For more than fifty years, DARPA has held to a singular and enduring mission: to make pivotal investments in breakthrough technologies for national security.
DARPA explicitly reaches for transformational change instead of incremental advances. But it does not perform its engineering alchemy in isolation. It works within an innovation ecosystem that includes academic, corporate and governmental partners, with a constant focus on the Nation’s military Services, which work with DARPA to create new strategic opportunities and novel tactical options. For decades, this vibrant, interlocking ecosystem of diverse collaborators has proven to be a nurturing environment for the intense creativity that DARPA is designed to cultivate.
What if a purpose-built computer could compete against the CTF circuit’s greatest experts? Such a computer could scour the billions of lines of code we depend on, find and fix the toughest flaws, upend the economics of computer security, and level the playing field between attackers and defenders.
Over the next two years, innovators worldwide are invited to answer the call of Cyber Grand Challenge. Over a series of competition events, the very first prototype CTF-playing systems will be constructed, competed, and selected.
In 2016, DARPA will hold the world’s first all-computer Capture the Flag tournament live on stage co-located with the DEF CON Conference in Las Vegas where automated systems may take the first steps towards a defensible, connected future.
Automated machine-to-machine (no human) CTF
Securely Provision, Protect and Defend
Orientation & Team Structure
Team based preparation, CTF
Website & Schedule
Last event hosted in 2016 co-located with DEFCON