ARPA Launches $20 Million AI Cyber Challenge To Hunt & Fix AI Vulnerabilities

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has just launched the AI Cyber Challenge –  a new competition that challenges the nation’s top AI and cybersecurity talent to automatically find and fix software vulnerabilities, defend critical infrastructure from cyberattacks. The Challenge offers $20 million in prize money. 

AIxCC will allow two tracks for participation: the Funded Track and the Open Track. Funded Track competitors will be selected from proposals submitted to a Small Business Innovation Research solicitation. Up to seven small businesses will receive funding to participate. Open Track competitors will register with DARPA via the competition website and will proceed without DARPA funding. 

Teams on all tracks will participate in a qualifying event during the semifinal phase, where 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.

Chloé Messdaghi, Head of Threat Research, Protect AI, said: 

“We applaud the administration for its recognition of the crucial role the hacker community can play in identifying, codifying and closing the major security gaps that AI and ML platforms embody, foster or at the least, don’t address.  

“Protect AI has just launched the Huntr platform to pay security researchers for discovering vulnerabilities in open-source software, focusing exclusively on AI/ML threat research. We launched Huntr specifically because we noticed two things. 

“First, people in security aren’t aware of all of the vulnerabilities inherent in AI & ML or that improper usage can create and amplify. A platform that helps bug bounty hunters find vulns is critically important to helping drive new generations of safe, secure and effective AI-driven technologies and systems. 

“Also, we are offering educational content for security professionals to help them learn and grow as a community through our MLSecOps community platform.  

“Again, it’s great to see the Administration, the cybersecurity community and the hacker community come together to help ensure a safe future. The hacker community has been committed to and contributing to exactly this type of future for the last two decades.”

This is a good initiative by DARPA as we need to get ahead of any AI related vulnerabilities before a threat actor takes advantage of them. Hopefully we see more of this.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: