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U.S. Cyber Command Lists Technical Challenge Areas

Officials believe no solutions currently exist.
Posted by George I. Seffers
U.S. Cyber Command officials recently released a list of tough technical challenges areas, for which solutions may not yet exist. Credit: DR MANAGER/Shutterstock

U.S. Cyber Command officials recently released a list of tough technical challenges areas, for which solutions may not yet exist. Credit: DR MANAGER/Shutterstock

The U.S. Cyber Command has released a list of 39 challenge problems fitting under 12 categories: vulnerabilities, malware, analytics, implant, situational awareness, capability development, persona, hunt, mission management, attack, security and blockchain.

The document was released by the Cyber Command deputy director for technology, Berl “Mike” Thomas. “These Technical Challenge Problems are not requirements for which we anticipate solutions exist today. Rather, they are significant challenges which will require developers to use existing capabilities in novel ways, add new features, innovate, or drive new research,” the document says.

Among other challenges, Cyber Command says it needs a to patch vulnerabilities more quickly, rapidly reverse engineer malware, conduct open source research on malware, improve reporting on network activities, acquire effective automation and analytics, build and train machine learning models to help detect and counter malware infections, augment the cyber workforce with artificial intelligence, rapidly prototype solutions, recognize adversarial use of false personas, automate mission risk management, leverage commercial cloud solutions to conduct attacks, and conduct open source research to develop prototypes capable of countering adversarial use of cryptocurrency and cryptocurrency mining.

The full document can be found here.