Rear Adm. Christian Becker
Rear Adm. Christian Becker speaks at a NAVWAR event in San Diego. Navy photo

The Naval Information Warfare Systems Command is offering a $100,00-prize for innovative machine learning and artificial intelligence solutions to cybersecurity threats.

The Applications to Autonomous Cybersecurity Challenge — AI ATAC — is open to all U.S. citizens and those with permanent residence status.

The challenge, announced Monday, is to develop technology to autonomously detect and defeat advanced malware strains.

“We are approaching innovation with disciplined urgency,” said NAVWAR Commander Rear Adm. Christian Becker. “This prize challenge presents a unique opportunity to cast a wider net to get the best technology to the fleet faster.”

The first place entry will win $100,000. Second place will be awarded $50,000. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 30.

“We need to get after faster solutions from sectors of industry outside our traditional partners and we want to lower any barrier to entry. We believe by sponsoring AI ATAC we can quickly get new ideas about how we can incorporate AI and ML into our cybersecurity tool bag,” said John T. Armantrout of the Cyber Security Program office.

“This challenge is designed for anyone with AI and ML knowledge, whether they’re from a company, a university, a research institution or even an individual or group of friends who have a good idea,” he added.

NAVWAR, formerly known as SPAWAR, is the information warfighting department of the Navy with a staff of 11,000 active duty military and civil service professionals located around the world.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.