A team from Whatcom Community College has placed third in the regional Pacific Rim Cyberdefense Competition.
The college’s cyberdefense team was among 11 that went head-to-head at Highline Community College in Des Moines, Wash., from March 24 to 25.
The University of Washington-Seattle and Eastern Washington University placed first and second respectively.
The contest involved student teams managing computer networks that were attacked by 30 people serving in the role of hackers.
Those attackers included representatives from the U.S. military and Boeing as well as civilian contractors from Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command.
The eight student competitors are enrolled in Whatcom’s Computer Information Systems program.
Whatcom student Travis McEwen was the team’s captain.
Team members were Josh Beckhusen, Brady Todhunter, Andrew Johnson, Cody Shoffit, Austin Bass, Tye Taylor and John Chapman.
Whatcom CIS instructor Corrinne Sande worked with the team.