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Microsoft Joins Forces with DARPA for Groundbreaking AI Cybersecurity Challenge

Microsoft supports DARPA's AI contest to improve cybersecurity for critical infrastructure. They offer AI models, credits, and cash prizes


has announced its with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to support participants in the agency's AI Cyber Challenge. This initiative seeks to engage leading talents in artificial intelligence (AI) and to develop systems aimed at protecting the United States' critical infrastructure. Microsoft's involvement will provide contestants access to advanced AI models through its Azure cloud services, underscoring the importance of innovation in AI and cybersecurity, especially for safeguarding vital sectors like financial systems and public utilities.

Empowering Innovation through Azure

In a move to bolster the capabilities of the contest's participants, Microsoft has committed to offering up to $150,000 in Azure credits to each team. Additionally, the company will provide $200,000 worth of its business products to further assist the teams in their development efforts. This support is part of Microsoft's broader strategy to apply its threat intelligence and cybersecurity expertise, gained from observing infrastructure attacks in regions including Ukraine, to help protect critical infrastructure against .

The Competition Structure and Rewards

The DARPA AI Cyber Challenge, spanning two years, is structured in two phases. The first phase will culminate at the DEF CON security conference in Las Vegas, scheduled for August 8-11, 2024. At this event, DARPA will select the top seven teams as semi-finalists, each receiving $2 million.

The competition's second and final phase will lead to the 2025 DEF CON conference, where the winning team will be awarded $4 million, the second-place team $3 million, and the third-place team $1.5 million. This structured approach not only incentivizes participation but also promises significant advancements in the field of AI-driven cybersecurity solutions for protecting critical infrastructure.

Microsoft's Willingness to Work with AI in the Military

In April, reportedly unveiled a proposition to the US Department of Defense, showcasing the potential military applications of  technologies, including the AI-based image generator DALL-E, developed by . In a document presented during a Department of Defense training seminar in October 2023, Microsoft highlighted how its partnership with OpenAI could revolutionize training within the military sector. 

Luke Jones
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Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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