Machine vs. Machine: Lessons from the First Year of Cyber Grand Challenge presented at SecuritySymposium 2015

by Mike Walker,

Summary : In 2014 DARPA launched the Cyber Grand Challenge: a competition that seeks to create automatic defensive systems capable of reasoning about flaws, formulating patches and deploying them on a network in real time. By acting at machine speed and scale, these technologies may someday overturn today’s attacker-dominated status quo. Just as the first autonomous ground vehicles fielded during DARPA’s 2004 Grand Challenge were not initially ready to take to the highways, the first generation of automated network defense systems will not be able to meaningfully compete against expert analysts or defend production networks. The Cyber Grand Challenge aims to give these groundbreaking prototypes a league of their own, allowing them to compete head-to-head to defend a network of bespoke software.