The Defense Department plans toÂ enlistÂ ethical hackers for a pilot cyber “bug bounty” program that aims to uncoverÂ security vulnerabilities on DoD’s public-facingÂ websites.
The Hack the Pentagon initiativeÂ will useÂ private-sector crowdsourcing to allow participants to identifyÂ and analyzeÂ bugsÂ in non-mission-critical Web applications for the department, DoD said Wednesday.
“I am confident this innovative initiative will strengthen our digital defenses and ultimately enhance our national security,” notedÂ Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.
The initiative, led by the Defense Digital Service organization, will offer monetary and non-financial rewards to participants.
DoDÂ derived the program from competitions that some companies hold in a bid to strengthenÂ the security of their networks, products and service offerings.
The departmentÂ noted it willÂ provide informationÂ on program requirements and rulesÂ prior to the program’s official launch in April.