DoD, Army Ramp Up Cybersecurity Measures With New Initiatives

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2016 — Two initiatives were rolled out today to strengthen the cyber security environment in the Defense Department and the Army, DoD officials announced.

The first initiative is part of the “Hack the Pentagon” program that debuted last spring, officials said. Called the Vulnerability Disclosure Policy, it provides a legal avenue for digital security researchers who find and disclose vulnerabilities in DoD’s public websites.

The policy gives researchers clear guidance for testing and disclosing vulnerabilities, and also commits DoD to work openly and in good faith with outside researchers, officials said.

“The Vulnerability Disclosure Policy is like ‘see something, say something’ for the digital domain, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said.

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