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Carzaniga/Wolf Project Finalist in Business Plan Competition


February 2004

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Antonio Carzaniga photo

A business plan based on technology created by Computer Science Research Assistant Professor Antonio Carzaniga and Professor Alexander Wolf took home the 2nd place award at the Leeds School of Business graduate business plan competition, sponsored by the Robert H. and Beverly A. Deming Center for Entrepreneurship. Leeds MBA candidates Jay White, Chris Cahill, Chip Fuller and David Parkhurst developed the plan with advice from Carzaniga and Wolf, as well as from Kate Tallman of the CU Technology Transfer Office. The students will represent the western United States as finalists in the Licensing Executives Society (LES) Business Plan Competition in San Francisco.

The business plan is for NetDog, a company with a superior Network Intrusion Prevention System (NIPS). Intrusion prevention systems examine network traffic through the use of detection processes. Any malicious activity, such as worms and viruses, is blocked by the detection processes before it is able to enter the network. Unlike competing NIPS, the NetDog product would provide the highest level of protection without sacrificing network speed. This represents a current market opportunity in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

The speed of the processing is possible because of a "multiclassifier" invented by Carzaniga and Wolf in the Computer and Communications Security Research Center in the Department of Computer Science. The multiclassifier technology allows the detection processes to be arranged in parallel, by instantly routing packets to the relevant process. Other NIPS require network traffic to be examined by each detection process, which bogs down the system and results in dropped packets.

"This is a wonderful example of what can result from combining CU's world class research with our leading Entrepreneurship program," said David Allen, Associate Vice President for Technology Transfer. "We are delighted that the CU MBA students have this opportunity to compete on a national level."

This news item was based in part on information provided by the University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office.

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