Research

Research with real-world impact

Founded in 2020, the 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.

Highlights

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Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) Research at RIT's Global Cybersecurity Institute

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RIT hosts collegiate penetration testing competition

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RIT MicroMasters in Cybersecurity program overview

Meet the Director

Steve Hoover

From leading Xerox PARC to working with cybersecurity researchers from around the world, I have spent my life working with passionate teams tackling thorny problems. I’m proud of the work my colleagues and I are doing at GCI because of the real-world impact it will have.

Steve Hoover
Executive Director of the Global Cybersecurity Institute
585-475-5142

Areas of Strength


Trusted Hardware


Cybersecurity Education


Network Security


Usable Security


Cyber Analytics

Our research initiatives bring together students and faculty from a variety of disciplines to drive real societal and economic impact. In addition, our commitment to undergraduate research means that these initiatives help to educate the next generation of cybersecurity professionals while they design and develop the technologies and systems needed to secure our future.

The Institute’s research agenda is powered by nearly two dozen faculty across multiple colleges at RIT informing perspectives from engineering, psychology, public policy, and more as they related to the field of cybersecurity.

Researchers by Area

Daniel Krutz headshot
Assistant Professor
Department of Software Engineering
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
585-475-2896
Self-adaptive systems, decision-support systems, and computing education

 

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Associate Professor
Department of Software Engineering
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
585-475-7829
Empirical software engineering using machine learning and data mining, software security, collaborative software development, metrics and measurement

 

Mehdi Mirakhorli headshot
Assistant Professor
Department of Software Engineering
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
Kodak Endowed Scholar
585-475-4663
Machine learning and data mining applied to software architecture analysis, software security, compliance and verification, and source code comprehension.

 

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Professor
Dean’s Office
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
585-475-4645
Adversarial machine learning in image recognition and in intelligent malware detection using memory forensics, solid-state drive forensics challenges

 

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Professor
Department of Computer Science
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
585-475-7210
Security and data quality evaluation; intelligent systems and sensor networks design, machine learning and neural networks techniques, Big Data analysis

 

Matthew Wright headshot
Director of the Center for Cybersecurity Research
Global Cybersecurity Institute
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
Director of Research for the Global Cybersecurity Institute
585-475-5432
Adversarial machine learning as applied to traffic analysis, deepfake detection and generation, and image manipulation.

 

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Professor
Department of Computer Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Director of Global Outreach, Global Cybersecurity Institute
585-475-6434
Machine learning, attack modeling, and simulation systems to provide predictive analysis of cyber attacks, enabling anticipatory or proactive cyber defense
Routers, middleboxes such as firewalls, and SDN flow tables; Censorship on the Internet

 

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Interim Department Head
Department of Computer Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
585-475-4082
Data integrity and privacy in Edge Computing Systems and 5G infrastructure

 

Peizhao Hu headshot
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
585-475-4712
Blockchain, mobile and pervasive computing, SDN, and wireless mesh and opportunistic networks

 

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Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
585-475-5735
Measurement for Internet security and privacy, IoT security, DNS security, PKI

 

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Professor
Department of Computer Science
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
585-475-4524
Packet forwarding, SDN, Container networking, Datacenter networks, Network security, Filter technologies, Distributed systems, and IoT

 

Critical infrastructure protection, including smart grid security and privacy, communications in the future electric grid, anonymity, and resilience metrics

 

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Associate Professor
Department of Information Sciences and Technologies
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
585-475-7642
Vehicular Area Networks, data acquisition and analytics, mobile device security, Internet of Things (IoT) security, sensor networks and assistive technology (Smart Cane)

 

Wireless systems and communications (PHY-layer) security, connected vehicle and IoT trust management

 

Matthew Wright headshot
Director of the Center for Cybersecurity Research
Global Cybersecurity Institute
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
Director of Research for the Global Cybersecurity Institute
585-475-5432
Adversarial machine learning; anonymity on the Internet (mainly Tor) and traffic analysis; usable security and privacy (e.g. phishing, passwords)

 

Shanchieh Yang headshot
Professor
Department of Computer Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Director of Global Outreach, Global Cybersecurity Institute
585-475-6434
Machine learning, attack modeling, and simulation systems to provide predictive analysis of cyber attacks, enabling anticipatory or proactive cyber defense
Amlan Ganguly headshot
Interim Department Head
Department of Computer Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
585-475-4082
Hardware Trojans, Machine Learning and Nature-inspired solutions to hardware security and trust

 

Peizhao Hu headshot
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
585-475-4712
Privacy-preserving cloud data analytics, specifically homomorphic encryption and multiparty computations; Blockchain

 

Cryptographic engineering, secure communication technologies, reconfigurable computing, high performance computing, hardware-software systems

 

Critical Infrastructure Protection; smart grid security and privacy; anonymous communications; resilience metrics

 

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Assistant Professor
Department of Computing Security
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
585-475-2811
Hardware-assisted security, cache-based covert channels, system security, and software security with applications to IoT and Automotive systems
Security competitions for education, covert communications, IoT/SCADA security

 

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Assistant Professor
Department of Software Engineering
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
585-475-2896
Teaching secure software development, outreach to women/girls in cybersecurity

 

Gamification in cybersecurity education, critical infrastructure, graduate education

 

Yin Pan headshot
Professor
Dean’s Office
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
585-475-4645
Gamification in cybersecurity education, Ph.D. training and education, information security audits

 

Security competitions for education, penetration testing

 

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Professor
Department of Computer Science
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
585-475-7210
Data quality and security, automated quiz generation

 

Computer-aided program comprehension, instructor analytics, K-12 outreach

 

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Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Computing Security
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
585-475-6241
Gamification in cybersecurity education, secure programming education

 

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Department Chair
Department of Computing Security
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
585-475-4468
CyberCorps Scholarships for Service (SFS); Department Chair of Computing Security; cyber analytics
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Lecturer
Department of Computing Security
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
585-475-4601
Penetration testing, web and mobile application security, and privacy

 

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Professor
Department of MIS, Marketing, and Digital Business
Saunders College of Business
Benjamin Forman Professor for Collaborative Research
Social ties among companies, qualitative market research, applications to security technology

 

Human factors in complex and dynamic systems, mental workload, and human error and reliability

 

Stacey Watson headshot
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Computing Security
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
585-475-6241
User-introduced vulnerabilities, security data visualization, platforms for security evaluation and testing

 

Matthew Wright headshot
Director of the Center for Cybersecurity Research
Global Cybersecurity Institute
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
Director of Research for the Global Cybersecurity Institute
585-475-5432
Phishing and clickbait in social media, deception, password alternatives

 

Shanchieh Yang headshot
Professor
Department of Computer Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Director of Global Outreach, Global Cybersecurity Institute
585-475-6434
Modeling attackers to provide predictive analysis of cyber attacks, deployment of predictive analytics

 

Ziming Zhao headshot
Assistant Professor
Department of Computing Security
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
585-475-2811
Telephone scams, user deception, vulnerabilities in graphical password alternatives,