Legislation calls for DHS bug bounty

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A bipartisan group of senators wants to create a bug bounty program inside the Department of Homeland Security.

Sens. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, introduced the Hack Department of Homeland Security Act, which would establish a bug bounty pilot program similar to those in use at the Department of Defense and major tech companies around the world.

“Federal agencies like DHS are under assault every day from cyberattacks.  These attacks threaten the safety, security and privacy of millions of Americans and in order to protect DHS and the American people from these threats, the Department will need help,” Hassan said in a statement.

The General Services Administration in May also awarded a contract to launch the first bug bounty program within a civilian agency in the federal government.

Check out CyberScoop for more on the legislation.

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