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Matthew Wright

Director of the Center for Cybersecurity Research
Global Cybersecurity Institute
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

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Matthew Wright

Director of the Center for Cybersecurity Research
Global Cybersecurity Institute
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences


BS, Harvey Mudd College; MS, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst


Matt Wright is the Director of the Center for Cybersecurity at RIT and a Professor of Computing Security. He graduated with his PhD from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts in May, 2005, where he earned his MS in 2002. His dissertation work examined attacks and defenses of systems that provide anonymity online. His other interests include adversarial machine learning and understanding the human element of security. Previously, he earned his BS degree in Computer Science at Harvey Mudd College. He has been the lead investigator on over $5.7 million in funded projects, including an NSF CAREER award, and he has published 88 peer-reviewed papers, including numerous contributions in the most prestigious venues focused on computer security and privacy.


Areas of Expertise

Currently Teaching

3 Credits
This course explores current topics in Computing Security. It is intended as a place holder course for faculty to experiment new course offerings in Computing Security undergraduate program. Course specific details change with respect to each specific focal area proposed by faculty.

Latest News

  • August 6, 2019

    Artist rendering of glass building.

    Global Cybersecurity Institute to open in 2020

    Cybercrime is costing the world trillions of dollars, and analysts say that there aren’t enough qualified professionals to prevent those attacks. To address this problem, RIT is creating the Global Cybersecurity Institute (GCI), aimed at meeting the demand for computing security and artificial intelligence professionals, while developing future technologies, protocols and human understanding needed to address the global cybersecurity crisis.

  • April 23, 2019

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    RIT cyber fighters go deep on Tor security

    Recognizing that the internet is not always secure, millions of people are turning to the Tor anonymity system as a way to browse the World Wide Web more privately. However, Tor has been found to have its own vulnerabilities. This has a team of faculty and students from RIT’s Center for Cybersecurity researching the extent of the problem and ways to address it.

Select Scholarship

Journal Paper
Barton, Armon and Matthew Wright. "DeNASA: Destination-Naive AS-Awareness in Anonymous Communications." Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies 2016. 4 (2016): 356—372. Web.
Al-Ameen, Mahdi Nasrullah and Matthew Wright. "A Comprehensive Study of the GeoPass User Authentication Scheme." Interacting with Computers. (2016): 1-1. Web.
Al-Ameen, Mahdi Nasrullah and Matthew Wright. "iPersea: Towards Improving the Sybil-resilience of Social DHT." Journal of Network and Computer Applications 71. (2016): 1-10. Web.
Al-Ameen, Mahdi Nasrullah, S M Taiabul Haque, and Matthew Wright. "Leveraging Autobiographical Memory for Two-factor Online Authentication." Information and Computer Security 24. 4 (2016): 386-399. Print.
Published Conference Proceedings
Juarez, Marc, et al. "WTF-PAD: Toward an Efficient Website Fingerprinting Defense." Proceedings of the European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS). Ed. Ioannis Askoxylakis, et al. Heraklion, Greece: Springer, 2016. Print.