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PENTAGON’S NOVEL WAY TO DEAL WITH CYBER WORID

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By Ann Tyller | March 2, 2016 11:40 pm

The Department of Defense is recruiting experienced and vetted hackers to put its security to the test. The new program, called “Hack the Pentagon,” will launch in April.

“I am always challenging our people to think outside the five-sided box that is the Pentagon,” Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said in a statement. “Inviting responsible hackers to test our cybersecurity certainly meets that test. I am confident this innovative initiative will strengthen our digital defense and ultimately enhance our national security.”

PENTAGON’S NOVEL WAY TO DEAL WITH HACKERS

PENTAGON’S NOVEL WAY TO DEAL WITH HACKERS

The Pentagon’s program mirrors similar challenges from large companies, who recruit so-called “white hat hackers” to test their cybersecurity systems. Some companies, like Google, pay hackers who find and report bugs and exploits in its software.

It’s unclear if the Pentagon will offer monetary rewards as part of the new program. The Department of Defense says it’s the “first in a series of programs designed to test and find vulnerabilities” in its apps, websites, and networks.

The Pentagon will be hoping to strengthen their systems as the program comes a day after it just announced that they would start using cyberattacks as a way to counter-attack against terrorism. These attacks would be used mainly against the notorious Islamic State group which has terrorised many countries in Europe and Africa as of late.

Officials said the pilot program will involve public networks or websites that do not have any sensitive information or personal employee data on them. Is the Pentagon seeking a novel way to detect and correct a flawed cybersecurity system, or will they pay hacktivists to embarrass them on the world stage? The answer is out in April.

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