others.

Roesch has received a host of awards for his technology innovation and vision. Most recently, he was recognized as one of the Top 25 Disrupters of 2013 by CRN Magazine and was selected as one of eWeek's Top 100 Most Influential People in IT.

The Reh Family Speaker Series on Entrepreneurship Research and Practice is made possible through a generous gift from Clarkson alumnus David Reh ’62 and his wife, Sue. Their support of this series, along with support of the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship and the newly initiated Reh Family Endowed Professorship in Entrepreneurial Leadership, continues to enhance entrepreneurship education and research at Clarkson.

This speaker series was launched to bring internationally known  scholars and practitioners to the campus, providing opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and the broader community to engage in dialogue around entrepreneurship and innovation topics, like game changing research, evolving best practices, engaging and challenging students, and understanding emerging strategies from around the globe.

Roesch is the second speaker of the series, which brings scholars and practitioners to campus throughout the academic year.

For more information, please contact the Clarkson University School of Business at 315-268-2300.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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