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ForAllSecure, a Carnegie Mellon University spinoff startup, took home $2 million in prize money as the winners of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Cyber Grand Challenge (CGC), a first-of-its-kind hacking contest in which all participants are autonomous computer systems.

ForAllSecure was one of seven finalist teams in the contest, which took place on Thursday, August 4, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

We believe our technology can make the world’s computers safe and secure.

David Brumley, Director, CyLab, Carnegie Mellon University

“Our vision is to check the world’s software for exploitable bugs so they can be fixed before attackers use them to hack computers,” says David Brumley, who wears several hats as CEO of ForAllSecure, director of Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab Security and Privacy Institute, and professor of electrical and computer engineering. “We believe our technology can make the world’s computers safe and secure.”

ForAllSecure’s system, dubbed “MAYHEM” by the team, scans software for bugs, generates exploits, and fixes vulnerabilities. The system performs every task completely autonomously.

“This is a shining moment for a startup born at Carnegie Mellon,” says Jim Garrett, dean of the College of Engineering. “We couldn’t be more proud of ForAllSecure for applying its vision to the development of cutting-edge technology that addresses the global issue of security.”