The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency believes autonomous systems could help to patch loopholes in software security based on the results of the 2016 Cyber Grand Challenge, DoD News reported Sunday.
DARPA officials also see the hacking tournament as representing an advancement in the Defense Department’s cybersecurity research efforts, Cheryl Pellerin reports.
“Our mission is to change what’s possible so that we can take huge strides forward in our national security capabilities,” said Arati Prabhakar, DARPA director.
DARPA announced on Friday the winners of the contest, who received nearly $4 million in total cash prizes.
Prabhakar also walked the audience through several active programs such as the agency’s next massive grand challenge called the Spectrum Collaboration Challenge, according to the report.
“We’re going to challenge teams to build radio networks with embedded artificial intelligence that will allow each of those radio networks to dynamically scan and form hypotheses and predict what’s happening in radio spectrum,” she said.