Google, Microsoft, OpenAI To Help Developers Use AI To Find, Fix Software Vulnerabilities

Anthropic, Google, Microsoft, and OpenAI will collaborate with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a research and development agency within the Department of Defense (DOD), to enable competitors to develop state-of-the-art cybersecurity systems.

The two-year competition is intended to drive innovation in artificial intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity by creating a new generation of cybersecurity tools.

The competition is called the AI Cyber Challenge (AIxCC).

The goal is to protect the “software undergirds” that includes everything from financial systems to public utilities.

As software enables modern life and drives productivity, it also creates an expanding attack surface for malicious cybercriminals.

“AIxCC represents a first-of-its-kind collaboration between top AI companies, led by DARPA, to create AI-driven systems to help address one of society’s greatest challenges – cybersecurity,” says Perri Adams, DARPA’s AIxCC program manager.

During the past decade, companies have seen the development of promising new AI-enabled capabilities have the potential to support key cybersecurity issues.

Recent years have seen an increase in exposure threats to society by malicious cyberattacks that exploit the state of affairs. Advances in modern technology may provide a path toward solving them.

The top-scoring teams, up to 20, will be invited to participate in the semifinal competition.

Of these, the top-scoring teams -- up to five -- will receive monetary prizes and continue to the final phase and competition. The top three scoring competitors in the final competition will receive additional monetary prizes.

The Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF), a project of the Linux Foundation, will serve as a challenge advisor to guide teams in creating AI systems capable of addressing vital cybersecurity issues, such as the security of the critical infrastructure and software supply chains.


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