At RIT’s ESL Global Cybersecurity Institute, we educate and train cybersecurity professionals; develop new cybersecurity and AI-based knowledge for industry, academia, and government; and perform systems and network security testing for a wide range of partners.

Founded in 2020, the ESL Global Cybersecurity Institute at RIT is a world-class facility dedicated to cybersecurity. Our students and researchers are working to build secure systems, software, devices, and technologies of the future, while providing resources to commercialize methods, algorithms, software, devices, and designs in cybersecurity to launch scalable entrepreneurial ventures.

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Cyber Range

World-class facilities, including a fully-equipped Cyber Range to help government and industry to test their security, experience real world scenarios, and identify solutions.

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RIT faculty are conducting cutting-edge, award-winning research, sponsored by groups like the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense.

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ESL GCI is home to leading programs in cybersecurity education. Whether you want to pursue a BS or MS, earn an Advanced Certificate and gain new skills, or complete our RITx MicroMasters from anywhere in the world, we offer myriad options for your education. ESL GCI was built in collaboration with RIT’s Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, one of the most comprehensive computing colleges in the nation, meaning you can work across disciplines in computing and beyond.

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Working with faculty and students across disciplines, there is no limit to where your ideas can take you. Our Cyber Range can game out cybersecurity solutions for organizations. Our Cyber Defense and Pentesting teams compete and win in national competitions.

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Our researchers work on sponsored and independent research, collaborating with groups like the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense. From conducting research on vehicle-to-vehicle technologies on our state-of-the-art testbed, to developing new protocols to protect our web journey from malicious actors, we’re working at the cutting edge.

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ESL GCI provides a home for start-up incubation and the commercialization of cybersecurity products. Students are supported with both business start-up mentorship and access to a full suite of technical tools, in addition to mentorship from leaders in the field.

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