Bug-Hunting Computers to Compete in DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2016 — On Aug. 4 in Las Vegas, seven computers will compete in the first all-machine cyber defense tournament, the result of a multiyear effort by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to bring autonomy to the problem of making computers secure.

Mike Walker, program manager for DARPA’s Cyber Grand Challenge, discussed what the agency and the seven finalist teams set out to do and what the world will see during the final hours of a competition that eventually could deliver cybersecurity at network speeds by computers that look at all the bits, all the time, without human help.

“Today the comprehension [of] and reaction to unknown flaws in software is entirely manual,” Walker said during a recent media teleconference.

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