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Cyber Warriors down DePaul to earn berth at national finals

March 17, 2024 members of the 2023-24 Indiana Tech Cyber Warriors

For the past two years, Indiana Tech’s Cyber Warriors have been thwarted by DePaul University in their quest for a Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition Midwest Regional championship. This year, the Blue Demons have been cast out!

The Cyber Warriors bested DePaul and others on Saturday to win the Erich J. Spengler CCDC Midwest Regional title—the university’s fourth. The victory secures the Cyber Warriors a spot in the national competition, which is April 25 through 27 in in San Antonio, Texas. It also means Indiana Tech will finish the season as one of the top 10 cybersecurity teams in the nation.

Each year, competing cybersecurity teams work to combat attempted network security breaches and related challenges that test their problem-solving, technical abilities and teamwork at every turn. Indiana Tech’s Cyber Warriors have become a regional dynasty and a national powerhouse, having won 17 Indiana state championships, including 10 straight. Since 2006, they have finished among the nation’s top 10 teams five times.

Members of this year’s Cyber Warriors team include Peter Allison, Garrett Bates, Riley Boroff, Timothy Bukowski, Nick Caulk, Hunter Clements, Zach Hampton, Hayden LaFlech, Tristan Lybarger, Jeremy MacRoberts, Bryce Murphy, Myles Nieman, Martin Quintana, Sam Regelbrugge and  John Rudolph. The team is coached by Matt Hansen, an Indiana Tech alum who was a championship-winning Cyber Warrior himself during his time as a Tech student.cyber warriors with regional championship trophy

For five years running, every member of the Cyber Warriors has secured a job in their career field prior to graduating. Indiana Tech has also established a growing national reputation as a producer of top talent in the cybersecurity field, having recently been recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

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