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DARPA Holds $2M Cyber Challenge for Automatic Network Defense

darpa challengeThe Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is sponsoring a cyber contest where contestants develop automatic network defense systems, C4ISR & Networks reports.

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.

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