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Meet Akamai InfoSec's 4th Intern

Last week I recorded a podcast interview with three of Akamai InfoSec's four summer interns. Due to a schedule conflict, the fourth intern -- Boston University Computer Science major Allan Wirth -- was interviewed separately.

Wirth will be a senior this fall and hopes to embark on a career in web security. The work he did for Akamai will serve him well to that end. Under the supervision of InfoSec's Kathryn Kun and Tim April, he studied Akamai BGP data.      

"I worked on aggregating BGP data in real time to identify routing hijacks," Wirth said. "I've never handled this breadth of data before, so it was an eye opener."

Wirth's passion for information security goes back to high school. By the time he started his Akamai internship, he had already participated in Capture-The-Flag contests and dabbled in penetration testing.

"I'm hoping to engage in some more advanced cryptography after graduation," he said. "Security is what I want to do."

We wish Allan the very best in his future endeavors. I doubt we've seen the last of him around here.