DARPA plans cyber capture the flag competition

Do you have the skills to build binaries that top computer security experts can’t crack?

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency plans to award several tasks as it builds out is Cyber Grand Challenge.

Awards for challenge set development -- the binaries that they want hacked -- could be worth up to $2 million, according to the FedBizOpps notice. Multiple awards are expected in that areas.

A single award for $1 million is expected for integrity development, which will develop competition controls and sensors.

DARPA needs innovative approaches for developing and operating a competition framework for automated cybersecurity competition events that are part of the challenge. Challenge binaries are network services that accept remote network connections, perform processing on network-supplied data, and interact with remote hosts over network connections. The binaries will be used as analysis challenges within the competition.

The competitors will develop technology that will attempt to locate and mitigate flaws in the binaries.

DARPA described it as a capture the flag competition.

Proposals are due by April 25.

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Matthew Weigelt is a freelance journalist who writes about acquisition and procurement.

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