The Pentagon will invite hackers to test the Defense Department’s cybersecurity with the goal of keeping future hackers out. The pilot program, called “Hack the Pentagon,” will allow vetted hackers to find and analyze vulnerabilities on public DOD webpages and a predetermined system; critical mission systems will not be included. “I am always challenging our people to think outside the five-sided box that is the Pentagon,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a written release. “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.” Hackers must register and submit to a background check before they can participate in the program, which will begin in April.
Reports of production troubles on the SpaceX rocket that could contend for military cargo deliveries happened to coincide with a different company’s concept receiving an early nod—one that might not require a rocket at all.