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Information technology PhD student Ashley Chonka has been awarded a Snort scholarship. Ashley receives US$5 000 for his work with Snort – an open source network intrusion detection system that can detect a variety of cyber attacks and probes. The scholarships are offered annually to university students who are using Snort as part of their studies or studying a Snort approved course.

Ashley was awarded the scholarship for developing a ‘Honeypot’ which is essentially a trap used to detect and counteract attempts at unauthorised use of information systems. Ashley, together with Professor Wanlei Zhou, began his study of Honeypot Technology and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attacks at the beginning of the year. Ashley used Snort to build the Honeypot and collect the data, and upon submitting the Honeypot project description to Sourcefire – the Snort developer – he won the scholarship.

The project data collected to date is being used within Ashley’s thesis ‘Protecting Web Services from DDoS Attacks’ and to produce future journal papers.

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22nd July 2009