Yesterday, Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Group announced the BlueHat Prize contest, designed to generate new ideas for defensive approaches to support computer security.
This is a skill-based Contest and the objective of this contest is to challenge security researchers to design a novel runtime mitigation technology designed to prevent the exploitation of memory safety vulnerabilities.
According to Matt Thomlinson, general manager, Trustworthy Computing Group, Microsoft;
As the risk of criminal attacks on private and government computer systems continues to increase, Microsoft recognizes the need to stimulate research in the area of defensive computer security technology. Our interest is to promote a focus on developing innovative solutions rather than discovering individual issues. We believe the BlueHat Prize can catalyze defensive efforts to help mitigate entire classes of attacks.
The solution considered to be the most innovative by the Microsoft BlueHat Prize board will be presented the grand prize of US $200,000
First prize: $200,000 (USD)
Second prize: $50,000 (USD)
Third prize: MSDN Universal subscription valued at $10,000 (USD)
For details, rules & regulations and how to enter the contest, visit Microsoft.