Mr. Mike Walker
Mike Walker is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft working on security AI. Prior to joining Microsoft, Mike led DARPA’s Cyber Grand Challenge, a two-year $58M contest to construct & compete the first prototypes of reasoning cyberdefense AI. In 2016 at the DEF CON hacking contest, these prototypes took their first flight into the game of hackers, Capture the Flag (CTF), landing zero-day exploits and writing patches in a fully autonomous battle. Mike has worked in a policy advisory role, testifying to the President’s Commission on Cybersecurity and serving as contributor and panelist to CSIS’s Surviving on a Diet of Poisoned Fruit. Prior to joining DARPA he worked as a research lab leader and principal vulnerability researcher focusing on tools to amplify vulnerability research abilities with the power of supercompute automation. Mike has played in DEF CON CTF finals, coached CTF teams, and built CTFs throughout his career.