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Justin Pelletier

Director of the GCI Cyber Range and Training Center

ESL 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

ESL Global Cybersecurity Institute
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences


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


Justin Pelletier is the Director of the Cyber Range and Training Center in RIT's Global Cybersecurity Institute. As a component of this work, he trains and leads student teams to perform security assessments for partner organizations. He also oversees cybersecurity competitions that bring together the top cyber talent from across the globe. As a Professor of Practice in the Department of Computing Security, Dr. Pelletier teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels and helped to bring the Hacking for Defense initiative to RIT. He holds a PhD in Information Assurance and Security, an MBA in Entrepreneurship, and a BS in Computer Science. He is also a combat veteran and currently serves as a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve.


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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 or Conference Paper
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.

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 - 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.
1 - 3 Credits
The graduate independent study offers students the opportunity to investigate a topic not covered in an available course in the MS program in conjunction with a faculty sponsor. Working cooperatively, the faculty sponsor and the student draft a proposal of the work to be completed, the deliverables expected from the student, the number of credits assigned, and the means by which the student’s work will be evaluated. The proposal must be approved by the graduate program director before a student can be registered for independent study.

In the News

  • January 17, 2023

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    RIT and Alstom Signaling collaborate to advance transportation cybersecurity

    RIT and Alstom are coming together to help advance cybersecurity education, development, and research in the transportation industry. Through a new collaboration, the French mobility technology company will provide RIT students with educational, research, and career opportunities. Alstom has also been named theme-sponsor for RIT’s next Global Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition (CPTC) in 2023-2024.