Menu
US DoD to invite security experts to Hack the Pentagon

US DoD to invite security experts to Hack the Pentagon

The cyber bug bounty program is a first for the federal government, but you'll need to undergo a background check

The U.S. Department of Defense plans to ask computer security experts to Hack the Pentagon as part of a push to improve its cyber defenses.

The initiative is similar to the bug bounty programs run by commercial software companies seeking to reward hackers who report security vulnerabilities in code. The DOD says it's the first cyber bug bounty program in the history of the federal government.

The DOD program, which will launch in April, will ask participants to examine its public Web pages, searching out vulnerabilities and attack launching points.

But the program will only go that far. The DOD's classified networks will be off-limits to the participants, and they won't be free to launch actual attacks on any of the department's public-facing sites.

The Pentagon will recruit participants through crowdsourcing websites, and they'll be required to register and submit to a background check. Once approved, they'll have access to a system chosen by the DOD for a predetermined amount of time.

Participants could be eligible for "monetary awards and other recognition," the DOD said.

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has spoken a lot about the need for his department to work more closely with Silicon Valley and emulate some of the ways in which tech start-ups operate and innovate.

The Hack the Pentagon program is a product of just such an initiative: the Defense Digital Service, a small team of engineers, affiliated with the U.S. Digital Service, that seeks to improve the DOD's technological agility. Carter launched the Defense Digital Service last November.

“I am always challenging our people to think outside the five-sided box that is the Pentagon,” he said in a statement. “Inviting responsible hackers to test our cybersecurity certainly meets that test."

The Pentagon said it would offer more details about the program and how to apply in the coming weeks.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.

Featured

Slideshows

Bumper channel crowd kicks off first After Hours of 2018

Bumper channel crowd kicks off first After Hours of 2018

After Hours made a welcome return to the channel social calendar with a bumper crowd of partners, distributors and vendors descending on The Jefferson in Auckland to kick-start 2018. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Bumper channel crowd kicks off first After Hours of 2018
Looking back at the top 15 M&A deals in NZ during 2017

Looking back at the top 15 M&A deals in NZ during 2017

In 2017, merger and acquisitions fever reached new heights in New Zealand, with a host of big name deals dominating the headlines. Reseller News recaps the most important transactions of the Kiwi channel during the past 12 months.

Looking back at the top 15 M&A deals in NZ during 2017
Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours

Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours

The channel in New Zealand came together to celebrate the close of 2017, as the final After Hours played out in front of a bumper Auckland crowd.

Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours
Show Comments