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Justin Pelletier

Director of the GCI Cyber Range and Training Center
Global Cybersecurity Institute
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

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152 Lomb Memorial Drive Rochester, NY 14623

Justin Pelletier

Director of the GCI Cyber Range and Training Center
Global Cybersecurity Institute
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences


BS, Stonehill College; MBA, Rochester Institute of Technology; Ph.D., Capella University


Justin Pelletier, of the Computing Security Department at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), is the Director of Cyber Training, Testing, and Outreach for RIT's Global Cybersecurity Institute. Through the Eaton Cybersecurity SAFE Lab, he trains and leads student teams to perform device and network security assessments for partner organizations. He is also the international director of the Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition, which brings together the top cyber talent from across the globe to evaluate and showcase student technical and communication skills. He holds a PhD in Information Assurance and Security, an MBA in Entrepreneurship, and a BS in Computer Science. Dr. Pelletier has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels and helped to bring the Hacking for Defense initiative to RIT. His current research interests include social network econometrics, machine learning in structural models, and decision attack graphs. 


Currently Teaching

3 Credits
Access control and authentication systems are some of the most critical components of cybersecurity ecosystems. This course covers the theory, design, and implementation of systems used in identification, authentication, authorization, and accountability processes with a focus on trust at each layer. Students will examine formal models of access control systems and approaches to system accreditation, the application of cryptography to authentication systems, and the implementation of IAAA principles in modern operating systems. A special focus will be placed on preparing students to research and write about future topics in this area.
1 - 3 Credits
A student works with a faculty member to devise a plan of study on a topic in various areas of computing security. Deliverables, evaluation methods, and number of credits need to be specified in a written proposal. A final report and presentation in the form of a poster session is expected and graded at the end of the term.
1 - 6 Credits
Students will work with a supervising faculty member on a project of mutual interest. Project design and evaluation will be determined through discussion with the supervising faculty member and documented through completion of an independent study form to be filed with the department of computing security.
3 Credits
This is a capstone course for students in the information security and forensics program. Students will apply knowledge and skills learned and work on real world projects in various areas of computing security. Projects may require performing security analysis of systems, networks, and software, etc., devising and implementing security solutions in real world applications.

In the News

  • June 30, 2020

    rendering of Cyber Range, with tables, computers and large display screens.

    RIT offers Cybersecurity Bootcamp to help people get back to work and start new careers

    A new 15-week program at RIT is teaching people all the skills they need to start a new career in cybersecurity. Starting in July, learners can enroll in RIT’s Cybersecurity Bootcamp, an immersive hands-on training course that will prepare them for critical entry-level roles in the cybersecurity workforce. The program aims to help professionals from all backgrounds and abilities set themselves up to transition into an in-demand career.

  • May 21, 2020

    cybersecurity team displayed in grid in video conference.

    RIT team prepares for virtual cyber defense national championship

    RIT’s cyber defense team is getting a first-hand look at the challenges of socially distanced business operations, as they prepare for a new format of the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC). The annual championship is part of the nation’s largest college-level cyber defense competition, an extracurricular event that helps to train the next generation of cybersecurity experts.

  • March 25, 2020

    Person looking at multi-colored computer code on a computer monitor.

    RIT wins Northeast regional collegiate cyber defense competition

    A team of RIT cybersecurity students is moving on to the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC) after taking first place at the Northeast regional competition March 20–22. The students pulled together a win, despite having to compete from separate locations across the country, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Select Scholarship

Journal Paper
Pelletier, J.M. "Longitudinal Analysis of Information Security Incident Spillover Effects." Journal of Management Science and Business Intelligence 3. (2018): 15-20. Web.
Peer Reviewed/Juried Poster Presentation
Pelletier, J.M. "The Race to Feld and Secure Autonomous Combat Units." Proceedings of the 2018 USENIX Summit on Hot Topics in Security, Baltimore, MD. Ed. David Brumley, Parisa Tabriz. Baltimore, MD: n.p..
Published Conference Proceedings
Pelletier, J.M. and Shita, M. "Optimizing Alternative Futures: Assuring Security in the Event of Machine Superintelligence." Proceedings of the Proceedings of the International Conference on Intelligent Computing and Big Data, Houston, TX, 6-7 April, 2018. Ed. Bruce O'Neal, Yu Sun. Houston, TX: IBII, Print.
Hair, N., Santa, J., and Pelletier, J.M. "Loring Online Students’ Perceptions of Website Customer Experience." Proceedings of the OLC Accelerate 2018. Orlando, FL. Ed. Katie Fife Schuster. Orlando, Florida: OLC, 2018. Print.