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Finalists

Meet the Finalists

DARPA has invited the following seven teams to the CGC Final Event based on their scores in the June 2015 CGC Qualifying Event:

Open Track
CSDS
Moscow, ID

The only system that was built from scratch

CSDS consists of Dr. Jia Song, a research assistant professor and Dr. Jim Alves-Foss, director of CSDS. CSDS is building a new and innovative custom tool suite to participate in the Cyber Grand Challenge.

Team Members: Dr. Jia Song, Dr. Jim Alves-Foss

Open Track: Initially self-funded

* Each Proposal Track and Open Track team earned a $750,000 prize at the CGC Qualifying Event to help them prepare for the CGC Final Event.

Open Track
Deep Red
Arlington, VA

Achieved top performance score; the only team that improved memory usage

Deep Red is composed of a small team of specialized engineers from Raytheon. The team name pays homage to both Raytheon's red logo and IBM's Deep Blue computing project that was designed to take on the world's grand masters of chess.

Team Members: Andrew Calvano, Shaun Davenport, Matt Heine, Eric Lee, Dan Smith, Corbin Souffrant, Dr. Stan Ponomarev, Steve Schmidt & Mike Stevenson

Led by: Tim Bryant, Brian Knudson

Open Track: Initially self-funded

* Each Proposal Track and Open Track team earned a $750,000 prize at the CGC Qualifying Event to help them prepare for the CGC Final Event.

Open Track
Disekt
Athens, GA

Sole team to score on five challenges

disekt is a computer security team that participates in various Capture the Flag security competitions hosted by other teams, universities and organizations from around the world.

Team Members: Michael Contreras, Robert Lee Harrison, Yeongjin Jang, Taesoo Kim, Byoungyoung Lee, Kang Li, Chengyu Song, Kevin J. Warrick, & Insu Yun

Open Track: Initially self-funded

* Each Proposal Track and Open Track team earned a $750,000 prize at the CGC Qualifying Event to help them prepare for the CGC Final Event.

Proposal Track
ForAllSecure
Pittsburgh, PA

Sole creator of Proof-of-Vulnerabilities for 12 challenges

Initially founded by Professor David Brumley, Thanassis Avgerinos and Alex Rebert, ForAllSecure has grown to nine employees in Pittsburgh and the San Francisco Bay Area. ForAllSecure’s technology is the result of more than a decade of program analysis research at Carnegie Mellon University

Team Members: John Davis, Ryan Goulden, Chelsea Mastilak, Tyler Nighswander

Led by: Professor David Brumley, Thanassis Avgerinos, and Alex Rebert.

Proposal Track: Initially funded through a government contract with DARPA.

* Each Proposal Track and Open Track team earned a $750,000 prize at the CGC Qualifying Event to help them prepare for the CGC Final Event.

Open Track
Shellphish
Santa Barbara, CA

Student-led effort, including the youngest program analyst expert

Shellphish started at the University of California, Santa Barbara as the SecLab hacking team. As members graduated and moved, the team expanded to include other locations such as Boston/Massachusetts, Alpes-Maritimes/France, London/United Kingdom and other exotic locations. Shellphish has participated in more DEF CON CTF editions than any other team.

Team Members: Antonio Bianchi, Kevin Borgolte, Jacopo Corbetta, Francesco Disperati, Andrew Dutcher, John Grosen, Aravind Machiry, Chris Salls, Yan Shoshitaishvili, Nick Stephens, & Ruoyu “Fish” Wang

Led by: Professor Giovanni Vigna (Leader), Yan Shoshitaishvili (Captain)

Open Track: Initially self-funded

* Each Proposal Track and Open Track team earned a $750,000 prize at the CGC Qualifying Event to help them prepare for the CGC Final Event.

Proposal Track
TechX
Ithaca, NY
Charlottesville, VA

Finished the CGC Qualifying Event in the first six hours

The TECHx team consists of leading software analysis experts from GrammaTech, Inc. and the University of Virginia. GrammaTech and UVA are co-developers of an automatic software-hardening technology called PEASOUP ("Preventing Exploits of Software Of Uncertain Provenance").

Team Members: Dr. Michele Co, Will Hawkins, Dr. Jason Hiser, Dr. Anh Nguyen-Tuong, Ducson Nguyen, Derek Morris, Eric Rizzi, Dr. Eric Schulte

Led by: Dr. David Melski & Professor Jack Davidson

Proposal Track: Initially funded through a government contract with DARPA.

* Each Proposal Track and Open Track team earned a $750,000 prize at the CGC Qualifying Event to help them prepare for the CGC Final Event.

Proposal Track
Codejitsu
Berkeley, CA
Lausanne, Switzerland
Syracuse, NY

International team that spans 11 time zones

CodeJitsu brings together researchers from the University of California at Berkeley, Cyberhaven, and Syracuse. The CodeJitsu CRS is based on automated binary analysis and hardening.

Team Members:
UC Berkeley: Mauro Matteo Cascella, Luca Guerra, Riccardo Schirone, Jonas Wagner
Cyberhaven: Dr. Radu Banabic, Dr. Vitaly Chipounov, Dr. Aristide Fattori, Dr. Volodymyr Kuznetsov, Dr. Cristian Zamfir
Syracuse University: Yue Duan, Wei Song, Jinghan Wang, Rundong Zhou

Led by: Professor Dawn Song, Professor George Candea, Professor Heng Yin, and Researcher Chao Zhang

Proposal Track: Initially funded through a government contract with DARPA.

