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 provide systems and network security services 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 degree, or your PhD, 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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As a non-profit institution, ESL GCI is able to offer cybersecurity services such as penetration testing and security audits, at affordable prices
through the SAFE Lab. 

Learn more about available security services from our SAFE Lab

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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 protecting vehicle-to-vehicle technologies from quantum attacks to developing new protocols to protect our web journey from malicious actors, we’re working at the cutting edge.

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We're home to powerhouse competitive cybersecurity teams -- including the 2013 Cyber Defense National Champions -- as well as the Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition (CPTC) Global Finals.. Partner with us to support student clubs like RITSEC and competitions like the CPTC.

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