Aspiring hacker? The Pentagon wants to hear from you
The Pentagon announced on Wednesday that it would invite outside hackers to test the cyber security of some public U.S. Defense Department's websites as part of a pilot project next month, according to an article on the Huffington Post.
This will be the first of such a program offered by the federal government. Programs such as these are initiated to find and identify problems before outside hackers can exploit them.
"Hack the Pentagon" is modeled after similar competitions known as "bug bounties" that are conducted by big U.S. companies, including United Continental Holdings Inc to discover gaps in the security of their networks.
"I am confident that this innovative initiative will strengthen our digital defenses and ultimately enhance our national security," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a statement unveiling the pilot program.
Participants will have to be U.S. citizens and will have to register and submit to a background check, the Pentagon said. It said other more sensitive networks or key weapons programs would not be included.
The initiative is being led by the Pentagon's Defense Digital Service (DDS), which was set up last November to bring experts from the U.S. technology industry into the military for short stints.