Entries by Nicholas Cooper


Jack Cable is 17 years old. With a thin build and large, square glasses, he looks like any unassuming high school senior from the Chicago suburbs. Except he’s a military-grade hacker. Cable recently finished first in Hack the Air Force, a Pentagon-sponsored bug bounty program that recruited ethical hackers to find security holes within Air Force networks. In […]

Oversight Committee Mulls a Cyber-Only Digital Service

The federal government has a shortage of cybersecurity talent. Would a corps of short-term recruits, hired from the private sector, fix that gap? That’s one of the questions a House oversight committee attempted to tackle Tuesday during a hearing on federal workforce challenges. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, chairman of the information technology subcommittee, asked witnesses […]

San Antonio Produces Top CyberPatriot Teams

The group of high school students were surprisingly animated at 7:30 a.m. on a chilly Friday morning. But the students were excited to be on the Alamo Colleges campus, talking about their individual CyberPatriot teams– and they just happened to be among the top ranking teams in Texas. The Air Force Association created CyberPatriot in 2009, a national youth cyber defense competition designed to inspire high school […]

Opportunity knocking in San Antonio

Douglas MacArthur once reminded us, “Even when opportunity knocks, a man still has to get up off his seat and open the door.” As I consider the look of the business community, growing startup mentality and the enthusiasm for progression in local health care, technology and other industries, I think about what our city is […]

SA tech community comes out to honor its own at Tech Titans Awards

More than 220 people came out Wednesday evening to celebrate their colleagues’ achievements at the San Antonio Business Journal’s third annual Tech Titans Awards. The event, which was held at Pearl Stable, recognized 10 people and organizations, highlighted by the Top Tech Exec Award, which went to Rackspace Hosting Inc. CEO Taylor Rhodes and two […]

Cybersecurity company in San Antonio raises $3M in capital from investors

Delta Risk LLC, a San Antonio-based cybersecurity company founded by former military veterans, got a boost to help build its midsize business market share after investors pitched in $3 million, according to records on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The company raised $3 million in debt among six investors, and didn’t specify […]

San Antonio TX area teams currently registered for CyberPatriot IX

WHAT IS CYBERPATRIOT? CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program. At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of […]

Cyber venture led by U.S. intel vets with SA roots raises seed capital

A cybersecurity venture created by three former U.S. intelligence analysts with local roots got an influx of capital recently to further its development of software to protect critical infrastructure owned by private industry — like the electric grid. Dragos Inc. is a hybrid product and services startup that creates cybersecurity tools for businesses to hunt […]

Jungle Disk Launches Weekly Cybersecurity Radio Show

With cybersecurity affecting many aspects of everyday life – from cyberhacking and breaches of personal data, devices connected to the internet, and even voter databases – the new Cyber Talk Radio show on News Radio 1200 WOAI fills a growing need to stay current on the latest in the technology industry, especially the cybersecurity space. Jungle Disk CEO Bret Piatt […]

UTSA cyber researcher building tools to weed out dishonesty online

 Raymond Choo, a former police officer in Singapore turned cybersecurity research professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio, is developing software to detect dishonesty online by running software that scans the internet for similar writing patterns. The pilot software hones in on word choices, punctuation and context and is able to discern whether […]