The Cyber Grand Challenge (CGC), sponsored by DARPA, will take place on Thursday, August 4, and is free and open to the public. CGC seeks to automate the cyber defense process by which machines will discover, prove and fix software flaws in real-time, without any assistance by humans. This project’s outcomes will embody the first generation of machines that can discover, prove and fix software flaws in real-time, without assistance. If successful, the speed of automated protection could someday blunt the structural advantages of cyber offense, which, today, has the advantage.

The event is being held at the Paris Hotel & Conference Center in Las Vegas, NV. The final event will take place Thursday night. The Cyber Grand Challenge finalists are the top scoring teams from the first year of the Cyber Grand Challenge, which was held on June 3rd, 2015.  Each winning finalist fielded an autonomous system that found and fixed enough vulnerabilities to gain an invitation to the final event. The CGC finalists represent a diverse field that includes industry leaders, university off-shoots, startups, academic researchers and hacker community competition veterans.