House Committee on Homeland Security Advanced DHS Bug Bounty Program Bill

House Committee on Homeland Security advanced two bills today through which it wants to create a bug bounty program and to establish a vulnerability disclosure policy for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) according to a report from The Hill.

The first bill introduced by the Democrat Sen. Maggie Hassan and suggestively named "Hack the Department of Homeland Security Act" wants to set up a bug bounty pilot program within the Office of the Chief Information Officer.

The new program initiated by this bill strives to minimize the number of vulnerabilities which affect the Department of Homeland Security's Internet-accessible devices and to make it possible for white hat hackers to both identify and report said security vulnerabilities in exchange for monetary compensation.

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