Addressing the complex challenges of cybersecurity in our interconnected world requires teamwork. Join RIT and the ESL Global Cybersecurity Institute to support the development of technology and advanced knowledge that are needed to take on these challenges and make our world safer.

Ways to Partner

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Focus on industry needs is a long-standing hallmark of RIT’s academic and research programs. In cybersecurity, relationships with top corporations and government partners provide outstanding career opportunities for students, and real-world problems to be solved through research services and student projects.

In addition, corporate partners can interact with student teams in cybersecurity, often creating an efficient path for their future workforce. RIT has rich and multi-faceted partnerships with government organizations and companies from a wide range of industries including:

  • L3Harris
  • Eaton Corp.
  • Redcom
  • LenelS2
  • Palo Alto Networks
  • Tenable
  • The Miami Foundation
  • Apple
  • Amazon
  • Paychex
  • IBM

Contact: Leslie Wilson, Director of Development, Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. | P 585.475.7626


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Recognized as a National Center for Excellence in both Cybersecurity Education and Research by the Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency, RIT has been a leader in working with government organizations to train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals, and develop solutions to help keep our country safe.

When the United States government is aiming to find the newest ways to protect our country from future cyber threats, it looks to RIT students and faculty who are pushing the field of cybersecurity in exciting new directions.

Our current government research partners include:

  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Department of Defense
  • National Security Agency (NSA)
  • United StatesUS Air Force Research Labs (AFRL)
  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • Office of Naval Research (ONR)

If you are interested in exploring new government partnerships please contact:
Matthew Wright
Chair, Cybersecurity


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Cyber Range

RIT's Cyber Range and Training Center is capable of hosting more than 5,000 virtual machines simultaneously in immersive scenarios. Within this infrastructure, we are able to introduce threat intelligence systems in scale replicas of any massive, global business, with specific focus on healthcare, energy, and finance. The Cyber Range and Training Center provides alternative-reality instructional vignettes for cohorts of corporate leaders and IT security professionals to experiment and learn, facilitating research opportunities in the most critical of industries.

Learn more about the Cyber Range

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The Eaton Security Assessment and Forensic Examination (SAFE) Lab provides students with a living laboratory environment to gain experience in solving real-world problems for partner companies. The Lab is designed to operationalize the ongoing research within the ESL Global Cybersecurity Institute.

Learn more about the SAFE Lab

Partner Benefits

The ESL Global Cybersecurity Institute promotes a multidisciplinary approach to the discipline of cybersecurity, with more than 30 faculty and researchers from across RIT, bringing their expertise in computing, public policy, engineering, business, psychology, and more. A partnership with the Institute will deliver the following benefits to your organization:


Direct and preferential access to the best and brightest students with hands-on cybersecurity training.


Access to Institute faculty and researchers and their world-class expertise.


Opportunities to complement and enhance your corporate image by being associated with one of the leading research centers in cybersecurity.

Return on Investment

Opportunities for significant cost reduction in the areas of research and recruiting that can enhance your corporate return on investment.

Becoming a Partner

To learn more about partnership with the ESL Global Cybersecurity Institute, please contact Leslie Wilson, the Director of Development in the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.