Local ‘Cyber Defense Team’ from Western Tech Advances to Regional Competition

For the second year in a row, the local Cyber Defense Team, WTSECOPS, which stands for Western Tech Security Operations, has advanced through the qualification round and will be attending the Southwest Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

The eight-member team is mentored by Western Tech instructors Robert Madrid and Richard Perez.  ISS (Information Systems and Security) students Larry Eck, Adam Metz, and Jose Portillo and Ace Gomez, an Electronic Engineering Technology (EET) student, are new team members.

Competing for Western Tech for the second time are Juan Rodriguez and Emmanuel Soto, as well as Western Tech alumnae Nicholas Horton and Steven Rodriguez.

“It says a lot about our curriculum at Western Tech when our team ranks with those from some of the largest schools in our region.  These students and their instructors have worked endless hours both in class and on weekends to prepare for competition,” said Ken Pivarnick, Director of Western Tech’s ISS Program.  “We wish them the best of luck in Tulsa.”

The winner of the Southwest Regional will move on to compete at the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

The Southwest Region covers Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.  Twenty teams competed this year in two qualifying rounds.

Eight teams will be moving on to the Southwest Regional competition to be held March 17-19 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.