Meet the 7 finalist teams and step inside the action to see how they will race to the Cyber Grand Challenge finals in August 2016.
Solved three qualifier challenges
Berkeley, CA
CodeJitsu is a Cyber Grand Challenge team based at UC Berkeley and led by Professor Dawn Song. The CodeJitsu Cyber Reasoning System is based on automated Binary Analysis and Hardening.
Only system that was built from scratch
Moscow, ID
The Center for Secure and Dependable Systems (CSDS) at the University of Idaho is proud to sponsor team CSDS as an open-track team for the DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge. This self-funded team consists of Dr. Jia Song, a postdoctoral researcher and Dr. Jim Alves-Foss, director of CSDS. Although a small team, they are building from scratch a new and innovative custom tool suite to participate in the Cyber Grand Challenge. New to the Capture-the-Flag environment, they bring a perspective built on years of experience in different aspects of cyber security.
Only team that improved memory usage and had top performance score
Deep Red
Arlington, VA
Deep Red is composed of a small team of specialized engineers from Raytheon. The Deep Red team is inventing new ways to analyze software that builds on its uniquely rich heritage in computer security. The team hopes to create a system that impacts current practice and significantly advances the next generation of cybersecurity. The team name pays homage to both Raytheon's red logo and IBM's Deep Blue computing project that was designed to take on the world's grand masters of chess.
Only team to score on six challenge sets
Pittsburgh, PA
ForAllSecure's mission is to test the world's software and provide actionable information to its customers. The team has started with Linux and its mission with Linux is to test all programs in current distributions, such as Debian, Ubuntu and Red Hat. With time, the team will cover other platforms, such as Mac, Windows and mobile. In the meantime, the team promises to do one thing well. ForAllSecure’s technology is the result of more than a decade of program analysis research at Carnegie Mellon University. Initially founded by Professor David Brumley, Thanassis Avgerinos and Alex Rebert, it has now grown to nine employees in Pittsburgh and the Bay Area in California. ForAllSecure’s Cyber Grand Challenge technology will also be available commercially for checking off-the-shelf software.
Has youngest program analysis expert
Santa Barbara, CA
Shellphish started at UC Santa Barbara as the SecLab hacking team. As members graduated and moved, the team expanded to include other locations such as Boston/Massachusetts, Alpes-Maritimes/France, London/United Kingdom and other exotic locations. The team enjoys surfing, walks on the beach and pwning n00bs. Shellphish has participated in more Defcon CTF editions than any other team.
Finished Cyber Grand Challenge in the first six hours
Ithaca, NY
The TECHx team consists of leading software analysis experts from GrammaTech, Inc. and the University of Virginia. The team is led by Dr. David Melski (PI) and Professors Jack Davidson and John Knight (co-PIs). GrammaTech and UVA are co-developers of an automatic software-hardening technology called PEASOUP ("Preventing Exploits of Software Of Uncertain Provenance"). PEASOUP uses a combination of automatic binary analysis, repair, confinement and diversification to prevent exploits of important classes of vulnerabilities, including those based on memory-safety, command-injection, and number-handling weaknesses.
Scored on five challenges
Athens, GA
disekt is a computer security team that participates in various Capture the Flag security competitions hosted by other teams, universities and organizations from around the world.
Awarded DARPA funding for first and second years of CGC
Awarded DARPA funding for second year of CGC
All teams that reached the finals have received prize money to move forward.

We’re gearing up for the live final on Thursday, August 4, 2016, co-located with DEF CON in Las Vegas. In the meantime, check out this 60 Minutes clip on YouTube with DARPA Program Manager Mike Walker to learn more about the Cyber Grand Challenge.