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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.
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

  • October 21, 2019

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    RIT cybersecurity research recognized at top computing conference in London

    RIT researchers are heading to London in November to share four of their top cybersecurity research projects at an Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) conference. The RIT research varies from studying new machine-learning cyberattacks to an analysis of Security Operations Center issues.

  • August 6, 2019

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    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.

Select Scholarship

Journal Paper
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.
Barton, Armon and Matthew Wright. "DeNASA: Destination-Naive AS-Awareness in Anonymous Communications." Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies 2016. 4 (2016): 356—372. Web.
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.