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Rick Mislan

Senior Lecturer

Department of MIS, Marketing, and Analytics
Saunders College of Business

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Rick Mislan

Senior Lecturer

Department of MIS, Marketing, and Analytics
Saunders College of Business


BS, Rochester Institute of Technology; MS, Ferris State University; Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University


Rick is at his alma mater, the Rochester Institute of Technology, serving in the Saunders College of Business creating a Cybersecurity Management minor within the Management of Information Systems program and developing a Cybersecurity Business Engagement group through Saunders Cyber: Risk and Resilience. Rick also teaches the courses "Building a Web Business," "Systems Analysis and Design," and "Systems Development for Web," covering the non-technical and technical topics of business development, digital products and sales, online advertising and marketing, social engagement and business blogging. Outside of his teaching, as the Creative Director for the Global Cybersecurity Institute (GCI), Rick develops the unique, immersive and narrative training environments for the RIT GCI Cyber Range and Training Center and developed the software framework for RIT's Cybersecurity Bootcamp. Along with his daughters and illustrator, Rachel Bentley, he has also authored a children's book about RIT's mascot, RITchie, who he named back in 1989.

Prior to his work at RIT, Rick created the academic world of Mobile Forensics as a professor of Purdue University's Polytechnic Institute from 2005 to 2012, where he also created the annual Mobile Forensics World Conference, and served on the FBI's Cyber Crime Task Force. Rick's areas of expertise include Cybersecurity Risk & Resilience and Small-Scale Digital Device Forensics. He was also a Policy, Law and Management Faculty Member with the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security. Previously at Ferris State University (2000-2005), Rick taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Information Assurance and Security, Network Management, Intelligent Agents, and E-Business Strategy. Rick also served as a Technology Director and Educator for various school districts, a Communications Electronic Warfare Officer for the U.S. Army, and a Radio Disc Jockey.

He has authored numerous articles in the area of Small Scale Digital Device Forensics, created the Small Scale Digital Device Forensics Journal and acts as a reviewing editor for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on Guidelines for Mobile Device Forensics, Guidelines for Cellphone Forensics, Guidelines for PDA Forensics, Cell Phone Forensic Tools, and PDA Forensic Tools. As a consultant, Rick also works with local, state and federal agencies in cybersecurity matters.

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Published Game, Application or Software
(2020). MaTrEx - RIT GCI Cybersecurity Bootcamp Immersion [Computer software].
Published Conference Proceedings
Harmat, B., Stroud, J., Johnson, D., Stackpole, B., & Mislan, R. (2015). The Security Implications of IMSI Catchers. The 2015 International Conference on Security and Management.
Paugh, K., Mislan, R., & Tom, O. (2014). Virtual Malware Analysis Framework for Android in an Educational Environment. 9th International Conference on Cyber-War and Security.
Embling, E., Hensen, R., Gilbert, S., & Mislan, R. (2013). Designing and Implementing a Wireless Carrier Topology in a Lab Environment. Global Wireless Summit - PRISMS 2013.
Mislan, R., & Oh, T. (2013). Mobile Security and Vulnerability Exploitation as a Flipped Classroom Security Curriculum. 8th Annual Symposium on Information Assurance.
Full Length Book
(2013). Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences. Kessler, G., & Mislan, R.
Book Chapter
(2013). Cellular Phones. Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences. 298-302. Kessler, G., & Mislan, R.
Full Patent
(2012). Apparatus and system for electronic device interrogation and data extraction.
(2011). Apparatus and system for electronic device interrogation and data extraction.
(2010). Method and apparatus for obtaining forensic evidence from personal digital technologies.

Currently Teaching

3 Credits
To be successful in our globally-networked business environment, contemporary management professionals must have a strong grounding in the principles of information and information technology. This course provides an introduction to the field of management information systems (MIS), including the tools and techniques for managing information and information technologies within organizations. We place a particular emphasis on the nature of systems, the role of information in business processes, the management of data, and the planning of MIS design projects.
3 Credits
Successful organizations utilize a systematic approach to solve real-world business problems through the use of computing resources. Students who complete this course will be able to design and model business processes. They will learn how to conduct requirements analysis, approach the design or redesign of business processes, model system functions, effectively communicate systems designs to various levels of management, work in a project-based environment, and approach the implementation of a new organizational information system.
3 Credits
This course gives students both a conceptual and hands-on understanding of the launching of web businesses. Students will study the full process of web business creation, including domain name registration, frameworks for application creation, hosting of web applications and search engine optimization. Students will apply their knowledge by designing and building a business website that can actually make money.
3 Credits
This course provides a conceptual and practical overview of Cybersecurity Management. A keen awareness of the principles and procedures of cybersecurity is a management necessity with universal business implications. Success in today's global economy requires a focus on cybersecurity strategy and management with governance as an overarching consideration in all risk assessment and management related endeavors.
3 Credits
Students in this class will analyze business problems and develop data-driven web applications to solve them. An industry-level application server will provide the framework for integrating and deploying a set of client and server technologies to create these applications. Development skills will include presenting and receiving information through a website, validating entered information, and storing entered information in text files or databases. Students will design solutions using Hypertext Markup Language, client scripting and server programs for database and file access.
3 Credits
Students who complete this course will understand the principles and practices employed to analyze information needs and design appropriate IT-based solutions to address business challenges and opportunities. They will learn how to conduct requirements analysis, approach the design or redesign of business processes, communicate designs decisions to various levels of management, and work in a project-based environment.
3 Credits
Special topics seminars offer an in-depth examination of current events, issues and problems unique to MIS. Specific topics will vary depending upon student and faculty interests and on recent events in the business world. Seminar topics for a specific semester will be announced prior to the course offering. These seminars may be repeated for credit since topics will normally vary from semester to semester. (Instructor determined)