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Inspired by Silicon Valley, Pentagon launched “Hack the Pentagon” open challenge to find cyber security vulnerabilities

Inspired by Silicon Valley, Pentagon launched “Hack the Pentagon” open challenge to find cyber security vulnerabilities

Pentagon, USA:  Pentagon is searching for briallint computer hackers from the World. “Hack the Pentagon” is a program introduced to screen high-tech hackers and bring them to US Defense Department to fix cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

Hack the Pentagon

According to the Pentagon official reports, it is the first time when the federal government understands that cybersecurity vulnerabilities are becoming critical.

“Hack the Pentagon,” will begin next month. Defence Department is working through a number of legal issues involving the authorization of “white-hat hackers(Ethical Hackers)” to breach active Pentagon websites.

Defense Secretary Carter said he will be “inviting responsible hackers to test our cybersecurity,” because he believes “strengthen our digital defenses and ultimately enhance our national security.”

Defense Secretary Carter

US Defense Secretary Speaking about Program

This ideas comes from Silicon Valley, where lots of high tech companies offer financial rewards for finding system operational vulnerabilities.  Accordings to the official reports of Pentagon, “Defense Department systems get probed and attacked millions of times a day”.

“We’re trying to adopt what is a best practice,” Defence Secretary said. “It’s a way of crowdsourcing the expertise and having access to good people. … You’d much rather find the vulnerabilities in your networks in that way”.

This program will invite hackers to hack public networks or websites without any sensitive information or personal employee data.  Carter said “Hackers will get rewards including their bright career in world’s greatest military’s systems.”

 

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