Microsoft AI Powering DARPA’s AI Cyber Challenge

William Chappell

One of the most promising applications of advanced AI is its ability to help combat cyberattacks from enhanced threat intelligence to AI-powered remediation.  The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched the AI Cyber Challenge (AIxCC) that will bring together the foremost experts in AI and cybersecurity to develop innovative solutions to safeguard critical infrastructure from cyber threats. Microsoft is proud to support this challenge by providing the participating teams with access to the latest AI models in Microsoft Azure.

Innovation with AI and cybersecurity is even more important for areas like critical infrastructure where the stakes are the highest. We’ve observed increasing infrastructure attacks in locations such as Ukraine where our threat intelligence teams had tracked multiple waves of cyberattacks. We’re putting this learning into action by supporting the AI Cyber Challenge to help the nation protect critical infrastructure, spanning financial systems to public utilities, from cyber threats.

Azure’s incredibly powerful AI capabilities are now being shared with teams to solve these important cyber challenges during the two-year competition. Teams can choose to build their whole cyber reasoning system within Azure and from there they can use our language models to fine-tune for their explicit needs. Microsoft is also offering participating startups up to $150,000 worth of Azure credits, which include access to Azure and Open AI, as well as over $200,000 worth of Microsoft business products, including GitHub Enterprise.

We are excited to be partnering with DARPA and you to address cybercity threats with leading AI technologies. To learn more about the AIxCC Challenge, visit

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