* Each Proposal Track and Open Track team earned a $750,000 prize at the CGC Qualifying Event to help them prepare for the CGC Final Event.

CSDS

Moscow, ID

The only system that was built from scratch

CSDS consists of Dr. Jia Song, a research assistant professor and Dr. Jim Alves-Foss, director of CSDS. CSDS is building a new and innovative custom tool suite to participate in the Cyber Grand Challenge.

Team Members: Dr. Jia Song, Dr. Jim Alves-Foss

Open Track: Initially self-funded

* Each Proposal Track and Open Track team earned a $750,000 prize at the CGC Qualifying Event to help them prepare for the CGC Final Event.

*Open Track

Deep Red

Arlington, VA

Achieved top performance score; the only team that improved memory usage

Deep Red is composed of a small team of specialized engineers from Raytheon. The team name pays homage to both Raytheon's red logo and IBM's Deep Blue computing project that was designed to take on the world's grand masters of chess.

Team Members: Andrew Calvano, Shaun Davenport, Matt Heine, Eric Lee, Dan Smith, Corbin Souffrant, Dr. Stan Ponomarev, Steve Schmidt & Mike Stevenson

Led by: Tim Bryant, Brian Knudson

Open Track: Initially self-funded

* Each Proposal Track and Open Track team earned a $750,000 prize at the CGC Qualifying Event to help them prepare for the CGC Final Event.

*Open Track

Disekt

Athens, GA

Sole team to score on five challenges

disekt is a computer security team that participates in various Capture the Flag security competitions hosted by other teams, universities and organizations from around the world.

Team Members: Michael Contreras, Robert Lee Harrison, Yeongjin Jang, Taesoo Kim, Byoungyoung Lee, Kang Li, Chengyu Song, Kevin J. Warrick, & Insu Yun

Open Track: Initially self-funded

* Each Proposal Track and Open Track team earned a $750,000 prize at the CGC Qualifying Event to help them prepare for the CGC Final Event.

*Open Track

ForAllSecure

Pittsburgh, PA

Sole creator of Proof-of-Vulnerabilities for 12 challenges

Initially founded by Professor David Brumley, Thanassis Avgerinos and Alex Rebert, ForAllSecure has grown to nine employees in Pittsburgh and the San Francisco Bay Area. ForAllSecure’s technology is the result of more than a decade of program analysis research at Carnegie Mellon University

Team Members: John Davis, Ryan Goulden, Chelsea Mastilak, Tyler Nighswander

Led by: Professor David Brumley, Thanassis Avgerinos, and Alex Rebert.

Proposal Track: Initially funded through a government contract with DARPA.

* Each Proposal Track and Open Track team earned a $750,000 prize at the CGC Qualifying Event to help them prepare for the CGC Final Event.

*Proposal Track

Shellphish

Santa Barbara, CA

Student-led effort, including the youngest program analyst expert

Shellphish started at the University of California, Santa Barbara as the SecLab hacking team. As members graduated and moved, the team expanded to include other locations such as Boston/Massachusetts, Alpes-Maritimes/France, London/United Kingdom and other exotic locations. Shellphish has participated in more DEF CON CTF editions than any other team.

Team Members: Antonio Bianchi, Kevin Borgolte, Jacopo Corbetta, Francesco Disperati, Andrew Dutcher, John Grosen, Aravind Machiry, Chris Salls, Yan Shoshitaishvili, Nick Stephens, & Ruoyu “Fish” Wang

Led by: Professor Giovanni Vigna (Leader), Yan Shoshitaishvili (Captain)

Open Track: Initially self-funded

* Each Proposal Track and Open Track team earned a $750,000 prize at the CGC Qualifying Event to help them prepare for the CGC Final Event.

*Open Track

TechX

Ithaca, NY
Charlottesville, VA

Finished the CGC Qualifying Event in the first six hours

The TECHx team consists of leading software analysis experts from GrammaTech, Inc. and the University of Virginia. GrammaTech and UVA are co-developers of an automatic software-hardening technology called PEASOUP ("Preventing Exploits of Software Of Uncertain Provenance").

Team Members: Dr. Michele Co, Will Hawkins, Dr. Jason Hiser, Dr. Anh Nguyen-Tuong, Ducson Nguyen, Derek Morris, Eric Rizzi, Dr. Eric Schulte

Led by: Dr. David Melski & Professor Jack Davidson

Proposal Track: Initially funded through a government contract with DARPA.

* Each Proposal Track and Open Track team earned a $750,000 prize at the CGC Qualifying Event to help them prepare for the CGC Final Event.

*Proposal Track

Codejitsu

Berkeley, CA
Lausanne, Switzerland
Syracuse, NY

International team that spans 11 time zones

CodeJitsu brings together researchers from the University of California at Berkeley, Cyberhaven, and Syracuse. The CodeJitsu CRS is based on automated binary analysis and hardening.

Team Members:
UC Berkeley: Mauro Matteo Cascella, Luca Guerra, Riccardo Schirone, Jonas Wagner
Cyberhaven: Dr. Radu Banabic, Dr. Vitaly Chipounov, Dr. Aristide Fattori, Dr. Volodymyr Kuznetsov, Dr. Cristian Zamfir
Syracuse University: Yue Duan, Wei Song, Jinghan Wang, Rundong Zhou

Led by: Professor Dawn Song, Professor George Candea, Professor Heng Yin, and Researcher Chao Zhang

Proposal Track: Initially funded through a government contract with DARPA.

* Each Proposal Track and Open Track team earned a $750,000 prize at the CGC Qualifying Event to help them prepare for the CGC Final Event.

*Proposal Track