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New to autonomous security | CSO Online

by ethhack

Autonomy is just another word for automating decisions. And we can make cyber more autonomous. This has been proven in in-depth scientific work in top-tier research venues, a 2016 public demonstration by DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), and new industry tools.

They’ve all proven that we can replace humans – or at least make them more productive – in cybersecurity by replacing manual human effort with autonomous technology. However, it is important to note that the primary focus of research is to show something “can” be done, not what “should” be done.

What are the parts of a fully cyber-autonomous system? What can you add today to your toolbox to make your cybersecurity program more autonomous? Read on to learn the 4 key components of a cyber-autonomous system, what’s been shown, and what you can do today.

The challenge

In 2014 the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency – DARPA – issued a challenge: can researchers demonstrate that fully autonomous cyber is possible? They dubbed this challenge the “Cyber Grand Challenge.”

DARPA is no neophyte. DARPA funded and led the development of the original internet. Previous grand challenges, such as the autonomous car challenge, have shaped the technology we find in Tesla, Uber, and ArgoAI. They wanted to pursue the same for cybersecurity.

$60 million dollars later, the results are in. Yes, it is possible to do fully autonomous cyber – at least in theory and in DARPA’s defined environment. Participants demonstrated autonomous application security by showing how systems can find vulnerabilities and self-heal from them. (In later posts we will talk about network security.)

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