WTC ISS-EET team heads to Regional Cyber Defense Competition


Contact: Kenneth Pivarnick

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El Paso, TX (March 7, 2017):  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.

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. They are the University of Arkansas, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Baylor University, Hallmark University, the University of Houston, the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, New Mexico State University, University of North Texas, Oklahoma State University, Sam Houston State University, San Antonio College, Texas A & M San Antonio, The University of Texas at Arlington, The University of Texas at Austin, University if Texas at San Antonio, Texas State Technical College, The University of Tulsa, Southern Methodist University, Western Technical College, and Western Governors University (WGU) Texas. The Winner of the Southwest Regional will move on to compete at the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

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

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