Sign In

Communications of the ACM

ACM TechNews

DARPA Funds Hackers to Innovate Military Tech

DARPA seal

DARPA seal

Image credit: DARPA

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently launched Cyber Fast Track, a program that will fund innovative cybersecurity efforts by groups and people that do not usually work for the government, including hobbyists, small security groups, and hackers.

The Cyber Fast Track program will fund between 20 and 100 projects a year, according to DARPA project manager Peiter Zatko. The short, fixed-price contracts will be awarded within about 10 days of receipt of the proposal. Cyber Fast Track will fund experimental projects, such as commodity high-end computing and open software tools that could help the military.

Cyber Fast Track also could fund community projects, such as a bug-hunting exercise. "The way government is set up, it's almost impossible for the small businesses, the researchers, the hackers, to get money for research without giving up intellectual property or being purchased and having their company gutted," Zatko says. "I want to make it easier."

From InformationWeek
View Full Article

Abstracts Copyright © 2011 Information Inc., Bethesda, Maryland, USA


No entries found

Sign In for Full Access
» Forgot Password? » Create an ACM Web Account