CGC Monitor: A Vetting System For The DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge

Michael Thompson and Timothy Vidas discuss their work at DFRWS US 2018.

Joe: So, here we have Michael and Tim, who will be talking about their paper, ‘CGC Monitor: A Vetting System for the DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge’.

Timothy: Hi. Thanks for sticking around for the last paper, presentation, [anyway], looks like a few more people have trickled in since breakfast. I’m Tim and this is Mike. And we both worked on the DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge program for about three years. And that concluded just under two years ago now, and the DEF CON conference in Las Vegas. So, we wanted to … it took a little bit to get through all of the disclosure and vetting and [01:01] processes for getting information out from the project, as is sometimes the case with government work. But we wanted to talk about a little piece of the integrity system that was forensically … doing some forensics on the submissions from the competitors.


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12:00 – Workflows
17:20 – Ensuring a secure environment
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27:30 – ISO standards
30:00 – MSAB’s pipeline plans
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