Description: Cyber Fast Track is a DARPA program that was originally announced at last year's ShmooCon. It took over 9 months of effort to work through government contracting, legal requirements, and DoD management to allow the program to go live in August of 2011. Just two months into the program it has already received 22 proposals, funded 8 projects, and shown an unprecedented turn around time from receipt of proposals to having performers on contract and working their research projects in an average of 7 days! This talk will look at the challenges, motivation, and ingenuity of the people behind the Cyber Fast Track effort and of those making use of it to fund their research efforts.
Peiter Mudge Zatko - At last year's ShmooCon keynote, Mudge announced the DARPA Cyber Fast Track effort that was being designed to fund innovative research performed at hackerspaces and boutique security companies. This talk chronicles the creation of the program, some of the current projects that have received funding, and what the future holds. Mudge is the person many remember as the leader of the L0pht, an early pioneer of buffer overflows, author of l0phtcrack, and an advocate of full disclosure and security advisories. He still believes hackers are a key force in cutting edge research and ingenuity.
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