The United States Defense Advance Research Project Agency (DARPA) has recently held a competition in order to further the development of self-healing cyber technologies. This competition has been dubbed the “Cyber Grand Challenge,” which aims to advance the technology of automated security systems which can combat against cyberattacks as immediately as they are launched. This competition includes a team comprised of Raytheon employees, who have successfully advanced to the final stages of the Cyber Grand Challenge.
"The emergence of the internet of things (IoT) and the growth of cloud computing and mobility is transforming everyday life and creating significantly more surface attack area for the cyber threat,” said David Wajsgras, president of Raytheon Intelligence, Information, and Services Business. Wajsgras emphasized the great threat that cyberattacks can potentially play in our modern day, technology-centric society. He further acknowledged that "Raytheon is participating in DARPA's Cyber Grand Challenge because we see the imperative today, to more effectively offset the growing pervasiveness and effectiveness of the cyber threat and help solve one of our country's toughest security challenges."
The Cyber Grand Challenge was created as a computer security tournament which focuses on the utilization of automated cyber reasoning systems, rather than actual interference from industry experts. This computer security tournament asks its competitors to construct a computer program that is capable of autonomously reversing an engineer’s software (which in this case, was created by the contest’s organizers) and has the capabilities to fix its discrete faults and mistakes.
This competition is a potential breeding-ground for significant developments in cybersecurity. Jack Harrington, the vice president of Raytheon Intelligence, Information, and Services Cybersecurity and Special Missions, has stated that “the technologies emerging from this competition could change the balance of power between hackers and defenders."
The final challenge of this competition is anticipated to take place in conjunction with DEFCON in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2016.
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