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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 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 and oversees cybersecurity competitions that bring together the top cyber talent from across the globe. As a Lecturer 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.


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.

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.
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

  • March 3, 2021

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    Registration open for cybersecurity bootcamp for deaf and hard-of-hearing adults

    An initiative to retrain deaf and hard-of-hearing adults for employment in cybersecurity jobs is being launched by NTID as the demand for information security analysts is on the rise, and many employers are looking for applicants with skills in cybersecurity. In partnership with RIT’s Global Cybersecurity Institute, the fully remote bootcamp is specifically designed for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.

  • January 15, 2021

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    New institute helps RIT attack cyber threats

    For too long, cybersecurity has been an afterthought. In a preemptive strike on cyber­security threats across the world, RIT has created the Global Cybersecurity Institute (GCI). Late last fall, the GCI opened the doors to its 52,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility on campus. With the institute, RIT is on its way to becoming one of the best places in the world for cybersecurity education, training, and research.