Our nationally recognized program takes an interdisciplinary approach to tackling one of the most pressing problems facing our nation – the security of our digital and physical worlds.


Estimated number of unfilled cybersecurity positions around the world


Years that RIT has been designated a National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity Education by NSA and Department of Homeland Security


Estimated cost of data breaches in 2019


Years hosting the world’s best cybersecurity students for the Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition (CPTC)

ESL Global Cybersecurity Institute

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.

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.

Learn more about the ESL Global Cybersecurity Institute 

Key Faculty and Staff

Ersin Uzun
Katherine Johnson Endowed Executive Director
ESL Global Cybersecurity Institute
Mehdi Mirakhorli
Director of Cybersecurity Research in GCI
Department of Software Engineering
Sumita Mishra
Department of Cybersecurity
Justin Pelletier
Director of the GCI Cyber Range and Training Center
ESL Global Cybersecurity Institute
Bill Stackpole
Department of Cybersecurity
Matthew Wright
Department Chair
Department of Cybersecurity
Bo Yuan
Department of Cybersecurity

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