Hackathon Helps Explore Tomorrow’s Security Challenges

To get a better grapple of the obstacles to securing future networks, the Army Research Laboratory earlier this month organized a hackathon that convened nearly 40 students interested in cybersecurity. 

With support from the University of Texas at El Paso and forensic analysts from the FBI, ARL hosted malware analysis hackathon in Texas on May 2. Students solved malware analysis problems and created decoders for modern-day remote access Trojan malware.

Those will be used by ARL researchers to advance autonomous active defense protections for systems on the tactical edge, said Dr. Jaime Acosta, who led the ARL South Cyber Rapid Innovation Group, or CyberRIG.

A panel that included FBI cyber experts and other professionals in the field judged the participants. 

"The success of this event makes it clear that these types of rapid innovation activities are a great way to gather students and experts alike; to solve critical issues in an efficient and collaborative way," Acosta said. "We plan to continue using this model to enhance cyber security research that will ready the Soldier of the future."

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