DHS Launches Bug Bounty Program

DHS Launches Bug Bounty Program

The United States Department of Homeland Security has launched a new bug bounty program to identify potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities and increase the department’s cybersecurity resilience. 

When announcing the "Hack DHS" program in a statement shared yesterday, the department said its aim was to uncover weaknesses within certain DHS systems so that they can be patched.

In exchange for pointing out flaws, successful bug hunters will receive a cash payment. How much they earn will be decided by a sliding scale, with the highest bounties going to hackers who catch the most severe bugs.

The DHS bug bounty program is by invitation only. Program participants will be selected from a list of vetted cybersecurity researchers.

“As the federal government’s cybersecurity quarterback, DHS must lead by example and constantly seek to strengthen the security of our own systems,” said Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

“The Hack DHS program incentivizes highly skilled hackers to identify cybersecurity weaknesses in our systems before they can be exploited by bad actors.”

Mayorkas added that the new program is an example of how the DHS is partnering with the community to help protect America's national cybersecurity.

Hack DHS is a three-phase program that will run throughout the

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