Michael Peck writes that contestants of DARPA’s first grand challenge will devise automatic systems to test for vulnerabilities, evaluate software, create security patches and apply those patches to networks in a contest worth $2 million to the winner.
“DARPA’s series of vehicle grand challenges were the dawn of the self-driving car revolution,” said program manager Mike Walker.
“With the Cyber Grand Challenge, we intend a similar revolution for information security. Today, our time to patch a newly discovered security flaw is measured in days. Through automatic recognition and remediation of software flaws, the term for a new cyber attack may change from zero-day to zero-second,” he added.
The winners of the event will go on to another grand challenge in 2016, according to the report.