The Defense Digital Service (DDS) and HackerOne announced the launch of the DDS’s latest bug bounty program with HackerOne. It is the eleventh program for DDS and HackerOne and the third with the U.S. Department of the Army.
The bug bounty program- Hack The Army 3.0
The bug bounty program, Hack the Army 3.0, incentivize security research and reporting of real-world security vulnerabilities in exchange for monetary rewards for qualified vulnerabilities and participants.
Hack the Army 3.0 is a time-bound, hacker-powered security test aimed at surfacing vulnerabilities, hence they can be resolved before they are exploited by adversaries.
The bug bounty program is open to both military and civilian participants and will run from January 6 to February 17, 2021.
The program is conducted by the Defense Digital Service (DDS), it is open by-invitation-only to civilian hackers and active U.S. military members. Bug bounties will only be offered to civilian hackers for valid security vulnerabilities according to the program policy. Military and contractor personnel are not eligible to receive financial rewards.
By disclosing vulnerabilities to security teams, civilian and military hackers will help the U.S. Army to secure digital assets and defend against cyberattacks.
According to the U.S. Army Cyber Command Director of Operations, Brig. Gen. Adam C. Volant,” Bug bounty programs are a unique and effective ‘force multiplier’ for safeguarding critical Army networks, systems and data, and build on the efforts of our Army and DoD security professionals”.
“By ‘crowdsourcing’ solutions with the help of the world’s best military and civilian ethical hackers, we complement our existing security measures and provide an additional means to identify and fix vulnerabilities. Hack the Army 3.0 builds upon the successes and lessons of our prior bug bounty programs.”
“Amidst disinformation and a global health crisis, citizens are increasingly wary of how, when, and where their information is used. Hacker-powered security is not only a best practice in the US military, but it is now a mandated requirement among civilian federal agencies. There is only one way to secure our connected society, together, and the U.S. Army is leading the charge with this latest challenge.”, says Marten Mickos, CEO of HackerOne.
Defense Digital Service has launched a Vulnerability Disclosure Program (VDP) for the DoD in 2016, which is now one of the most successful programs of its kind with hackers reporting over 20,000 security vulnerabilities to date.
Hackers who become aware of any vulnerabilities can safely disclose them to the DoD at any time through this ongoing VDP with HackerOne.