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AI-ATAC graphic SAN DIEGO (June 20, 2019) Logo for the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command's Artificial Intelligence Application to Autonomous Cybersecurity Challenge (AI ATAC). U.S. Navy illustration by Frances Zukowski.

AI prize challenge offers $150,000 total cash prizes

SAN DIEGO - The Navy kicked off the Artificial Intelligence Applications to Autonomous Cybersecurity Challenge (AI ATAC), a prize competition seeking innovative machine learning and artificial intelligence (ML/AI) solutions for real-world cybersecurity challenges, July 8.
Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) and Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PEO C4I) are sponsoring AI ATAC in part to gather insight and participation from nontraditional defense vendors, teams or individuals. While other government agencies have used prize challenges, this is a first for the NAVWAR enterprise.
The first place entry will win $100,000. Second place will be awarded $50,000.
“We’e approaching innovation with disciplined urgency,” said NAVWAR Commander Rear Adm. Christian Becker. “This prize challenge presents a unique opportunity to cast a wider net to get the best technology to the fleet faster.”
The challenge is open to all U.S. citizens and those with permanent residence status. The open period for submissions is through September 30. To be considered for the prizes, entrants need to provide an endpoint security solution and a white paper for evaluation. Winners are expected to be announced in December.
To learn more about the AI ATAC, including rules, criteria and eligibility requirements, visit

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