The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced a new "bug bounty" program in which outside hackers will be paid to identify vulnerabilities in certain DHS computer systems.
The Hack DHS program will include only "vetted cybersecurity researchers who have been invited to access select external DHS systems," the DHS said in a statement. DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said DHS will pay researchers $500 to $5,000 per vulnerabilities verified within 48 hours. The department will fix or develop remediation plans to correct the problem within 15 days.
"As the federal government's cybersecurity quarterback, DHS must lead by example and constantly seek to strengthen the security of our own systems. The Hack DHS program incentivizes highly skilled hackers to identify cybersecurity weaknesses in our systems before they can be exploited by bad actors," Mayorkas said.
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