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DARPA issues cyber Grand Challenge

Government computer security planners have been laying the groundwork for the next generation of cybersecurity technologies: software tools that can detect and respond automatically to increasingly sophisticated threats.

Now the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has set up a project to put some of newer technologies to the test by setting up, “the first-ever tournament for fully automatic network defense systems.”

“The growth trends we’ve seen in cyber attacks and malware point to a future where automation must be developed to assist IT security analysts,” Dan Kaufman, director of DARPA’s Information Innovation Office, said in a statement.

DARPA plans to hold a Cyber Grand Challenge at which unmanned systems would be pitted against each other. In a qualifying round, teams would score based on how well their system scanned a network for weaknesses, generated patches or remediation and maintained the operations of the network.  

DARPA will  invite a group of top competitors from the qualifying event to the final Cyber Grand Challenge , to be held early to mid-2016.

Posted by GCN Staff on Oct 25, 2013 at 11:03 AM


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