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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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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
As more users access remote systems, the job of identifying and authenticating those users at distance becomes increasingly difficult. The growing impact of attackers on identification and authentication systems puts additional strain on our ability to ensure that only authorized users obtain access to controlled or critical resources. This course reviews basic cryptology techniques and introduces their application to contemporary authentication methods.
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.

Latest News

  • 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.

  • November 8, 2019

    American soldier stands on roadside with mountains in background.

    Q&A: Computing security lecturer and Army Reservist Justin Pelletier

    RIT computing security lecturer Justin Pelletier is back to his regular office hours this semester, after taking part in a six-month-long military tour in Afghanistan earlier this year. As an Army Reserve counterintelligence officer, Pelletier traveled across Afghanistan and was based in the special operations headquarters, helping to assess and counter foreign threats.

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.