|DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge AI Will Prevail|
|Wednesday, 20 July 2016|
Next month Las Vegas will host the Final Event of the DARPA Cyber grand Challenge as an all-computer cyber-defence Capture the Flag tournament. From an initial field of over 100 applicant seven teams will compete for the $3.5 million prize pool.
As we reported at the time, DARPA announced this contest in October 2013. It called for teams to develop autonomous cyber reasoning systems capable of comprehending and protecting software with the stated goal being:
"to vastly improve the speed and effectiveness of IT security against escalating cyber threats."
These AI systems would be designed to compete in CTF (Capture the Flag) contests, speed-driven bug hunting tournaments where experts reverse-engineer software, probe its weaknesses, search for deeply hidden flaws and create securely patched replacements.
For the purposes of this contest DARPA built DECREE, DARPA Experimental Cybersecurity Research Evaluation Environment as an experimentation ecosystem capable of uniting program analysis research, Capture-The-Flag competitions, and other applied research activities.It is an open source operating system extension with the following features that make it ideal for security experimentation:
DECREE is Open Source and will remain so in perpetuity as it is an experimentation ecosystem capable of uniting program analysis research, Capture-The-Flag competitions, and other applied research activities.
After three qualifying events the seven finalists were announced at DEFCON 2015 and given awards of $750,000 to help them to prepare for the final, which takes place on August 4th in conjunction with this year's DEFCON/Black Hat conferences. They are:
Videos from each team can be found on the Cyber Grand_Challenge website.
The first prize is $2 million, with second and third place taking $1 million and $750,000 respectively but as the video about the contest makes clear this contest is about more than the money and the teams see that the future security of civilisation is at stake:
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